One of the Firm's founding Shareholders, Kirby is a member of the Estate, Trust & Business Planning Group. He is also a former member of the Firm's Executive Committee.

Kirby has practiced in the area of wills, estates, and trusts for over 40 years. He regularly represents individuals in the estate planning process, as well as individual and corporate fiduciaries in the area of estate and trust administration. His estate planning practice is geared toward assisting clients with the stewardship of their wealth and includes sophisticated will and trust drafting; income, estate and gift tax planning; charitable planning; insurance and employee benefit planning; and a variety of wealth transfer techniques. Kirby's estate administration practice is designed to help clients fulfill their testamentary and tax objectives, while strengthening family relationships. He regularly advises individual and corporate fiduciaries and has been a principal outside counsel for the Personal Trust Department of Regions Bank and other institutional trustees.

Kirby's skills and talents have earned him numerous accolades, the most recent of which is the prestigious Band 1 ranking by Chambers and Partners in the area of "Private Wealth Law." He has served as the Firm's Hiring Attorney since its inception and has had a hand in hiring almost all of the firm's Birmingham lawyers.  Two of Kirby's most memorable professional moments have been (1) in 2003, when his colleagues recognized his efforts in building the firm by naming a room for him at Vanderbilt Law School, and (2) in 2019, when he was given the firm's inaugural "Founding Principles Award."

Community & Professional

  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Estate Planning Council of Birmingham, former Director
  • Alabama Bar Examiner in Wills, Estates & Trusts
  • National Association of Estate Planners
  • Alabama Law Institute
  • Alabama Law Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Church of the Highlands, Elder
  • Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, Board of Directors
  • Prison Fellowship, Bible Study Teacher
  • Big Oak Ranch, Advisory Board of Directors
  • Birmingham-Southern College, Chairman, Pre-Law Advisory Committee
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, Alumni Board of Directors
  • Leadership Birmingham



  • Chambers and Partners HNW Guide: The World's Leading High-Net Worth Advisors, Band 1 Leading Individual for "Private Wealth Law" (2017 - present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates (1986 - present), Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Nonprofit / Charities Law (2023 - present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Estate & Probate (2016 - present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, Trust & Estate Litigation, Tax (2008 - 2015)
  • Birmingham Business Journal’s Best of Bar, Estate Planning (2005 - 2007)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

Additional Honors & Awards

  • "Sports Hall of Fame," Birmingham-Southern College (2014)
  • "Outstanding Professional Advisor Award," Association of Professional Fundraisers (2011)
  • "Distinguished Alumnus Award," Birmingham-Southern College (2008)
  • “L. Burton Barnes Public Service Award," Birmingham Bar Association (2005)
  • "Goodfellows Public Service Award," Birmingham News (2003)
  • "Founding Principles Award," Maynard Cooper & Gale (2019)



  • State Bar: Alabama


  • Seybourn H. Lynne
    U.S. District Court for N.D. of Alabama (1971-72)
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