Ralph H. Smith II Joins Jones Walker

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jones Walker continues to expand in Alabama, announcing today that Ralph H. Smith II, President of The Ralph Smith Group (www.ralphsmithgroup.com), a global consulting company for business and higher education, has been named Special Counsel in the firm's Birmingham, Ala. office. "It is a pleasure to associate with a law firm of the quality and geographic scope of Jones Walker," said Smith, "and I look forward to being a part of the firm's continued growth."

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Mr. Smith spent 25 years in private law practice in Washington, D.C. and Birmingham before serving as General Counsel of the University of Alabama System and a member of the University System Chancellor's Senior Policy Staff. A former Rhodes Scholar, Mr. Smith received his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, summa cum laude, and his juris doctor degree from the Yale Law School. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, where he received an M.A.

Mr. Smith has been an officer, director or trustee of numerous educational, charitable and civic organizations, including the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, of which he is a member of the Executive Committee. He is also responsible for the Rhodes Scholarship selection process in Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee.

William H. Hines, Jones Walker's managing partner, said: "We are delighted to have Ralph join our Birmingham office. He brings considerable knowledge and depth which we believe will be a great benefit to our clients as we continue our growth in Alabama and the Southeast."

"Ralph brings a wealth of experience as a practicing lawyer both from the private and public sectors, and has been an active member of the Birmingham community all his life," said Michael D. Waters, a partner in the firm's Birmingham office and member of the firm's board of directors. "He will be a valuable addition to Jones Walker."

Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre L.L.P. (www.joneswalker.com), with more than 375 attorneys, provides a comprehensive range of legal services to a national and international corporate client base through offices in Alabama, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Texas.

Contact: William H. Hines, Managing Partner

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