Beasley Allen lawyer Gibson Vance was installed as the president-elect of the Alabama State Bar and will serve his term until July 2022. He is on track to become the organization’s next president and will join his law partners Tom Methvin and Cole Portis, who also served as president of the Alabama State Bar.
“I have been a long-time member of the Alabama State Bar, and it will be an honor to assist the incoming administration and prepare to help lead the organization next year,” Vance said.
Vance was born in Troy, Alabama, and raised by his mother, who was a schoolteacher. He attended Troy State University on a Pell grant, student loans and work-study. He attended Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at night and worked for a law firm full time as a law clerk during the day. While attending Jones, Vance was elected Student Bar President.
He began his law practice during law school when he obtained his “third-year practice card,” and he assisted in trying several jury trials. For his entire 28-year career, he has focused on representing individuals who have been injured or mistreated. Vance began his career in a two-person law firm handling all types of cases, including criminal, civil, probate and domestic cases.
Vance has been active in bar activities at the local, state, and national levels. He has served as President of the Montgomery County Bar Young Lawyers Division, the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, the Alabama Association for Justice, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice.
He has served in many capacities at the Alabama State Bar. In addition to his current position as President-Elect, Vance has been a Bar Commissioner for several years and chaired and has been a member of numerous committees. He has been selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America.
Vance also has been active in a leadership capacity in other organizations and is currently serving as President Pro Temp of the Troy University Board of Trustees.
Vance is married to Kate Vance, and they have two sons, Carter, who attends Seminary, and Andrew, a Junior at Troy.