Brenda Smith Stedham focuses her practice on areas such as Personal Injury, Probate issues, Real Estate Law, Insurance Claims, and Family Law. She specializes in handling complex matters that involve more than one area of law and conducts her private practice from the Stedham Law Firm in Anniston, Alabama.
She also handles legal issues concerning Adoptions, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Contracts, Utility Law, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives.
She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science while graduating cum laude from the Birmingham-Southern College in the year 1976. She was a Mortar Board Member and Student Government President while studying there.
She obtained her Juris Doctorate in the year 1980 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and went on to pass the bar exam to receive the license to practice law in the state of Alabama in the same year.
She started serving as a law clerk writing draft court orders for the consideration of Judge Richard L. Holmes on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.
She joined the law firm Dillon, Field, Monk & Stedham in 1981 and held the position of the Vice-President before quitting in 2001. She practiced law with several partners and handled a wide range of cases including litigation while working there.
Brenda Stedham opened her general practice law firm and handled different types of cases including litigation till 2009. After being elected as an Alabama Circuit Judge in the Family Division for Calhoun & Cleburne Counties, she served at this position from 2009 to 2015.
In the year 2009, she completed General Jurisdiction Studies from the National Judicial College where she learned the best practices of judges and the procedures as well as reasons behind the rulings.
After completing her service as a judge in January 2015, she re-opened her solo law firm in Anniston. While serving as a Presiding Judge, she worked on the State Circuit Judges’ Association Education Committee that planned and implemented the education programs for state judges twice a year.
The Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice’s office requested her to take responsibility for creating and operating the Calhoun County Veterans’ Treatment Court, which she did successfully. She has also revitalized and operated the Calhoun County Children’s Policy Council.
Brenda S. Stedham was the Vice-President of the State Juvenile Judges’ Association and member of the Executive Committee of the Coosa Valley Youth.
She is former President and Executive Committee member of the Calhoun-Cleburne Bar Association Board of Directors. She has served as President and founding member of the Pelham Merrill Inn of Court.
She founded the Cheaha Republican Women’s Club and also served as its President. She was also a member of the Calhoun County Republican Executive Committee.
She is a former Executive Committee member and founding member of the Anniston Morning Rotary Club and a current member and former Executive Committee member of the Anniston Rotary Club.
Brenda Smith Stedham serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama and a member of its Executive Committee. She is a former member of the Alabama Women’s Commission and the Collaborative Law Committee of the Alabama Law.
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