The award is given annually to a female attorney who demonstrates a continual commitment to those around her as a mentor, a sustained level of leadership throughout her career and a commitment to the community in which she practices.
Porter received the award during the State Bar’s annual meeting in Point Clear, Ala. earlier this month, her firm, Maynard Cooper & Gale announced on Monday.
“Maibeth J. Porter is a founding member and Shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale where she has exemplified to an extraordinary degree all of the qualities that the Susan Bevill Livingston award seeks to highlight,” said the Alabama State Bar. “Maibeth is an accomplished trial lawyer and serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions, Corporate Governance & Fiduciary Litigation Practice Group. She demonstrates a continual commitment to those around her as a mentor, also serving as Co-Chair of Maynard Cooper’s Women’s Mentoring Program. Her litigation and appellate talents are consistently recognized by her peers and clients.”
Her litigation and appellate talents are consistently recognized by her peers and clients and include rankings in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2008, Best Lawyers in America since 2007 which also named her “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and 2014, and Super Lawyers since 2008 which also most recently tapped her among the “Top 50 Female Mid-South Lawyers” in 2016 and as one of Alabama’s “Top 10 Lawyers” in 2015 and “Top 25 Women Lawyers” from 2008-2015. In April 2011, Porter became the first female lawyer in Alabama to be inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization devoted to promoting the integrity and honor of the legal profession and open only to 500 active trial lawyers in the world.
In addition to her firm leadership, Porter has held many positions of leadership and service in the Bar, including her election as the second female president of the Birmingham Bar Association; a past member of the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association; a decade-long Commissioner of the Alabama State Bar; a former chair of Panel II of the Alabama State Bar Character and Fitness Committee; and a member, now Chair, of the Alabama Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure. She was recently appointed to the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission and is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
Porter graduated graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South in 1977, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, among other honorary societies. She received her law degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1980.