Our Team

Attorneys

Nick Y. Shimoda, J.D. LL.M

Nick began practicing law in 1993 after completing undergraduate studies at Auburn University and obtaining a law degree from the University of Alabama. Following law school, Nick operated a general practice law firm until he started working for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in Bentonville, Arkansas as in house litigator. Nick obtained his Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M) from the University of Alabama in 1999.

EDUCATION

  • Auburn University (B.S. Business Administration, Economics, 1990)
  • The University of Alabama (J.D. 1993)
  • The University of Alabama (LL.M in Taxation, 1999)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Supreme Court of The United States of America
  • Supreme Court of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States Tax Court

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Elder Law Section
  • Elder Law Section
  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
  • Taxation Section
  • Houston County Bar Association
  • Wealth Counsel
  • Elder Counsel
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Exempt Organizations and Charitable Activities in Alabama
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Community Foundations
  • How to Draft Wills and Trusts in Alabama
  • The Fundamentals of Will Drafting
  • Will Drafting: The Next Step
  • Administering Decedent’s Estate in Alabama
  • The Probate Process From Start to Finish in Alabama
  • Alabama Probate Law and Procedure

AWARDS

  • The John Campbell Moot Court Board Award for Outstanding First Year Advocate
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV
  • 2018 and 2019 Elite Lawyer of the South
  • 2019 Top Rated Lawyer in Trust & Estates Law

R.F. (Ben) Stewart III, JD, LL.M.

In 1981, Ben received a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management from the University of Alabama and received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in 1984. Following graduation, he received a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1985.

In 1994, he was awarded the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation (CEBS) from the Wharton School of Business and the International Society of Employee Benefit Specialist and in 2011 he became an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).

In addition to practicing law for over 33 years as a probate, estate planning and elderlaw attorney, Ben’s experience included working for several international consulting firms, such as Mercer Consulting, as a retirement plan consultant. Ben continues to provide guidance to small and medium-size businesses on their retirement plan design and operations.

He is a member of the Alabama and Birmingham Bar Associations, The Birmingham Estate Planning Council and the International Foundation of Certified Employee Benefit Specialist. He is also a founding member of the WealthCounsel, a national organization of estate planning attorneys, the WealthCounsel Advisors Forum, a national organization devoted to comprehensive wealth planning and the ElderCounsel, a national organization devoted to the practice of elderlaw and special needs planning. He is also a Qualified Member of Kingdom Advisors.

EDUCATION

  • University of Alabama (B.S. Marketing Management, 1981)
  • Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1984)
  • The University of Florida (LL.M in Taxation, 1985)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Alabama State Bar (1984)
  • Tennessee State Bar (1985) (Inactive)
  • United States Tax Court
  • “Veterans Administration Accredited”

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Elder Law Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
  • Birmingham Estate Planning Council
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Wealth Counsel
  • Elder Counsel
  • Kingdom Advisors

OTHER PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS

  • CEBS – Certified Employee Benefits Specialist
  • AIF® Accredited Investment Fiduciary
  • CKA® Certified Kingdom Advisor

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Beyond the Veterans Benefit known as “Aid and Attendance” – The Alabama Lawyer (Nov 2015)
  • National Business Institute – Veteran Benefit Basics

AWARDS

  • 2012 Birmingham Magazine’s Top Attorney – Probate

Ron Storey, J.D.

EDUCATION

  • Auburn University (B.S. Economics)
  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D. 1973)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Supreme Court of Alabama and all other Alabama State Courts
  • Supreme Court of Florida and all other Florida State Courts
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit of Alabama – July 1979 to October 1987

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alabama Bar Association
    Dispute Resolution Section
  • Florida Bar Assocation
    Elder Law Section
    Alternative Disputes Resolution Section
  • Houston County Bar Association
  • Registered Mediator on the Alavama State Court Mediator Roster
  • Registered Private Judge on the Alabama State Court Private Judge Roster

Of Counsel

J. Kevin Webb, J.D., LL.M, C.P.A.

Kevin is a tax attorney with a practice emphasis in the areas of estate planning and estate and trust administration, as well as handling tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Alabama.

A Dothan, Alabama native, Kevin began his career as an accountant working for a local accounting firm in Opelika, Alabama, and later worked with Ernst & Young, LLP, where he became a Certified Public Accountant in 1997.

Kevin began his legal career in Birmingham, Alabama in 2002 and has practiced in the areas of probate, trusts and estates since 2004. During this time, Kevin has assisted numerous of individuals and families with creating estate plans.

EDUCATION

  • Auburn University (B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting, 1993)
  • The University of Alabama (J.D., 2001)
  • The University of Florida (LL.M. in Taxation, 2002)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Supreme Court of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States Tax Court

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants

Staff

Joy Riddle

Paralegal

joy@dothanelderlaw.com

Joy was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She obtained her college degrees from Beckfield College in Florence, Kentucky. She earned an Associates of Applied Science in Paralegal and a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. Joy is also a member of Lamda Epsilon Chi, an Honor Society of the National Paralegal Association.

Tracy Brooks

Client Care Coordinator

tracy@shimodastewart.com

Tracy Brooks was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Dothan. She graduated from Houston Academy and attended Samford University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relations. Tracy is married to Mike and they have one son, Ethan.

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Shimoda Stewart, LLP
Dothan

256 Honeysuckle Road
Suite 15
Dothan, AL 36305

P.O. Box 1765
Dothan, AL 36302

Phone: (334) 699-2323
Fax: (334) 500-5008

Birmingham

1800 Providence Park
Suite 250
Birmingham, Alabama 35242

Phone: (205) 803-6724


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