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Adams White Oliver Short and Forbus LLP

About Adams White Oliver Short and Forbus LLP

Adams White & Oliver, LLP, has provided legal services to citizens and businesses in East Alabama for over 100 years. Our firm's objective is to provide the highest quality legal representation to our clients in a prompt and effective manner. We believe in performing quality legal services at reasonable prices. We exist to serve our clients and to accommodate our clients' needs.


The firm enjoys a national reputation as a Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV-rated firm. This accomplishment is only attained by a small percentage of lawyers and firms in the East Alabama area. We believe it is a true reflection of our past work and an accurate indication of the quality of work we will perform in the future. Our firm has also been recognized by Best Lawyers and U.S. News Best Law Firms, and two of our attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.


Adams White & Oliver traces its roots to the law practice of Jacob Walker, Sr. Mr. Walker graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute, what is now Auburn University, in 1908 and then attended the University of Chicago Law School. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. Walker, a native of Alexander City, returned to his home town to practice law. In 1915, Mr. Walker moved his young law practice from Alexander City, Alabama to Opelika, Alabama and began practicing law.


In the late 1930s, Mr. Walker bought a vacant lot next to the Lee County Courthouse and in 1940 constructed a building to house his growing law practice. In a newspaper article announcing the construction of the office building by Mr. Walker, it was reported that the building "will be strikingly beautiful, one of the finest designs of any building in the city. When completed, this will make a wonderful improvement in the courthouse block. " To this day, the firm continues to practice in the same "strikingly beautiful" Opelika location.


In 1948, Mr. Walker was joined in the practice of law by his son, Jacob Walker, Jr., and they began practicing law under the name of Walker & Walker.

Hoyt Hill joined the practice in 1960 with Phillip E. Adams, Jr. joining in 1969 and Arnold W. Umbach, Jr. in 1971. The firm then became known as Walker, Hill, Adams & Umbach.


In 1998, Matthew W. White joined the firm, and in 2004 two additional attorneys, Blake L. Oliver and Michael E. Short, also joined. Jason Forbus joined in 2012 and Julie Musolf joined in 2016.


In 2018, the firm began practicing as Adams White & Oliver, LLP.



Several firm attorneys became judges in Lee County. James T. Gullage, who joined the firm in 1962, began serving as a Lee County circuit judge in 1976. Jacob Walker III joined the firm in 1985 and has served as Circuit Judge since 1996. In 1993, Russell K. Bush joined the firm. He is currently serving as a Lee County District Judge.

Location and Practice Areas Wise Attorney Count:

Total Offices: 1

Total Attorneys: 5

Total Office Wise Attorneys:

Locations No. of Attorneys
Opelika, 5

Total number of Attorneys in this Practice Area:

Practice Areas No. of Attorneys
Corporate - General 1
Government Contracts 1
Labor & Employment 1
Litigation 3
Litigation - Construction 1
Litigation - General (consumer) 3
Litigation - Labor & Employment 1
Other 1
Real Estate 2
Trusts and Estates 1
Workers Compensation 1

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