Winning Since 1892
Finis Ewing St. John was the last of twelve children, born in 1872. He "read law" in an attorney's office in Cullman, and was admitted to the bar in 1892 at the age of eighteen. He was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives from Walker and Cullman Counties in 1922. During his three terms, Representative St. John served as a speaker pro-tem and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. He was also a member of the Code Committee which drafted the Alabama Code in 1923. Alabama Supreme Court Justice Joel S. Brown once wrote that: "Mr. St. John is a profound student of law. He is at his best at trial of important cases. He possesses a commanding personality, a smooth and resonant voice, logic and wit. He has few equals and no superiors."
Born in Cullman County in 1909, Finis Ewing St. John, Jr. , attended Howard College (now Samford University) and the University of Alabama from where he received his law degree. Finis E. St. John, Jr. served two terms in the Alabama Senate (1939-47). Senator St. John was author of the bill creating the Pardon and Parole Board. He was appointed to the Code Committee and subsequently helped write the revised Code of Alabama(1940). He was elected to fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1965.
Born in 1933, Finis E. St. John, III graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1955. He married Miss Juliet Given of Birmingham in 1956. After joining his father in the Cullman practice, he served one term in the Alabama House of Representatives and two terms in the Alabama Senate, and served as President Pro Tem of that body. While in the Legislature, he served on the committee which revised the Alabama Code as had his father and grandfather. Juliet Given St. John, graduated from the Cumberland School of Law, Cum Laude in 1973 and joined her husband and her father-in-law at the Cullman practice. They practiced together until Finis E. St. John, Jr. and Finis E. St. John III's deaths in 1984. Their son Finis E. St. John, IV joined the firm in 1984 after clerking for the United State Court of Appeals 11th Circuit in Miami. Finis IV and Gaynor are both fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers.