Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A.

Established in 1947

Attorneys at This Firm 10 + attorneys view all
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Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A.

Serving Montgomery, AL view address

Serving Montgomery, AL view address

Attorney Awards
AV Preeminent
Champion Badge Gold

About Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A.

The firm was founded in 1947 by Hon. Richard T. Rives, who was joined by John C. Godbold, as a general civil trial and business firm. Three of its senior partners have become members of the federal judiciary and one is currently a Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Alabama (Montgomery) (Hon. Richard T. Rives, former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Hon. John C. Godbold, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; and Hon. Truman M. Hobbs, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Middle District of Alabama), Truman M. Hobb, Jr. as Circuit Judge.

The firm has participated in over 400 published cases during the past 60 years and practices regionally in a...

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The firm was founded in 1947 by Hon. Richard T. Rives, who was joined by John C. Godbold, as a general civil trial and business firm. Three of its senior partners have become members of the federal judiciary and one is currently a Judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Alabama (Montgomery) (Hon. Richard T. Rives, former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Hon. John C. Godbold, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; and Hon. Truman M. Hobbs, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Middle District of Alabama), Truman M. Hobb, Jr. as Circuit Judge.

The firm has participated in over 400 published cases during the past 60 years and practices regionally in all areas of civil trial and business law. Its members participate extensively in local and state bar activities and as faculty for Continuing Education in Trial Practice, Civil and Appellate Procedure, Insurance Coverage, Administrative Law, Products Liability, Environmental Law, Trust Law, Tax Law, Domestic Relations Law, and Real Estate Law.

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Areas of Law

  • General Civil Practice
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Corporate Law
  • Personal
  • Products Injury
  • Commercial Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Utility Law
  • Motor Carrier Law
  • Probate
  • Family Law

Client Reviews

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  • 100% client recommended 22 recommendations
  • 4.9/5.0 22 reviews
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Responsiveness

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  • Quality of Service

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  • Value for Money

    4.9/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale on 01/05/18 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale on 08/02/17 in Litigation

    Ashley was caring, attentive, and very effective. I give her my highest recommendation.

    Ashley was caring, attentive, and very effective. I give her my highest recommendation.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale on 07/15/17 in Litigation

    Ashley was fantastic. She is professional, communicative, attentive, has an eye for detail, is always prepared, is never intimidated and nailed my ex to the wall. Without her I never would have gotten to move. Not only was she great professionally bu... Read more

    Ashley was fantastic. She is professional, communicative, attentive, has an eye for detail, is always prepared, is never intimidated and nailed my ex to the wall. Without her I never would have gotten to move. Not only was she great professionally but she was real comfort and shoulder for me to lean on during the whole process. She made me feel Stronger Just from having her on my side. I would highly recommend her to anyone eating Legal Services.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale on 07/21/16 in Family Law

    I cannot say enough nice things about Ashley. She walked me through every step of my divorce and custody battle. She was professional, caring, and extremely attentive. She has excellent communication skills and keeps you informed throughout the entir... Read more

    I cannot say enough nice things about Ashley. She walked me through every step of my divorce and custody battle. She was professional, caring, and extremely attentive. She has excellent communication skills and keeps you informed throughout the entire process. She went out of her way for me, responding on weekends,and evenings as I needed her.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale on 03/24/16 in Litigation

    We engaged Ashley to represent us in our appeals case. She set herself apart from the start by taking the time to listen to our situation and understanding the subtle nuances that made our case unique. Ashley is honest, realistic and hard working wit... Read more

    We engaged Ashley to represent us in our appeals case. She set herself apart from the start by taking the time to listen to our situation and understanding the subtle nuances that made our case unique. Ashley is honest, realistic and hard working with a tremendous command of the law. I can't say enough good things about Ashley and her work. She was able to guide us through a very complex process without any surprises. She remained in communication with us the entire time, which was a key for us.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale on 03/22/16 in Litigation

    Ms. Penhale was extremely professional and knowledgeable of the subject matter I was seeking counsel, She returned all communication promptly. Although I knew I was not her only client, she made me feel that way! She was extremely respectful but f... Read more

    Ms. Penhale was extremely professional and knowledgeable of the subject matter I was seeking counsel, She returned all communication promptly. Although I knew I was not her only client, she made me feel that way! She was extremely respectful but firm when dealing with my defendant. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for a fair and understanding attorney.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale on 04/01/15 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A. on 02/24/14 in Administrative Law

    David Martin and Bobby Segall of the firm represented me on two separate occasions. I found their services nothing less than spectacular. They provided thorough, ethical and effective legal representation in a very trying time(no pun intended). My... Read more

