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J. William Rose Jr. - Birmingham, AL

1819 Fifth Avenue NorthSuite 1000 Birmingham, AL 35203

Updated: 04/03/2013

Birmingham Organization and Capital Formation Lawyer


Bill is a partner and serves as Chairman of Johnston Barton's Business & Tax Practice Group. He is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Bill has practiced law for over 30 years in the areas of taxation, business, estates, and White Collar Criminal Defense...

Bill is a partner and serves as Chairman of Johnston Barton's Business & Tax Practice Group. He is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Bill has practiced law for over 30 years in the areas of taxation, business, estates, and White Collar Criminal Defense. Bill has significant experience in corporate, partnership, individual, and estate tax planning and transactions, business succession planning, and Federal and State tax litigation, including tax proceedings before the United States Tax Court, the United States District Courts, the Federal appellate courts, and all State courts.

Bill also assists clients with such business matters as mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, and joint ventures. Bill's experience extends to representing companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and criminal proceedings.

Bill received his Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University (1972), his law degree from the University of Alabama (1971), and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University (1967) where he was a member of the tennis team.

Bill has been actively involved in the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association. In 2001, he served as President of the Birmingham Bar Association. He recently served as Chairman of the Tax Section of the Alabama State Bar, Chairman of the Alabama State Bar Permanent Code (Ethics) Commission, the Federal Tax Clinic, and the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Bill is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. Bill is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA. In 2005, he was recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of its Best of the Bar.

Bill has also served as President of the Duke University Alumni Club of Central Alabama, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA.

Lousy knees forced Bill's moving on from tennis and handball to golf, but his passion is turkey hunting. He also enjoys fishing and crossword puzzles.

About J. William Rose Jr.

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Organization and Capital Formation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Tax
  • White Collar, Compliance and Government Investigations
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Business Torts and Unfair Competition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Health Law
  • Estate/Trust Fiduciary Litigation
  • Estate Administration and Probate
  • Wealth Transfer Planning (Domestic)
  • Tax Controversy
  • State and Local Tax
  • Taxation of Businesses
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Estates and Trusts
  • Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers


Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. Tax Court

Other Affiliations

  • Alabama State Bar Permanent Code Commission (Chairman)
  • Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA (Board of Directors)
  • Birmingham Bar Association (Executive Committee)
  • Birmingham Bar Association (Former Chairman, Grievance Committee)
  • American Bar Association (Section of Taxation)
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association, - 2001 (President )
  • Birmingham Business Journal Best of the Bar, - 2005
  • Board of Directors of the Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA
  • Board of Directors of the University of Alabama Federal Tax Clinic
  • Chairman of Alabama State Bar's Permanent Code (Ethics) Commission
  • Chairman of the Tax Section of the Alabama State Bar
  • Chambers USA
  • Founding Director of the Birmingham Bar Foundation
  • Johnston Barton Business & Tax Practice Group (Chairman)
  • Johnston Barton Executive Committee
  • Duke Alumni Club of Central Alabama (President)


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1972
    Major: Taxation
  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1971
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1967

Office Information


1819 Fifth Avenue NorthSuite 1000 Birmingham, AL 35203


  • (205) 297-2201

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