Christina "Christi" Graham
Gibbons Graham LLC
B.S., The University of Georgia; J.D., Cumberland School of Law
Years Practicing: 13
How have you been involved in the Birmingham Bar?
I joined the Birmingham Bar Association (“BBA”) during my first year of practice. After a couple of years, a friend encouraged me to become more active in the BBA, and I have been most active in the Women Lawyers Section (the “WLS”). I am a former member of the Community Education Committee of the BBA, and I have held many positions in the WLS over the years, including: both Chair and Co-chair of the Public Relations and Newsletter Committee, Chair of the Projects Committee, Chair of Social and Entertainment Committee, and Nominating Committee member. I am currently Chair of the Women Lawyers Section, and by virtue of that position I also serve on the BBA Executive Committee.
What do you like most about the Birmingham Bar?
The diversity of membership in the BBA always impresses me. At almost every function, there are attorneys of different ages, races and genders. The active membership of the BBA includes graduates of numerous law schools, attorneys from small firms and large firms, solo practitioners, in-house attorneys, government attorneys, and members of the bench. The diversity of membership in the BBA is also reflected in the membership and leadership of the WLS. I am humbled to associate with so many dynamic leaders in the Bar and WLS, and I admire the BBA’s on-going efforts to promote justice and public service. As the WLS prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2014, I am honored and excited to be a part of a group that does so much for its membership and for the community at large.
What is the most rewarding experience in your practice of law?
I enjoy a sense of satisfaction when a deal closes because I know that I have helped my client achieve its goal. Although I started my career as a litigator, my practice is now primarily limited to transactional and real-estate related work. The aspect of transactional work that I most appreciate is the fact that the parties are striving toward a common objective – closing the deal. Each transaction presents obstacles and challenges (which at times may seem insurmountable), but when the problems are solved and the ink has dried, both sides have achieved their goal.
What makes you proud to be a lawyer?
I’m most proud of the relationships I have cultivated over the years. I have been fortunate to practice at (what I believe to be) three of the finest law firms in the State of Alabama. Over the years I have had the privilege of practicing with many accomplished attorneys. Each transaction is unique, and the experience gained by working with talented attorneys on both sides of the table is invaluable. I am fortunate to count many of these attorneys as friends. I am also proud to be a part of a profession that continues to seek social justice and advance many worthwhile causes.
What advice would you give to new lawyers just beginning practice?
Several pieces of advice come to mind, but I believe two things are most important. First, find a mentor. Your mentor needs to be someone (a) that you trust, (b) who has your best interest at heart, and (c) whose opinion you value. If there is not an attorney at your firm that can fill that role, then reach out to a trusted professor or get involved in the BBA. Second, you should always remember that your most valuable asset to your practice is your reputation. If you work hard, do a good job for your clients, and conduct yourself with integrity, then good things typically follow.
Any information you would like to share about family, hobbies, etc.? I live in Mountain Brook, Alabama with my husband Will and our three children, William, Thomas, and Mattie. When I’m not working, supervising homework, or chauffeuring my kids to and from their activities, I enjoying watching college football and cheering for UGA. GO DAWGS!!