ROBERT B. FRENCH, JR.

 Robert B. “Bob” French, Jr., is an 8th generation Alabamian. He was born in Howell, Tennessee on September 16, 1933. His parents, Nina Lois Sibley French and Robert B. French, were from Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, temporarily in Tennessee. William C. Maples, Abram Sibley and John W. Connally were veterans of the American Revolutionary War who settled in Madison County, Alabama. These men are Grandfathers of Bob French, 8 generations removed.

After receiving his secondary education diploma in 1952 from Decatur High School in Decatur, Alabama, Frenchattended the University of North Alabama at Florence, Alabama; the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Newburg, New York; and the University of Alabama. His B.S. Degree is in the field of Labor Management (Trade Unions) from the Culverhouse School of Commerce and Business Administration. He received L.L.B. and J.D. Degrees from the University of Alabama School of Law. Bob French worked his way through both high school and college. He has also attended numerous courses of the National College of Criminal Defense. French received Continuing Legal Education credit each year by attending or by teaching and doing papers on subjects requested by groups eligible to grant CLE credit for seminar lecturers. In 1989, French presented a paper and performed a demonstration on “Cross­examining a Government Informant,” to the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. French has presented papers on Voir Dire Examination of Prospective Jurors; Conducting a More Efficient Law Practice; “Death in the Afternoon,” a primer for trial lawyers; and “Warning!” a paper and lecture dealing with the most common problems encountered by trial lawyers in the practice of law. His paper entitled, “Preparation for Trial,” was presented in Huntsville, Alabama in 1990. On September 24, 1994, French was featured as a faculty member and presented a paper at the National College of Trial Advocacy. His topic was, “Jury Selection: Neutralizing the Gender/Race Factor in Domestic Violence Cases.”

French is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served four years in the Korean Conflict as a communications operator in intelligence. During his service, French was cleared for Top-Secret, received three medals, and an Honorable Discharge.

Married more than 46 years, Bob French and his late wife, Celeste, are the parents of a 58-year-old daughter and 45-year-old twins, a boy, and a girl. The older daughter has 8 years of higher education and is a professional opera singer in Boston. She holds a Masters Degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music. The twins are both graduates of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Younger daughter, Tammy, is a graduate Nurse who is a Nurse Supervisor at University Hospital in Birmingham. Her twin Tommy received his Juris Doctor Degree from Jones Law School in Montgomery, Alabama. After several years as a partner in the firm, Richardson, and French, L.L.C., Hayneville, Alabama, he returned to Robert B. French, Jr., P.C in Fort Payne for 9 years. He is now in independent practice in Trussville, Alabama. Tommy and his wife Kay are the parents of French’s two grandchildren, a boy, and a girl. Daughter Tammy has made him the proud grandfather of another granddaughter, Katelyn Celeste Prewitt.

Prior to Celeste’s passing from a brain tumor on December 22, 2001, the Frenches were active members of the First Baptist Church of Fort Payne, where Bob spent more than 36 years as a teacher of the Baraca Bible Class, a mixed class of all ages with more than 100 members. Before his retirement in September 2002, French taught this class on a college level. For 5 years, French taught an advanced class of spiritual development to a group called the Seekers. Using the basic teachings of Jesus Christ, French taught the development of self-worth, control of the surrounding reality through appropriate choices, and the assurance of the immortal One. French felt a definite calling to teach and has written extensively in the field of spiritual advancement. He has recently completed a six volume work expanding the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Bob French has been active in church work since 1941. His Great-Grandfather John Maples was a Methodist Minister during the Civil War at New Hope, Alabama, and his Grand-Father Neil Robert French was the Presbyterian Minister at Gurley, Alabama for more than 17 years. He has also attended self-development and religious workshops taught by prominent nationally known teachers.

Active in Civic Affairs, French has served on both the Workmen’s Compensation Committee and the Unemployment Compensation Committee of the Associated Industries of Alabama. He is a past Secretary-Treasurer of the West Alabama Personnel Association. He is a past President of the DeKalb County Bar Association and a past member of the Local Bar Activities Committee and Law Practice Management Committee of the Alabama State Bar Association. He has been a member of the American Judicature Society, the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyer’s Association, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lawyer-Pilot’s Bar Association, Alabama Trial Lawyer’s Association, the Farrah Law Society, and the Commerce Executives Society. He was the first lawyer in Alabama t9 become a Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Diplomate with the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1980. French has been included in “Who’s Who in American Law,” “Who’s Who in International Law,” and “Who’s Who in Southern Law.” French has been featured prominently in a recent book, “Early Graves” which is a reporter’s account of the Judith Neelley defense. French has also been featured on national television for his trial work on “A Current Affair” and “The Reporters”. French is admitted to practice law before the Alabama Supreme Court, the United States District Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. French is routinely admitted pro hac vice in any Court in the United States. He has been involved in international law in Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Germany, Japan, Trinidad, Egypt, Turkey, Switzerland, Belgium, South Africa, the Cameroons, France, Liberia, and the Cayman Islands.Although having practiced for than 53 years, Bob French still maintains a full case load and tries cases on a regular basis. As a trial lawyer he has tried or settled more than 100 substantial cases a year prior to 2001. French still accepts some cases on a national basis. He has tried cases in New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Michigan. French has represented 27 individuals charged with First Degree Murder during almost 54 years of law practice. He has had 6 not guilty, 8 life sentences, 6 sentenced to 10 years, 2 sentenced to 20 years, 1 sentenced to 25 years, 2 sentenced to 30 years and 1 sentenced to death. The death sentence was commuted by the outgoing Alabama Governor in that governor’s last public act. French has defended two capital rape cases with verdicts of 10 years and 25 years. For twelve years French was a student of the Civil War. This hobby led him to study Abraham Lincoln. In studying Lincoln with a passion, French developed a Lincoln library and became somewhat expert regarding the life of the 16th President of the United States. Bob French is a past Chairman of the DeKalb County Tourist Association. As such, he built the first tourist welcome center in Alabama at the intersection of I-59 and Glenn Blvd. This center functioned from 1966 until the State of Alabama built a tourist welcome center near the Georgia line. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association. He is a past Director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, a past Chairman of the North Alabama Farmer’s Produce Market, and a past Chairman of the DeKalb Arts Council. French has served on numerous corporate Boards of Directors for local, national and international corporations. French has been active in Republican Politics since 1959. He has served as County Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Republican Executive Committee and he was State Chairman of the Alabama Young Republican Federation in 1963. He was selected as the Outstanding State Young Republican Chairman in America by the Young Republican National Convention of 1965. Bob French has been a delegate to four Republican National Conventions and Alternate Delegate to the 1988 GOP National Convention in New Orleans. He has run for public office three times state wide leading the way as a Republican. He was narrowly defeated for Congress in 1964, he ran for Lt. Governor in 1970 (which allowed the Republican Party to conduct a primary), and he ran for Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 1988. He has been selected for listing in “Who’s Who in American Politics.” on several occasions. He has been offered several governmental positions over the years of Republican Administrations, including Assistant Attorney General of the United States. French served on the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee for 12 years. He served as Vice Chairman of the Committee for 4 years. He served as chairman of the committee recommending federal appointments in Alabama to the Republican Administration from 1968 through 1972. In February, 2001, he was elected without opposition as Chairman of the DeKalb County Republican

Although having practiced for than 53 years, Bob French still maintains a full case load and tries cases on a regular basis. As a trial lawyer he has tried or settled more than 100 substantial cases a year prior to 2001. French still accepts some cases on a national basis. He has tried cases in New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Michigan. French has represented 27 individuals charged with First Degree Murder during almost 54 years of law practice. He has had 6 not guilty, 8 life sentences, 6 sentenced to 10 years, 2 sentenced to 20 years, 1 sentenced to 25 years, 2 sentenced to 30 years and 1 sentenced to death. The death sentence was commuted by the outgoing Alabama Governor in that governor’s last public act. French has defended two capital rape cases with verdicts of 10 years and 25 years. For twelve years French was a student of the Civil War. This hobby led him to study Abraham Lincoln. In studying Lincoln with a passion, French developed a Lincoln library and became somewhat expert regarding the life of the 16th President of the United States. Bob French is a past Chairman of the DeKalb County Tourist Association. As such, he built the first tourist welcome center in Alabama at the intersection of I-59 and Glenn Blvd. This center functioned from 1966 until the State of Alabama built a tourist welcome center near the Georgia line. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association. He is a past Director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, a past Chairman of the North Alabama Farmer’s Produce Market, and a past Chairman of the DeKalb Arts Council. French has served on numerous corporate Boards of Directors for local, national and international corporations. French has been active in Republican Politics since 1959. He has served as County Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Republican Executive Committee and he was State Chairman of the Alabama Young Republican Federation in 1963. He was selected as the Outstanding State Young Republican Chairman in America by the Young Republican National Convention of 1965. Bob French has been a delegate to four Republican National Conventions and Alternate Delegate to the 1988 GOP National Convention in New Orleans. He has run for public office three times state wide leading the way as a Republican. He was narrowly defeated for Congress in 1964, he ran for Lt. Governor in 1970 (which allowed the Republican Party to conduct a primary), and he ran for Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 1988. He has been selected for listing in “Who’s Who in American Politics.” on several occasions. He has been offered several governmental positions over the years of Republican Administrations, including Assistant Attorney General of the United States. French served on the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee for 12 years. He served as Vice Chairman of the Committee for 4 years. He served as chairman of the committee recommending federal appointments in Alabama to the Republican Administration from 1968 through 1972. In February, 2001, he was elected without opposition as Chairman of the DeKalb County Republican Executive Committee.

Bob French has been awarded numerous awards by his profession, his church, civic organizations, and others. Among some of his awards are Trustee, Deacon, and twice Chairman of the Pulpit Committee of the First Baptist Church. He was selected for the Man of the Year Award by the Fort Payne Jaycees, 1967; received the Distinguished Service Award by the Fort Payne Jaycees in 1968; and was I of 4 Outstanding Young Men of Alabama, 1968. French had previously been selected as One of the Outstanding Young Men of America by the Jaycees in 1965. While editing an industrial newspaper for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and attending Law School, French won the Meritorious Achievement Award for Industrial Newspapers in America. He was selected as one of three nominees to be Assistant to the President of the B.F. Goodrich Company and declined in order to pursue a legal career. He was the 1990 recipient of the Roderick-Beddow, Sr. Award presented by the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in recognition of many years of distinguished service to the field of criminal law. French holds a multi-engine, instrument pilot rating, with more than 2,000 hours pilot in command time. He completed his jet training, but did not obtain the rating as it had lost its value at the time of the completion of his training. French is a professional arbitrator and mediator. He served a six month apprenticeship under Ralph Roger Williams, one of America’s foremost arbitrators, in 1963. Since that time, French has arbitrated cases on a regular basis. Having limited his practice to local cases, French was listed as a Professional Mediator and Arbitrator with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution of Montgomery, Alabama. So far as arbitration is concerned, French has arbitrated stock brokerage contracts, commercial transactions, franchise contracts, collective bargaining agreements covering a wide range of grievances, and numerous cases in the transportation industry as well as the metal fastener industry. French has also arbitrated cases involving financial agreements, patents, and automotive agreements. Additionally, French is mediating cases on a regular basis. As of this date, he has mediated more than 500 cases. In 2001, French was asked to judge the finals of the National Law School Mediation Competition. He sat as mediator-judge of Tulane University v. Pepperdine University. French is past counsel to the DeKalb County Board of Education. As such, he was lead counsel in what may be the foremost school-prayer case in America. Decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this landmark case allowed student initiated prayer in the public school. French has published two books, An Adventure with John and The LAWyer. A forthcoming book, Beaten, Battered and Damned, the Drano Murder Trial, is scheduled for publication this year.

An avid golfer since 1945, he is also a water color artist.

 

ROBERT B. FRENCH, JR.

 

Robert B. “Bob” French, Jr., is an 8th generation Alabamian. He was born in Howell, Tennessee on September 16, 1933. His parents, Nina Lois Sibley French and Robert B. French, were from Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, temporarily in Tennessee. William C. Maples, Abram Sibley and John W. Connally were veterans of the American Revolutionary War who settled in Madison County, Alabama. These men are Grandfathers of Bob French, 8 generations removed.

