Barry Alvis graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Prior to earning his Bachelor of Science he held an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. After graduating from UAB, he attended Birmingham School of Law and graduated in 1984 with his Juris Doctorate.
During his education, he was a member of the Varsity Rifle Team at Jacksonville State University and has been an avid shooter and collector of Firearms. He also teaches classes on the Legality of Firearms and has been asked to be an expert in this field on numerous occasions. He is a Patron life member of the National Rifle Association. He was appointed as a Special Circuit Judge in Jefferson County where he presided over municipal and county appellate bench and jury trials.
Barry began his practice in Birmingham in 1984 and shortly formed the firm of Allison, Alvis, May, Fuhrmeister and Kimbrough, P.C. Currently, he is the principal in the law firm of W. Barry Alvis and Associates, L.L.C. His reputation in the legal community has earned him an AV rating under the Martindale Hubbell rating system. His area of practice is largely concentrated in criminal defense. His experience includes defending a number of jury trials and appeals in cases ranging from Driving Under the Influence to Capital Murder Cases.
He is a member of The Shelby County Bar Association, a charter member of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, the National Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, and the Alabama State Bar. He was elected by his peers in the Shelby County Bar Assocation to serve on the Shelby County Judical Nominating Committee. Additionally, he speaks and teaches many classes and continuing education programs including but not limited to “Defending a Criminal Case”, “Criminal Law: What you should know”, “Legality of Firearms, “Defending the Sex Offender”, “How to Handle Driver’s License Appeals in DUI Cases”, and many more.
Lara McCauley Alvis
Lara Alvis graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. Upon graduation, she attended The University of Alabama School of Law and obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree. During her education, she was involved in various organizations and honor societies including Vice-President of her social sorority Alpha Delta Pi, National Dorothy Shaw Scholarship recipient, Blue Key Honor Society, Dean’s List, Omicron Delta Pi, Athletic Bema Belle and Spirit Team and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
During Law School, Lara continued her involvement in the educational process by being on the Moot Court Board, Competition Trial Advocacy Class, Managing Editor of the Law and Psychology Review, Farrah Law Society, Birmingham Inn of Courts, Blackburn Institute, President of the Dorbin Association, Justice Janie Shores Scholarship recipient and Homecoming Chairman. Upon graduation from Law School, Lara accepted a position as a judicial clerk in Montgomery, Alabama with Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb while she was a Judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals. She authored opinions that were published in the Alabama Code (1975). She also worked while in law school at the Attorney General’s office under Attorney General Bill Pryor.
In 2001, after clerking for two years in law school, Lara accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney in Shelby County where she tried numerous jury trials felony and misdemeanor, handled tax appeals for Shelby County, filed and litigated the civil forfeiture cases and was responsible for grant writing and public speaking engagements for the District Attorney, Mr. Robert E. Owens.
Currently, she proudly uses all of her experience and education to defend criminal cases at the law firm of W. Barry Alvis and Associates, L.L.C. She is a member of the Shelby County Bar Association where she is a past Treasurer, Secretary, Vice-President, and President, a Blackburn Fellow and serves on the Alumni Relations Committee, past member of the Board of Directors for the Hats and Horns Charity Societie’, member of the Board of Directors for the Alpha Delta Pi Greater Birmingham Alumni Association and a member of the 2009 Class Five Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum where she is an active alumni.
Lara has also judged numerous Moot Court Competitions at Cumberland Law School, judged the ATLA National Trial Competition, guest lectured at Jefferson State Community College in their Criminal Justice program, and participated as a guest speaker at the University of Alabama School of Law Orientation and Criminal Law program.
Currently, she is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law where she coaches their National Criminal Moot Court Team. She prepares and accompanies the law students to San Diego, California to represent the University of Alabama School of Law in National Competition.