    David Martin and Bobby Segall of the firm represented me on two separate occasions. I found their services nothing less than spectacular. They provided thorough, ethical and effective legal representation in a very trying time(no pun intended). My father always encouraged me: "Surround yourself with folks smarter than you and success will follow." Great advice always and for this instance in particular. Thanks to both of these outstanding attorneys.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for James David Martin on 02/24/14 in Administrative Law

    David provided excellent counsel and services on two separate occasions. He was thorough, honest, thoughtful and competent. He did not miss small details of my case, and was superb at anticipating possible complications and issues. I was a neophyte... Read more

    David provided excellent counsel and services on two separate occasions. He was thorough, honest, thoughtful and competent. He did not miss small details of my case, and was superb at anticipating possible complications and issues. I was a neophyte in dealing with my legal circumstances, but he was not condescending (even when possibly warranted). I was and remain extremely pleased with all the services I received from David and recommend him without reservation.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A. on 12/11/13 in Litigation

    I have only worked with Ashley Penhale with Copeland Franco but have been extremely pleased with the urgency in which she gets things done. This firm seems to care about my company's best interest and has not overcharged for their services as some f... Read more

    I have only worked with Ashley Penhale with Copeland Franco but have been extremely pleased with the urgency in which she gets things done. This firm seems to care about my company's best interest and has not overcharged for their services as some firms do. Would highly recommend.

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 79 reviews
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.9/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

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  • Judgment

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  • Communication

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  • Legal Experience

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale by an Associate on 07/25/16 in Litigation

    Ashley is an experienced lawyer who represents her clients well. She's a pleasure to work with.

    Ashley is an experienced lawyer who represents her clients well. She's a pleasure to work with.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale by a Partner on 07/13/16 in Litigation

    Ashley is one of the best lawyers I know as she has had the privilege of working with two former State Bar Presidents who are among the region's premier lawyers. She is competent and confident. She has a phenomenal work ethic and does very fine wor... Read more

    Ashley is one of the best lawyers I know as she has had the privilege of working with two former State Bar Presidents who are among the region's premier lawyers. She is competent and confident. She has a phenomenal work ethic and does very fine work on extremely sensitive matters.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale by a Law Professor on 03/12/18 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale by an Associate on 07/25/16 in Appellate Practice

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale by a Partner on 07/13/16 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale by an Associate on 07/13/16 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale by a Partner on 07/13/16 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for C. Nelson Gill by a Sole Practitioner on 08/24/15 in Defense Litigation

    I have found Nelson to be a very capable lawyer. He has handled several cases for co-defendants of mine and has always shown great poise, decision-making, and knowledge.

    I have found Nelson to be a very capable lawyer. He has handled several cases for co-defendants of mine and has always shown great poise, decision-making, and knowledge.

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  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for C. Nelson Gill by a Partner on 08/18/15 in Civil Litigation

  • 5.0/5.0

    Review for Ashley N. Penhale by a Partner on 06/16/14 in Civil Litigation

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Firm Details

Year Established
1947
Firm Size
14
State Bar Summary

(All Attorneys in the Firm are Members of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar).

Representative Clients
Representative Client: Preferred Life Insurance Co.
Representative Clients
REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Financial, Insurance and Investment Groups: Wachovia Bank, N.A.; Compass Bank; Bank Trust; Superior Bank; The New England Life Insurance Company; Associates First Capital Corp.; Associates Financial Services; First Family Financial Services; TranSouth Financial Corp.; American National Bank; AVCO Financial. Real Estate, Construction and Development: Walter Industries, Inc.; Wynlakes Development Co.; Alabama Homebuilders Association; Carr, Riggs & Ingram; Andrew & Dawson Contractors; J.P. King Auction Co., Inc.; Aronov Realty Company, Inc. Industrial: Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.; Sacred Heart Health System, Inc.; U.S. Pipe & Foundry Co., Inc.; Sanders Lead Co., Inc.; KW Plastics; Porter Properties, Inc.; PHD Hotels, Inc. Associations: Alabama Education Association; Alabama Optometric Association; Alabama Retail Association; Alabama Retired State Employee Association. Transportations: Foshee Trucking; Riverside Trucking Co., Inc.; Wiley Sanders Truck Lines, Inc.; W.S. Newell, Inc.; Montgomery Area Association of Realtors. Telecommunications: WinStar Communications, Inc.; Level 3 Communications; Hyperion Communications of Alabama; AFC Enterprises.
Other REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Montgomery City-County Personnel Board; Hatton, Brown Publishers; Huntingdon College; Continental Grain Co.; General Electric Co.; Schering Plough Corp.; Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories; IBP, Inc.; Jefferson-Smurfit Corp.; Walter Industries; Merrill Lynch, Inc.; Elmore Sand & Gravel, Inc.; The MEGA Life and Health Insurance Co.; MBC-United Wholesale, LLC.
Approved ATTORNEYS FOR: First American Title Insurance Co.; Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company.
Reference: Wachovia Bank, N.A.

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