Bruce Huggins, who heads up our firm’s Investigative Section, is an extremely valuable employee. He has been with the firm for 25 years, reaching that milestone last month. Only Greg Allen, Mike Crow and this writer have been with the firm for a longer time. We learned very early in our firm’s existence that having in-house investigators is a definite advantage for the firm and the clients we represent. This Section of the firm employs six full-time investigators, all of whom are professionally trained former law enforcement officers. Bruce, as Chief Investigator, sets a very good example for his team. He has provided excellent leadership in his Section.
Bruce came on board with the firm in April of 1988 from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure with the Sheriff’s office, Bruce won numerous awards, including Officer of the Year. He was the first person from the Sheriff’s Office to attend and graduate from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
Bruce and Cindy, his wife of 36 years, have two children. Their daughter Amanda followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a registered nurse. She has recently returned to the University of Alabama to pursue a writing degree, but still does contract Travel Nursing in California during the summer months to pay tuition and expenses during the school year. Their son Daniel, a graduate of Birmingham Southern, is the Products Manager/Lead Software Developer for Ingenuity, Inc., a Birmingham based company. Daniel and his wife Maridi, who is an Attorney, currently reside in Birmingham. We are most fortunate to have a person with Bruce’s ability, background and character heading up an important section of our firm.
Kelli Flanagan, who has been with the firm for 13 years, currently works as a Legal Secretary to Chris Boutwell in our Toxic Torts Section. Kelli graduated with an Associates Degree in Legal Studies from Faulkner University. She has been married to Stephen Flanagan for 14 years and they have three beautiful and very busy young ladies. Alissa (13) is a competitive cheerleader for two squads for the Armory Athletics All-Stars and the treasurer for her school’s 4H Club. Eleven-year-old twins Emilee and Bailee are very active as well. Emilee is a jazz dancer while Bailee is a gymnast. The twins are in their school’s art club. When not at the Armory for cheer, dance or gymnastics, Kelli says the girls keep her running – but she says she wouldn’t trade the opportunity to watch her girls cheer, dance or flip for anything.
Kelli loves to spend time with friends and family, cooking out or just relaxing. She also loves to read. Kelli is a very good, hard-working employee. The role of a Legal Secretary in our firm, because of the complex litigation we handle, is very important. We are fortunate to have Kelli with us.
Gwyn Harris, who has been with the firm since January of 2001, is a Legal Assistant working on the hormone therapy cases in our Mass Torts Section. Those cases require a great deal of time and attention. Currently, Gwyn is working on the death cases, helping clients get estates set up and substituting parties into the complaints. Gwyn received her BS degree from Auburn University Montgomery (AUM) in Justice and Public Safety with emphasis on Legal Assistant Studies.
Gwyn is married to Heath Harris, who is employed by the Montgomery Water Works. They have a daughter, Adalyn Ruth, who just turned 5 years old. Two dogs named Gator and Daisy also reside at the Harris household. Gwyn loves reading, going to church, spending time with her family, and working with plants or anything outside. Legal Assistants in our firm work closely with our lawyers and are an essential part of each litigation team. Gwyn is a very good employee and we are fortunate to have her with the firm.
Linda Reynolds, who has been with the firm since November of 2000, is currently a Legal Assistant working with Roger Smith in our Mass Torts Section. At present, Linda is helping to finalize the firm’s Kugel cases. She is managing the Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella cases and working to help finalize the settlement in that litigation. She is also working on the Pradaxa, Keppra, and SSRI cases. So you can see Linda has been very busy. These cases are very complicated and required a tremendous amount of time and effort over the time involved from start to finish.
Linda and her husband, Denver, have been married for 30 years. They have two children, one girl and one boy. Her daughter, Mandy, is currently a sophomore at The University of Alabama and attending the Nursing Program. She is also very involved in Panama Missions and travels abroad yearly on Medical Mission trips. Linda’s son, Terry, is a Junior in high school and has excelled in working on small motors and especially, Linda says, four-wheelers. Terry’s dream is to attend Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Miami and become a mechanic and either work on automobiles or small motors.
Linda has a Paralegal degree and is two classes away from having a Bachelor’s degree in Justice and Public Safety with emphasis in PreLaw. She and her family love to ride trails on their four-wheelers and will ride for hours enjoying God’s beautiful outdoor creations. They also enjoy taking their boat to the lake and camping. Linda is a very good, hard-working employee who is dedicated to the clients and their cases. We are most fortunate to have her with us.
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