William J. Bryant ("Bill")
Phone: (205) 536-8888
Fax: (205) 939-2914
Adaptable and diverse. Those two words best describe Bill and his practice. A product of the Birmingham public school system, he obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama and began his professional career in 1974 in Selma, Alabama, as a general practitioner with a concentration in real estate law. Recognizing the unique estate planning challenges facing rural landowners, Bill returned to school in 1977 and, after two years of commuting to classes while continuing to practice on a regular basis, he obtained a Master of Laws (in Taxation), with high honors, from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Bill's tax degree not only enhanced his real estate and estate planning practice, but enabled him to develop a transactional practice that has covered a broad spectrum, ranging from the purchase and sale of owner-managed businesses to complex financing transactions for governmental entities involving hundreds of millions of dollars. Thriving on creative solutions to complex issues, and believing that "if you are through changing, you are through", Bill considers himself forever a student of the ever-changing tax laws. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®"(Copyright 2011 by Woodward/Wright, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.) and "Super Lawyers", maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV® PreeminentTM peer review rating (Copyright 2011 © LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc.) and has been recognized by his peers in surveys appearing in various local publications.
A strong proponent of community service, Bill is an alumnus of Leadership Birmingham and has served in leadership positions at both the local and national levels. Whether promoting business development through the Birmingham Business Alliance or public health as chairman of the national board of directors of the American Heart Association, Inc., Bill is guided by the words of George Bernard Shaw, "You see things that are and say, 'why?' But I dream things that never were and say, 'why not?'"
Birmingham Tax Forum; Birmingham Estate Planning Council; American Institute of Federal Taxation (Board of Trustees); Adjunct Instructor UAB School of Business (2005-2006); Adjunct Professor University Alabama School of Law (2004); American Bar Association; Alabama State Bar Association; Birmingham Bar Association.
UAB School of Public Health (Chairman of Advisory Board); Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc. (Board of Directors); American Heart Association, Inc. (Board of Directors 1996-2002, Chair 2000-2001); Friends of the World Heart Federation Trust (Trustee/Secretary-Treasurer/Legal Counsel); University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies (Board of Visitors); Oak Mountain Missions Ministries, Inc. (Board of Directors); Black Belt Action Commission (Commissioner 2004-2010); Leadership Birmingham (Class of 1996/Programs Co-Chair 2005-2006); TechBirmingham (Secretary/Treasurer); Birmingham Business Alliance (Trustee).