After receiving his secondary education diploma in 1952 from Decatur High School in Decatur, Alabama, Frenchattended the University of North Alabama at Florence, Alabama; the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Newburg, New York; and the University of Alabama. His B.S. Degree is in the field of Labor Management (Trade Unions) from the Culverhouse School of Commerce and Business Administration. He received L.L.B. and J.D. Degrees from the University of Alabama School of Law. Bob French worked his way through both high school and college. He has also attended numerous courses of the National College of Criminal Defense. French received Continuing Legal Education credit each year by attending or by teaching and doing papers on subjects requested by groups eligible to grant CLE credit for seminar lecturers. In 1989, French presented a paper and performed a demonstration on “Cross­examining a Government Informant,” to the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. French has presented papers on Voir Dire Examination of Prospective Jurors; Conducting a More Efficient Law Practice; “Death in the Afternoon,” a primer for trial lawyers; and “Warning!” a paper and lecture dealing with the most common problems encountered by trial lawyers in the practice of law. His paper entitled, “Preparation for Trial,” was presented in Huntsville, Alabama in 1990. On September 24, 1994, French was featured as a faculty member and presented a paper at the National College of Trial Advocacy. His topic was, “Jury Selection: Neutralizing the Gender/Race Factor in Domestic Violence Cases.”

French is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served four years in the Korean Conflict as a communications operator in intelligence. During his service, French was cleared for Top-Secret, received three medals, and an Honorable Discharge.

Married more than 46 years, Bob French and his late wife, Celeste, are the parents of a 58-year-old daughter and 45-year-old twins, a boy, and a girl. The older daughter has 8 years of higher education and is a professional opera singer in Boston. She holds a Masters Degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music. The twins are both graduates of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Younger daughter, Tammy, is a graduate Nurse who is a Nurse Supervisor at University Hospital in Birmingham. Her twin Tommy received his Juris Doctor Degree from Jones Law School in Montgomery, Alabama. After several years as a partner in the firm, Richardson, and French, L.L.C., Hayneville, Alabama, he returned to Robert B. French, Jr., P.C in Fort Payne for 9 years. He is now in independent practice in Trussville, Alabama. Tommy and his wife Kay are the parents of French’s two grandchildren, a boy, and a girl. Daughter Tammy has made him the proud grandfather of another granddaughter, Katelyn Celeste Prewitt.

Prior to Celeste’s passing from a brain tumor on December 22, 2001, the Frenches were active members of the First Baptist Church of Fort Payne, where Bob spent more than 36 years as a teacher of the Baraca Bible Class, a mixed class of all ages with more than 100 members. Before his retirement in September 2002, French taught this class on a college level. For 5 years, French taught an advanced class of spiritual development to a group called the Seekers. Using the basic teachings of Jesus Christ, French taught the development of self-worth, control of the surrounding reality through appropriate choices, and the assurance of the immortal One. French felt a definite calling to teach and has written extensively in the field of spiritual advancement. He has recently completed a six volume work expanding the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Bob French has been active in church work since 1941. His Great-Grandfather John Maples was a Methodist Minister during the Civil War at New Hope, Alabama, and his Grand-Father Neil Robert French was the Presbyterian Minister at Gurley, Alabama for more than 17 years. He has also attended self-development and religious workshops taught by prominent nationally known teachers.

