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The firm of Boyd, Fernambucq & Dunn P.C., serving clients in the Central Alabama area, is comprised of partners Ron Boyd, Rick Fernambucq, Charles Dunn and associate Joseph Callaway, and a support staff of seven.

 

With the goal of upgrading the practice of family law in the state, and seeing the benefits for clients of a firm concentrating on such cases, Ron Boyd and Rick Fernambucq founded Boyd, Fernambucq & Dunn, P.C., in 1987.

 

Since its founding, the firm has earned a reputation for taking on complex family and matrimonial law matters, and its attorneys understand the obstacles facing clients inside and outside the courtroom. The firm assists clients not only in initial divorces but also in modification and enforcement of existing divorce decrees, appeals, paternity, and adoptions.

 

Its attorneys deal regularly with both federal and state law in property division issues such as alimony, retirement benefits, business and asset valuations, and in custody disputes and child support matters, and the tax issues implicated in such cases.

 

Fernambucq and Boyd were among the founders of the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, and have each served as Chair of that section as well as President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

 

The firm’s attorneys, including partner Charles Dunn and associate Joseph Callaway, remain leaders in their practice area, serving in local and national bar associations and lecturing frequently on continuing legal education issues.

 

Fernambucq is the author of Family Law in Alabama: Practice and Procedure, a staple text for Alabama’s family law practitioners since its first publication in 1990, the fourth edition of which was published and released in 2010.

 

Fernambucq contributes quarterly articles on recent developments in family law for the Birmingham Bar and Alabama Family Law Section newsletters.

 

Both Boyd and Fernambucq have recently been named “Birmingham Best Lawyers Family Lawyer of the Year” as a result of their peers having consistently rated them at the top of their field. Boyd in 2009, and Fernambucq in 2010.

 

Boyd was also chosen by his peers in the Alabama Family Law Section as Lawyer of the Year for 2008. Fernambucq and Boyd are AV rated by Martindale-Hubble, and Boyd and Fernambucq are regularly listed in Superlawyers and Best Lawyers.

 

Charles Dunn teaches family law for the paralegal certificate program at the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education at Samford University.

 

Boyd, Fernambucq & Dunn form a team of lawyers offering clients over 100 years of combined experience in both the letter of the law and local practice in order to assist them in getting the best possible results with an emphasis on problem-solving, whether by settlement, mediation, or litigation of their very personal issues.

 

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Ron Boyd, a founding member of the law firm of Boyd, Fernambucq & Dunn, P.C., has practiced in all areas of civil, business, and personal injury litigation. However, for the past 30 years he has focused on complex matrimonial and divorce cases, including child custody and support cases, real and personal property matters, alimony, and retirement.

 

A 1975 Cumberland School of Law graduate and Alabama state bar admittee, Ron practices in all central Alabama Counties.

 

Ron has been a leader among his fellow matrimonial and family lawyers. He was a founding member and later State President of the Alabama Family Law Section. He has served in local and national positions with the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and recently served on the national AAML Board of Governors.

 

Ron has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America in his field of practice for over twenty years, and in 2009 was Best Lawyers Family Lawyer of the year in Birmingham. In 2008 he was selected as the Alabama State Bar Family Law Section Lawyer of the Year.

 

Ron has been awarded the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, the recognized authority for competence and ethics. He also has been regularly listed in Alabama Super Lawyers. Ron is a frequent lecturer on continuing legal education issues.

 

Ron received his B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant through Air Force ROTC at the University of Alabama in 1968, and served on active duty in the Strategic Air Command for four years in missile duty.

 

From 1972 to 1996, he served in various functions in the Alabama Air National Guard, 117th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and successor units and retired as Squadron Commander of the 117th Mission Support Squadron.

Charles Dunn, like his law partners, concentrates in the areas of divorce, matrimonial law, family law and child custody. He grew up in North Carolina and earned his B.S. degree in 1993 from a small, liberal arts college named Guilford College, located in Greensboro.

 

He attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree in 1998. Since his graduation from law school and admittance to the State Bar that same year, Mr. Dunn has been a practicing attorney at the firm and became a shareholder in January 2006.

 

He currently is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association and serves on the Entertainment Committee. Additionally, Mr. Dunn is a member-at-large of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.

 

Mr. Dunn is a frequent lecturer on family law issues, and often teaches and speaks to other lawyers at continuing education seminars. He teaches Family Law as an adjunct faculty member in Samford University’s Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.

 

He has written and published numerous articles on a vast array of subjects pertaining to his field of practice. His trial practice takes him to Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties, and he has a state-wide appellate practice.

Rick Fernambucq, a Birmingham native and founding partner of Boyd, Fernambucq, & Dunn, P.C., has been practicing matrimonial and family law in Alabama for 33 years.

 

He co-authored Family Law in Alabama: Practice and Procedure, now in its Fourth Edition, and contributes quarterly articles on recent developments in family law for the Birmingham Bar and Alabama Family Law Section newsletters.

 

Fernambucq was a founding member of the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, and has served as Chairman of both that section and the state chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He also serves as Treasurer for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Rick has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America in his field of practice and received the Lawyer of the Year Award for 2010.

 

He is also regularly nominated for SuperLawyers including 2014, which is through a state-wide evaluation by his peers resulting in only 5% of Alabama attorneys being chosen each year.

 

Rick graduated from the University of Alabama in 1977 and from Birmingham School of Law in 1981. He served on the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association from 1993-1996, and has served on the Bulletin Committee since his admission to the Alabama State Bar in 1981.

 

He practices primarily in Jefferson and Shelby County in the areas of matrimonial law, divorce, child custody, and family law.

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Joseph P. Callaway, a resident of Leeds, Alabama, joined the firm as an associate attorney in 2016.  Like his colleagues, Joseph focuses primarily on divorce, family law, and child custody.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Joseph served as a law clerk to Senior United States District Judge Robert B. Propst and Chief United States District Judge Karon O. Bowdre.

 

Joseph graduated cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law in 2014.  During law school, Joseph was a member of the Cumberland Law Review, and he also received scholar of merit awards in Domestic Relations; Equitable Remedies; and Wills, Trusts, and Estates.

 

Prior to law school, Joseph attended Troy University where he graduated with a 4.0 G.P.A. and competed as a pole vaulter on the track and field team.

 

Since joining the firm, Joseph has published legal articles and has represented clients in both trial and the appellate courts.  As part of his practice, Joseph assists and works with Mr. Dunn in his statewide appellate practice.

 

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