RALPH MICHAEL RAIFORD

PERSONAL:

 

   Born 1945 in Columbus, Georgia

   Raised in Phenix City, Alabama

   Married, two children

   Health excellent

   Member Lakewood Baptist Church, Phenix City, Alabama

   United States Air Force 1968-1972; Honorable Discharge at rank

   of Captain

 

PROFESSIONAL  EXPERIENCE:

 

   2002 - Present  Ezell & Chancey, LLP

                Associate

 

   1982-2002    Law Offices of R.  Michael Raiford

                          Phenix City, Alabama

                          Solo private practitioner

 

   1978-1982    McKoon & Raiford, Attorneys at Law

                          Phenix City, Alabama

                          Private practitioner

 

   1976-1978    Social Security Administration

                          Birmingham, Alabama

                          Manager, Claims Process Section

                          Administrative and supervisory responsibility,

                          56-person unit

 

   1973-1976    Social Security Administration

                          Birmingham, Alabama

                          Claims Adjudicator

                          Legal determination of benefits under the Act

 

   1970-1972    Base Services Staff Officer

                          Craig Air Force Base, Alabama

 

   1968-1970    Supply Officer

                          Lackland Air Force Base, Texas

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

 

  Juris Doctorate, Birmingham School of Law - May 1978

   Admitted to Alabama State Bar - September 1978

 

   Post-Graduate studies, School of Commerce and Business    

   Administration, University of Alabama - 1972

 

   Bachelor of Science degree

   (Major: Finance and Minor: Economics)

   School of Commerce and Administration,

   University of Alabama - 1967

 

   Diploma, Central High School, Phenix City, Alabama - 1963

REPRESENTATIVE LIST OF CLIENTS:

 

   Columbus Bank and Trust Company, Russell County,    

   Alabama

   Phenix-Girard Bank, Phenix City, Alabama

   SouthTrust Bank of Russell County, Alabama

   Trust Company Bank, Columbus, Georgia

   First Alabama Bank

   SouthTrust Mortgage Corporation

   Pine States Mortgage Company

   Colonial Mortgage Company

   Special Assistant, Alabama Attorney General

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS,  ACTIVITIES AND HONORS:

 

Sigma Delta Kappa (Legal Fraternity)

Alpha Kappa Psi (Business Honorary)

Phi Kappa Sigma (Social Fraternity)

Toastmasters International

Outstanding supply Officer (USAF) 1971

 

Phenix City-Russell County Chamber of Commerce

Board Member 1982-1997;   President 1989

 

Phenix City Lions Club

Vice-President; Member 1981-1990

 

Phenix City girls Club

Board Member 1981-1984;   President 1980

 

Russell County Cancer Society

Board Member 1979-1983; Campaign Chairman 1980

 

 

 

 

Russell County Bar Association President 1981-1982

 

Alabama Bar Association and American Bar Association 1978 - present

 

Commissioner, Phenix City Housing Authority Board  1987-1996

 

Admitted to Practice (1979 - present):

U.  S.  District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

Fifth Circuit Federal Courts of Appeal

Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal