John A. Owens (Senior Partner)
John A. Owens was raised in Gordo, Alabama. He is married to Dorothy Terry of Red Level, Alabama. They have two children who are: Apsilah (Appie) Geer Owens Millsaps and Terry Owens Alvarez.
Mr. Owens graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science degree in Commerce and Business Administration and a major in Accounting. After graduation, he served three years on active duty for the United States Navy. Mr. Owens remained in the United States Navy Reserves for eleven years and attained the rank of Lieutenant.
Upon completion of his activity duty military obligations, John A. Owens enrolled in the University of Alabama School of Law. He graduated as valedictorian of his law school class. Mr. Owens was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in April 1967 and has practiced law in Tuscaloosa, continuously, since that date.
Throughout his legal career, John A. Owens has devoted significant time and effort to serving his fellow attorneys. He has consistently been an active member of the Tuscaloosa County and Alabama State Bar Associations. Mr. Owens served as the President of the Alabama State Bar from July 1995 to July 1996.
Mr. Owens understands the importance of giving back to Tuscaloosa and has remained very active in local community organizations. He has served in countless capacities including President of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, President of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and United Way Chairman – Professional Division.
Apsilah (Appie) Owens Millsaps (Partner)
Appie Millsaps was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama by John A. Owens and Dorothy Terry Owens. Appie and her husband Leland Edward Millsaps have three daughters.
Appie Millsaps graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988 and the University of Alabama School of Law in 1992. She received numerous honors as a law student including being selected as a Hugo L. Black Scholar, being elected an Editor of the Alabama Law Review, receiving the Editor in Chief’s Award, receiving multiple best paper awards, and being named as a member of the Bench & Bar Honor Society. She has continued to receive accolades as an attorney — serving as President of the Women’s Section of the State of Alabama Bar Association, and serving on the Young Lawyer’s Executive Committee. Appie has been rated as an AV Preeminent® attorney by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review process, its highest rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
Mrs. Millsaps is an active member of the Tuscaloosa community. She has served many local organizations including the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club, Zonta Club of Tuscaloosa, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors, the Boy Scouts of America, and the First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa. Appie is currently the Advisor for Delta Gamma at the University of Alabama.
Susie Taylor Carver (Partner)
Susie Taylor Carver received a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama in 1971 and is a 1986 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law. She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1986, and is authorized to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and the Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar Association, and the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association.
Melinda Murphy Dionne
A TUSCALOOSA ATTORNEY SPECIALIZING IN BANKRUPTCY LAW
Melinda Murphy Dionne received a B.A. Degree in Communications for the University of Alabama in 1983 and is a 1986 Graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. She received numerous honors as a law student including being selected to
the National Trial Advocacy Team, the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, elected Research Editor for the Alabama Law and Psychology Review, and being named as a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society. Upon graduation from Law School, she clerked for the Honorable George S. Wright, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1986 and is authorized to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama, and the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.