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Kay O. Wilburn


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Kay O. Wilburn
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Kay is a member of the firm’s Corporate Practice and Estate Planning/Probate Practice groups. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Tax Law and Trust and Estates and has been listed in Alabama Super Lawyers in the Estate Planning and Probate categories of law. Kay is also recognized as an AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®. She is also listed in the National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers. Locally, Kay has been recognized as a “Top Flight Attorney” and one of the “Top Women in Law” by B-Metro Magazine.

Kay has authored numerous articles regarding tax, corporate law and alternative dispute resolution matters. In Fall 2015, her article entitled “Important Information for your Estate Planning Clients” was featured in the Birmingham Bar Bulletin. Kay has been trained as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association and has served as a volunteer arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. She has also served as external mediator for the EEOC. Kay has taught Business Law and Legal Environment of Business at UAB and frequently lectures at tax seminars for lawyers and accountants. Kay was quoted in Newsweek (April 16, 2007) for her estate planning related advice.

  • The Best Lawyers in America – Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Tax Law and Trust and Estates 
  • Alabama Super Lawyers in the Estate Planning and Probate
  • AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®.
  • National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers.
  • “Top Flight Attorney” B- Metro Magazine
  • “Top Women in Law” by B-Metro Magazine
  • Birmingham Magazine 2020 Top Attorneys- Probate 
  • Member – Alabama State Bar Association
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association
  • Kay has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Federal Tax Clinic, Inc. and served on its By-laws committee. She has held a number of leadership positions in the Alabama State Bar Association, including service as the Vice-Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and Chairperson of the Media Relations Subcommittee. Kay has served as Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee and currently is a member of the Probate Committee for the Birmingham Bar Association. She has been selected to serve on the Alabama Law Institute’s Partition of Heirs Property Act Committee to review related issues for potential proposed state legislation. She is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham, the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Professional Advisory Council, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, The Women’s Network, and is a past member of the Financial Planning Association of North Alabama.

Kay is involved in a number of civic, community and professional organizations. She is an alumnus of Leadership Birmingham and has served on the Finance and Tax Committee of the Birmingham Business Alliance. Kay also has served as a member and as President of the Vestavia Hills Board of Education. She is a past board member of the Vestavia Hills Education Foundation and a past President of Leadership Vestavia Hills. She has been a Trustee of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice-President – Education for the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce and has frequently served as a member of the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast committee. Kay served as chair of the Permanent Endowment Fund Committee which established the first Endowment Fund for Vestavia Hills Baptist Church and has chaired or served on other committees at her church.

Kay was selected to be a member of the Newcomen Society of Alabama. Kay was also selected as a member of a Leadership Class of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alabama-Mississippi Chapter (NMSS) and as a member of its Advisory Council. Kay was one of thirteen Alabama women selected for the 2009 Women’s Exchange Profiles, which recognizes, honors, and promotes the accomplishments and contributions of Alabama women.

See her profile at: http://www.womens-exchange.com/KayWilburn.htm.

Kay has supported various charities in a volunteer leadership capacity. She was selected as a charter member of the Mid-Alabama Region American Red Cross Legacy Society. She has served on the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors for North Central Alabama. As a team captain in the 2009 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (for breast cancer research), Kay was listed as the third highest individual fundraiser for the Birmingham race. Since then, in most years through 2015, she has been one of the top individual fundraisers and was the top individual fundraiser and her team, Pink Link, was the top fundraising team for the 2011 and 2015 Susan G. Komen Races for the Cure. In addition, she was awarded the Violeta Caceres “Pink Lady” Award for her inspiration to “Ignite Passion” in memory of Dr. Violeta Caceres, a long-time avid supporter of the Race of the Cure. In 2010, the American Bar Association published a “Survivor Story” by Kay as an attorney who had survived breast cancer. She has served on the Advisory Board of the non-profit Seasoned Performers organization and has served in various leadership capacities in the Civiettes Club organization engaged in fundraising for the United Cerebral Palsy Center.

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