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C. Meade Hartfield

C. Meade Hartfield

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C. Meade Hartfield

Partner
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Meade Hartfield has represented clients nationwide in a variety of industries, including financial services, drug and medical device, automotive, aviation, industrial equipment, insurance, and environmental. Her financial services practice includes representing financial institutions, auto-finance lenders and mortgage companies in defensive litigation matters throughout the country, including alleged violations of TCPA, TILA, FCRA, FDCPA and state deceptive trade practices laws. She also spearheads regulatory compliance services in response to pending or new legislation.

Meade has been admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. She is an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), where she serves as Seminar Chair of the Women in the Law Committee, as well as the Women in the Law Liaison to the International Law Committee and the Automotive Section of the Product Liability Committee. Meade also is serving as the inaugural chair of Women in the Law Committee for the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management?
Multi-state litigation management; Client liaison; Auto finance team marketing and management

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.
As a "professional student," I welcome growth in all areas of my practice.

What three keywords best describe you?
Determined. Passionate. Loyal.

Personal Motto:
We all have the same thing: It's called today - make it count.

What are you passionate about?
Travel, writing, and wine.

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I sing in my church's band.

Who has been a role model for you?
My mother, Sherry Pierce Hartfield, remains my hero. Her life as an educator, cancer survivor, and consummate encourager left a legacy in the lives of many.

What are you most proud of?
Making partner before my mother passed away is something I will cherish forever.

MENTORING:

What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Active engagement by the person mentoring is essential to the success of the person mentored. The mentor must listen to the specific goals of the mentored and tailor honest feedback and constructive criticism when necessary.

What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Find a legal organization or an affinity group that you can join early. Get involved. Meet people. Network. Keep up with them. You will benefit both with referrals and, more importantly, lifelong friendships.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
I now celebrate the fact that there is no single path to success within the legal profession. Choose the path that is right for you.