AIM has established a Local Advisory Council that mirrors the districts and divisions for the federal court system in Alabama. Local Advisory Council members are selected to represent the district and division in which their respective offices are located and to offer further service to the Alabama State Bar members. For each district, AIM strives to have at least two Local Advisory Council members who work with the AIM Board of Directors member also located in that district.
Local Advisory Council members are attorneys insured by AIM who serve as brand ambassadors for AIM. These attorneys help create awareness about AIM to potential insureds, strengthen relationships with existing insureds, and further the company's purpose of serving lawyers. 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. There’s 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 continue with a focus on the Northwest District of Alabama. Local advisory council members Hannah Morgan, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Taylor T. “Tom” Perry, Jr. of Demopolis, Alabama and Theron Nolen of Fayette, Alabama, will work with AIM’s board of directors’ member, Claire Alexander Black, as her board liaisons to this district.
Representing AIM’s Local Advisory Council in the Northwest District
Hannah Morgan is a partner in the Business and Corporate Law practice of Tanner & Guin, LLC in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She represents clients in the areas of securities, bond and bank finance, tax incentives, business law, commercial real estate, and mergers and acquisitions.
Hannah received her Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law in 2009 and her Master of Business Administration from Samford University that same year. She attended The University of Alabama at Birmingham for undergraduate studies and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2006, graduating magna cum laude. Hannah is admitted to the Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee bars and their courts, and is an active member of each state’s bar association.
She participates with the American Bar Association (Business Law Section and Real Property, Trusts, & Estates Section) and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Hannah is affiliated with the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program. She is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Tuscaloosa and a member of its alumni association. Together with her husband Sam, a past University of Alabama swimmer, they have four daughters. Hannah brings to AIM wide professional contacts and enthusiastic support for the Bar. She was one of the first LAC invitees.
Taylor T. “Tom” Perry, Jr.
Representing AIM’s Local Advisory Council in the Northwest, Southwest, and South-Southwest Districts
Taylor T. “Tom” Perry, Jr. is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law where he was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board. He joined the law firm of Manley, Traeger, Perry, Stapp & Compton in 1988. His primary practice area is civil litigation, primarily plaintiff’s personal injury.
He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the Middle District of Alabama. He is also admitted to practice in all Federal Courts in Alabama
including the United States Federal District Court as well as the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Tom has a long history of service to the Bar. He was on the Alabama State Bar Commission from 1996 until 2005 and has been serving as Bar Commissioner since 2014. He served as Vice President of the Alabama State Bar under President Taze Shepard (2021-2022). He is the immediate past president of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the Alabama State Bar. Mr. Perry is currently serving on the Disciplinary Commission. He was elected President-elect of the Alabama State Bar in 2023. He will take office as Alabama State Bar President in July of 2024, and staff and directors of AIM are very proud he has chosen to offer further bar service as a LAC member. AIM’s goal of supporting the Bar is exactly what Tom seeks to achieve.
Representing AIM’s Local Advisory Council in the Northwest District
A local historian and avid University of Alabama fan, Theron Nolen graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from the University of Alabama’s School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. Born and raised in Fayette, Alabama, Mr. Nolen started practicing law with his father, then with his brother, and keeps a family tradition of lawyers going that was started by his grandfather and followed by uncles, cousins, and nephews.
He has served as Assistant District Attorney for Fayette County and was the Attorney for Fayette County Department of Human Resources for more than 30 years. His current areas of practice include probate work, family law, real estate, and estate work. He is a member and lay leader of Fayette First Methodist Church. He is actively involved in the University of Alabama’s National Alumni Association having served as local chapter president, and Vice President of the National Alumni Association. He is also a member of and past chairman of Planned Giving Advisory Committee for the University of Alabama. Well-known and well-liked by both attorneys and townspeople, Theron brings generational experience and a life of community service to help lawyers insured by AIM.
Claire Alexander Black
Representing AIM’s Board of Directors in the Northwest District
Claire Black is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama (B.A. and J.D.) and was admitted to practice in Alabama in 1979. Claire has been a member of AIM's Board of Directors since AIM's inception and is an instrumental advisor of the company’s daily operations. Service is the center of her interests. She has been a Tuscaloosa County Bar Association officer, President of the Tuscaloosa Trial Lawyers, and President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar. Active in civic volunteer work, she has been President of Tuscaloosa County Chapter of the University of Alabama Alumni Association, President of Episcopal Churchwomen of Christ Episcopal Church and member of vestry, President of Friends of WUAL public radio, President of Tuscaloosa Symphony Guild, 25-year officer of Alabama Choir School, founding member of the University of Alabama Arts and Sciences Leadership Board, and supporter of the Fayette Art Museum.