Active in Civic Affairs, French has served on both the Workmen’s Compensation Committee and the Unemployment Compensation Committee of the Associated Industries of Alabama. He is a past Secretary-Treasurer of the West Alabama Personnel Association. He is a past President of the DeKalb County Bar Association and a past member of the Local Bar Activities Committee and Law Practice Management Committee of the Alabama State Bar Association. He has been a member of the American Judicature Society, the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyer’s Association, Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lawyer-Pilot’s Bar Association, Alabama Trial Lawyer’s Association, the Farrah Law Society, and the Commerce Executives Society. He was the first lawyer in Alabama t9 become a Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Diplomate with the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 1980. French has been included in “Who’s Who in American Law,” “Who’s Who in International Law,” and “Who’s Who in Southern Law.” French has been featured prominently in a recent book, “Early Graves” which is a reporter’s account of the Judith Neelley defense. French has also been featured on national television for his trial work on “A Current Affair” and “The Reporters”. French is admitted to practice law before the Alabama Supreme Court, the United States District Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. French is routinely admitted pro hac vice in any Court in the United States. He has been involved in international law in Canada, Mexico, Nigeria, Germany, Japan, Trinidad, Egypt, Turkey, Switzerland, Belgium, South Africa, the Cameroons, France, Liberia, and the Cayman Islands.Although having practiced for than 53 years, Bob French still maintains a full case load and tries cases on a regular basis. As a trial lawyer he has tried or settled more than 100 substantial cases a year prior to 2001. French still accepts some cases on a national basis. He has tried cases in New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Michigan. French has represented 27 individuals charged with First Degree Murder during almost 54 years of law practice. He has had 6 not guilty, 8 life sentences, 6 sentenced to 10 years, 2 sentenced to 20 years, 1 sentenced to 25 years, 2 sentenced to 30 years and 1 sentenced to death. The death sentence was commuted by the outgoing Alabama Governor in that governor’s last public act. French has defended two capital rape cases with verdicts of 10 years and 25 years. For twelve years French was a student of the Civil War. This hobby led him to study Abraham Lincoln. In studying Lincoln with a passion, French developed a Lincoln library and became somewhat expert regarding the life of the 16th President of the United States. Bob French is a past Chairman of the DeKalb County Tourist Association. As such, he built the first tourist welcome center in Alabama at the intersection of I-59 and Glenn Blvd. This center functioned from 1966 until the State of Alabama built a tourist welcome center near the Georgia line. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association. He is a past Director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, a past Chairman of the North Alabama Farmer’s Produce Market, and a past Chairman of the DeKalb Arts Council. French has served on numerous corporate Boards of Directors for local, national and international corporations. French has been active in Republican Politics since 1959. He has served as County Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Republican Executive Committee and he was State Chairman of the Alabama Young Republican Federation in 1963. He was selected as the Outstanding State Young Republican Chairman in America by the Young Republican National Convention of 1965. Bob French has been a delegate to four Republican National Conventions and Alternate Delegate to the 1988 GOP National Convention in New Orleans. He has run for public office three times state wide leading the way as a Republican. He was narrowly defeated for Congress in 1964, he ran for Lt. Governor in 1970 (which allowed the Republican Party to conduct a primary), and he ran for Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 1988. He has been selected for listing in “Who’s Who in American Politics.” on several occasions. He has been offered several governmental positions over the years of Republican Administrations, including Assistant Attorney General of the United States. French served on the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee for 12 years. He served as Vice Chairman of the Committee for 4 years. He served as chairman of the committee recommending federal appointments in Alabama to the Republican Administration from 1968 through 1972. In February, 2001, he was elected without opposition as Chairman of the DeKalb County Republican

Although having practiced for than 53 years, Bob French still maintains a full case load and tries cases on a regular basis. As a trial lawyer he has tried or settled more than 100 substantial cases a year prior to 2001. French still accepts some cases on a national basis. He has tried cases in New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Michigan. French has represented 27 individuals charged with First Degree Murder during almost 54 years of law practice. He has had 6 not guilty, 8 life sentences, 6 sentenced to 10 years, 2 sentenced to 20 years, 1 sentenced to 25 years, 2 sentenced to 30 years and 1 sentenced to death. The death sentence was commuted by the outgoing Alabama Governor in that governor’s last public act. French has defended two capital rape cases with verdicts of 10 years and 25 years. For twelve years French was a student of the Civil War. This hobby led him to study Abraham Lincoln. In studying Lincoln with a passion, French developed a Lincoln library and became somewhat expert regarding the life of the 16th President of the United States. Bob French is a past Chairman of the DeKalb County Tourist Association. As such, he built the first tourist welcome center in Alabama at the intersection of I-59 and Glenn Blvd. This center functioned from 1966 until the State of Alabama built a tourist welcome center near the Georgia line. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association. He is a past Director of the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce, a past Chairman of the North Alabama Farmer’s Produce Market, and a past Chairman of the DeKalb Arts Council. French has served on numerous corporate Boards of Directors for local, national and international corporations. French has been active in Republican Politics since 1959. He has served as County Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Republican Executive Committee and he was State Chairman of the Alabama Young Republican Federation in 1963. He was selected as the Outstanding State Young Republican Chairman in America by the Young Republican National Convention of 1965. Bob French has been a delegate to four Republican National Conventions and Alternate Delegate to the 1988 GOP National Convention in New Orleans. He has run for public office three times state wide leading the way as a Republican. He was narrowly defeated for Congress in 1964, he ran for Lt. Governor in 1970 (which allowed the Republican Party to conduct a primary), and he ran for Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in 1988. He has been selected for listing in “Who’s Who in American Politics.” on several occasions. He has been offered several governmental positions over the years of Republican Administrations, including Assistant Attorney General of the United States. French served on the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee for 12 years. He served as Vice Chairman of the Committee for 4 years. He served as chairman of the committee recommending federal appointments in Alabama to the Republican Administration from 1968 through 1972. In February, 2001, he was elected without opposition as Chairman of the DeKalb County Republican Executive Committee.

