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AIM Introduces Local Advisory Council


AIM has established a Local Advisory Council that mirrors the districts and divisions of the federal court system in Alabama. Local Advisory Council members are selected to serve the district and division where their respective offices are located. For each district, AIM strives to have at least two Local Advisory Council members who support the AIM Board of Directors member also located in that district.


Local Advisory Council members are brand ambassadors for AIM who help create awareness and generate buzz about AIM to potential insureds and strengthen relationships with existing insureds. Local Advisory Council members are appointed by AIM’s Board of Directors for a three-year term, beginning at AIM’s annual meeting of members, which took place at the Alabama State Bar meeting in July.


“I am very excited to introduce our Local Advisory Council,” says Sharon D. Stuart, President and Claims Counsel of Attorneys Insurance Mutual of the South. “Educating attorneys on what AIM provides - and why - is at the very heart of our business. No one better to send that message than the attorneys who already have our malpractice liability and cybersecurity coverage. AIM has their backs so they can focus on their clients, cases, and their livelihood. These esteemed Alabama attorneys and insureds of AIM will represent us well in their districts."


Over the next several months, AIM will spotlight each Local Advisory Council member. We begin with our North-Northwest District, where local advisory council member Andrew Herren, of Cullman, Alabama, will work with AIM’s board of directors’ member, Gaynor St. John, as her board liaison to this district.


Andrew Herren

N-NW District, AIM’s Local Advisory Council

Andrew Herren is an attorney at Griffith, Lowry & Meherg located in Cullman, AL. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earning his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Andrew graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served on the Executive Board of the Trial Advocacy Team, served on the Dean’s Leadership Council, and served as President of the Graduate Student Council.


“I’m confident that AIM has the best malpractice coverage and claims representation for my needs,” said Andrew. “I’m also proud to serve on their Local Advisory Council here in Cullman to help our local attorneys become aware of AIM as well.”


Andrew is admitted to practice in Alabama, the U.S. District Court, the Northern District of Alabama, and the Middle District of Alabama. Andrew is proud to represent clients on various personal injury cases. In his free time, Andrew is an avid outdoorsman and a fan of the Ole Miss Rebels, no matter their record.


Gaynor St. John

N-NW District, AIM’s Board of Directors

Gaynor St. John has been a member of AIM’s Board of Directors since 2021. She offers a wealth of civil litigation experience spanning 30 years of practice as a partner at St. John and St. John in Cullman, AL, and more than 55 civil jury trials to verdict.


“With long ties to all areas of our state, Andrew and our other Ambassadors will help AIM to better reach out to our attorneys in Alabama to learn how to serve the needs of our insureds best,” said Gaynor.


Gaynor is also a Mediator at Schreiber ADR, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and serves as the College’s Alabama State Chair. Litigating parties and their attorneys benefit from Gaynor’s extensive, trial-tested knowledge of the disputes in healthcare litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, professional liability, insurance defense, workers’ compensation, employee litigation, and business litigation. She is a frequent lecturer on trial skills and trial preparation. Gaynor is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Denison University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She received her law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1987.

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