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Jenna M. Bedsole Named Managing Shareholder of Baker Donelson's Birmingham Office


Jenna M. Bedsole has been named the managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Birmingham office.

While serving as office managing shareholder, Ms. Bedsole will maintain her legal practice, which is focused on representing employers in a broad range of employment matters, including the defense of cases under federal and state discrimination laws, and the enforcement of restrictive covenants, like non-solicitation agreements. She previously served as chair of the Firm's Labor & Employment Group from 2015 until February of this year.

Ms. Bedsole assumes the role from Andy Rotenstreich, who has served as managing shareholder since 2016. Mr. Rotenstreich will resume a full-time focus on his wireless telecommunications practice.

"Jenna is a brilliant lawyer and a natural leader," said Mr. Rotenstreich. "She is a perfect fit to lead the Birmingham office, and I'm confident her leadership will ensure our Firm's continued success and growth in Birmingham."

Ms. Bedsole is an active member of the Birmingham Business Alliance, where she has served as chair of the organization's Women's Business Council and Birmingham Regional Economic Council. She is also the executive producer and director of "Stand Up, Speak Out – The Nina Miglionico Story," a feature film documentary on the life and legacy of one of Alabama's first female attorneys, as well as "The Fight For the Noblest Democracy: Women's Suffrage in Alabama," which was selected for the 2020 Sidewalk Film Festival and has been broadcast throughout the state and beyond to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

Ms. Bedsole's numerous recognitions include being named by Birmingham Magazine as one of the "Women Who Shape the State," being awarded the Alabama State Bar's Edward M. Patterson Servant Leadership Award, being recognized by the National Diversity Council among its "Top 15 Business Women in Alabama," and being named among Birmingham Business Journal's "Women to Watch" and "Best of the Bar." In 2015, Baker Donelson recognized her with its Susan E. Rich Women's Initiative Award, which is given annually to a recipient who exemplifies ongoing commitment and effort to strengthen the role of women attorneys at the Firm. She is recognized in Chambers USA as a leading Labor and Employment lawyer in Alabama and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2015. Since 2014, Ms. Bedsole has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers, which has also recognized her among the top 50 female attorneys in the Mid-South since 2016.

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