May 24, 2017
Alabama State Bar Announces Death of General Counsel J. Anthony ‘Tony’ McLain
Alabama State Bar President J. Cole Portis of the Beasley Allen Law Firm (Montgomery) announced today the death of long-time Alabama State Bar General Counsel J. Anthony ‘Tony’ McLain. McLain passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017. He was a member of the bar’s staff for more than 28 years and was named as general counsel in 1995.
“Tony McLain was an encourager. He possessed wisdom and he was a servant leader. These three traits are vital when one holds the position of general counsel for the Alabama State Bar,” said Portis. “I think his most important trait, though, was his ability as the prosecutor to show compassion even when discipline was being leveled against an attorney. In his role as general counsel, I am certain that Tony wasn’t beloved by every lawyer, but Tony, who was universally respected, became one of the icons in our bar.”