Gov. Robert Bentley officially appointed Beasley Allen lawyer Roman Shaul as Circuit Judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Montgomery County), effective Feb. 1, 2017. Roman replaces The Honorable Eugene W. Reese, who retired effective Dec. 31 after a long and distinguished career on the bench. In a letter notifying Roman of his official appointment, Gov. Bentley had this to say:
Appointing you to this position comes with great responsibility, as you will be making important decisions that affect the citizens of Alabama. … You are a servant of the people of Alabama and I trust that you will fulfill your duties and set a standard for others to follow.
Roman has been a lawyer with Beasley Allen for nearly 17 years. He practices in the firm’s Consumer Fraud section. Roman’s practice areas include Appellate Advocacy, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Civil Fraud, Predatory Lending and Finance. He has successfully handled cases in more than 15 states and litigated in more than 30 federal jurisdictions around the country.
In December 2010, Roman was selected as Beasley Allen’s Lawyer of the Year for the Fraud Section. In 2016, he was selected as the recipient of the Chad Stewart Award. This honor was created in memory of Beasley Allen lawyer Chad Stewart, who passed away unexpectedly in April at the very young age of 41. In addition to being a dedicated lawyer who worked hard for his clients, Chad truly modeled Christ in his daily walk. The Chad Stewart Award was created to recognize an attorney who best exemplified Chad’s spirit of service to God, his family and the practice of law in the service of “helping those who need it most.”
Roman, in a statement, had this to say about his appointment:
I am humbled by the opportunity the Governor has given me to serve the citizens of Montgomery County. I would like to thank the Governor and his staff for all their hard work. Following a distinguished Judge like Gene Reese sets the bar very high. However, I am ready to work hard every day and hit the ground running. I have been blessed to work with the talented lawyers and staff at Beasley Allen for most of my legal career. Beasley Allen put me in a position to do all the things I wanted to do when I was a young person deciding to go to law school – which is to help people who really need it. I am thankful to God for what he has given me and have always wanted to use those talents to serve others. As a judge for all the people, I will work hard every day to ensure fairness, opportunity and justice for all that come before the court.
Roman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. He is married to the former Caroline Thames of Jackson, Mississippi, and they have three daughters – Anne Kingsley, Isabel and Thompson. They are members of First United Methodist Church in Montgomery. I am convinced Roman will be an outstanding judge, who will be fair and impartial as he carries out the responsibilities of his office.
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