Montgomery, Alabama, July 21, 2012 – Phillip W. McCallum, a founding shareholder and senior partner in the Birmingham law firm of McCallum Methvin & Terrell PC, has become president of the 17,000-member Alabama State Bar. He assumed office following the state bar’s annual meeting July 18-21, 2012.
McCallum attended Auburn University and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law. His firm concentrates its practice in the areas of complex litigation, class actions, insurance fraud, consumer protection. The firm has a policy of giving back to the community through extensive voluntary pro bono work, civic participation and charitable contributions. His firm was chosen as the recipient of the state bar’s 2010 Pro Bono Award for providing free legal services to the poor.
He served as vice president in 2009-2010. He also served three terms on the Board of Bar Commissioners, the state bar’s decision and policymaking body, and was a member of a state bar Disciplinary Panel. He served as president of the Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and was a member of that bar’s Executive and Grievance committees. In 2010 he was a recipient of the state bar’s President’s Award conferred in special recognition of meritorious service to the legal profession.
Other professional affiliations include serving as: a member of Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb’s Commission on Professionalism; chair of the state bar’s Celebrate the Profession Committee, and former chair of the state bar’s Judicial Liaison Committee.
He is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Alabama Law Foundation, the only non-profit statewide organization that supports programs providing civil legal aid to the poor. He is a charter member of the law foundation’s Atticus Finch Society whose goal is to make access to justice a reality for all Alabama citizens.
A life-long resident of Vestavia Hills, McCallum has been active in a number of community and statewide service organizations. He currently serves on the Vestavia Hills Park and Recreation Foundation Board. He is past chair of the Substance and Abuse Committee for the City of Vestavia Hills.
He donates his time as wrestling coach for the Vestavia Hills Wrestling Club. He and his wife Kelley, also an attorney, are the parents of three children.
The Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility, competence and satisfaction of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing public understanding and respect for the law.