Jeffrey McLaughlin started the firm in 1995. He grew up in Guntersville and graduated from Guntersville High School in 1978. He attended Birmingham Southern College and graduated with a B.A. in 1982. He then taught history, government, and biology for four years at John Carroll High School in Birmingham before graduating from law school at Harvard in 1990. After practicing in Birmingham as a law clerk for Federal Judge Seybourn Lynne and also at the law firm of Maynard Cooper & Gale, he returned home in 1995 to open up his own law practice.
McLaughlin served as the Representative for Marshall County (District 27) in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2001 - 2010. In the Legislature, McLaughlin served on the Education Appropriations Committee, the Constitution and Elections Committee, the County and Municipal Government Committee, and formed and chaired the Tennessee Valley Caucus. Some of his more notable accomplishments in the Legislature include the Landlord Tenant Act, a series of bills protecting the Tennessee River and recapturing TVA in lieu of tax dollars for the Tennessee Valley region.
In 2011 Governor Bentley appointed McLaughlin to serve as an Alabama delegate to the Uniform Law Commission. In the same year, he was also elected to serve as a member of the Alabama Law Institute. And in 2012, McLaughlin was selected as an editor of the “Alabama Lawyer” magazine. In addition to serving as counsel for the City of Arab and Marshall County Personnel Board, the Town of Grant selected him to serve as their Municipal Judge.
Jeff and his wife, Stacy, have three children, Frank, William, and Mary Crawford. They live in Guntersville where he is active in numerous civic and community activities including the Marshall County Foster Parents Association, Lake City Civitans, and St. Williams Church.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys tinkering with all the old junk in his garage and keeping up with three active children.
Rodney Edmondson has served as a partner at the law firm of McLaughlin & Edmondson, LLC in Guntersville, Alabama since 2001. Prior to his joining the firm, he was an Assistant District Attorney for the District Attorney’s Office in Marshall County, Alabama. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1999 and is a member of both the Alabama Bar Association and the Marshall County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all Alabama state and federal courts including the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Rodney has been actively involved in numerous civic and community organizations including United Way of Marshall County where he served as President for two terms and has been a member for more than 12 years, CAJA, James’ House Homeless Shelter, Marshall County Leadership Challenge, and Tennessee Valley Family Services, Inc. Rodney is frequently called on to serve as an instructor teaching other lawyers in their required continuing legal education.
Rodney earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Jones School of Law in Montgomery in 1999 after receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama in 1996. He also served as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps for six years before entering the practice of law. He was raised in Marshall County, where he graduated from Boaz High School. He currently lives in Arab with his wife and their three boys and is a deacon serving his church family at Guntersville Church of Christ.