Bob French has been awarded numerous awards by his profession, his church, civic organizations, and others. Among some of his awards are Trustee, Deacon, and twice Chairman of the Pulpit Committee of the First Baptist Church. He was selected for the Man of the Year Award by the Fort Payne Jaycees, 1967; received the Distinguished Service Award by the Fort Payne Jaycees in 1968; and was I of 4 Outstanding Young Men of Alabama, 1968. French had previously been selected as One of the Outstanding Young Men of America by the Jaycees in 1965. While editing an industrial newspaper for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and attending Law School, French won the Meritorious Achievement Award for Industrial Newspapers in America. He was selected as one of three nominees to be Assistant to the President of the B.F. Goodrich Company and declined in order to pursue a legal career. He was the 1990 recipient of the Roderick-Beddow, Sr. Award presented by the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in recognition of many years of distinguished service to the field of criminal law. French holds a multi-engine, instrument pilot rating, with more than 2,000 hours pilot in command time. He completed his jet training, but did not obtain the rating as it had lost its value at the time of the completion of his training. French is a professional arbitrator and mediator. He served a six month apprenticeship under Ralph Roger Williams, one of America’s foremost arbitrators, in 1963. Since that time, French has arbitrated cases on a regular basis. Having limited his practice to local cases, French was listed as a Professional Mediator and Arbitrator with the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution of Montgomery, Alabama. So far as arbitration is concerned, French has arbitrated stock brokerage contracts, commercial transactions, franchise contracts, collective bargaining agreements covering a wide range of grievances, and numerous cases in the transportation industry as well as the metal fastener industry. French has also arbitrated cases involving financial agreements, patents, and automotive agreements. Additionally, French is mediating cases on a regular basis. As of this date, he has mediated more than 500 cases. In 2001, French was asked to judge the finals of the National Law School Mediation Competition. He sat as mediator-judge of Tulane University v. Pepperdine University. French is past counsel to the DeKalb County Board of Education. As such, he was lead counsel in what may be the foremost school-prayer case in America. Decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this landmark case allowed student initiated prayer in the public school. French has published two books, An Adventure with John and The LAWyer. A forthcoming book, Beaten, Battered and Damned, the Drano Murder Trial, is scheduled for publication this year.

An avid golfer since 1945, he is also a water color artist.

 

 

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“I CERTAINLY DIDN’T CARE FOR HER AS YOU WILL SEE.”

BOB FRENCH, REFERRING  TO HIS CLIENT, JUDITH ANN NEELLEY

This is a horrible story of multiple kidnappings, rapes, murders, attempted murders, armed robbery, thefts, frauds, and more. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it gets worse.

This is a true account of a lawyer’s defense of one of America’s worst crime sprees. The book indicates the dedication of a lawyer embroiled in a horrible case where he despised his client and she hated him. The state’s evidence was overwhelming. The defense had only the wives and who knew what they would say? Their stories of the cruelty and meanness of Alvin Neelley were international news in their savagery.

 

 

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