Birmingham Best Lawyer of the Year: William E. Shanks, Jr.

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William E. Shanks, Jr.
Balch & Bingham
Employee Benefits Law

In a career spanning three decades, William E. Shanks, Jr. has developed tremendous experience in executive compensation and employee benefit matters affecting emerging companies to Fortune 500 corporations.

“My father was a CPA and had an MBA, so I was always exposed to a number of discussions pertaining to finances, tax laws and accounting,” Shanks says. “I think that I was always attracted to business transactions and business law matters.”

As a young lawyer, Shanks won a case in the Alabama Supreme Court in which he talked the client into adopting a certain interpretation of a tax statute.

“The case was worth over $1 million to the company, and we won,” Shanks says. “It was fun for someone who was a relatively recent law school graduate.”

Shanks has retained some of his clients for more than 20 years due to hard work, staying current on legal changes, and being responsive to their needs.

“We try to always return phone calls immediately and do clients’ work promptly because we think it shows them that you value their business and take their problems seriously,” Shanks says. He enjoys working with his clients, most of who work in the human resources or finance department of their companies.

“They are really good people to work with because they truly want to do the right thing,” Shanks says. “I think that it makes our job much easier.”

–Ashley Cisneros
Ashley Cisneros is a co-founder of Chatter Buzz Media, an Orlando Internet marketing firm that helps companies and organizations engage with their target markets through inbound marketing via the Internet. Chatter Buzz Media, which won the Social Madness competition for the Orlando small business market, is a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in website design, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and content creation. Prior to founding Chatter Buzz, Ashley worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, technical writer, marketing manager, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist. To see Ashley’s content writing, visit You can also reach Ashley on her Google profile.

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Ashley Cisneros Mejia is a journalist, entrepreneur and marketer. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor at Florida Trend business magazine. Ashley has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2009, as a technical writer, marketing manager, and public relations practitioner. She also founded two digital marketing agencies in Orlando. Named one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando for achievements in media and communications, Ashley earned a B.S. in Journalism and an M.S. in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida.

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