Annual Conference 2024

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The Board of Directors of the Land Title Association of Alabama cordially invites you to attend our First Annual Conference. This in-person conference will take place Sunday, August 25th through Monday, August 26th, 2024 at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook. This boutique hotel is conveniently located near great restaurants, shopping, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Birmingham Zoo. Plan to stay the weekend or just for the night to enjoy this fabulous area. Our theme is “My Home’s in Alabama!” This will be a place where land title professionals in Alabama can learn the latest industry news from local Alabama experts while also earning CLE/CE. Most importantly, it’s a place to network and build connections throughout the state. We’re proud to announce that our Keynote speaker will be Gary Palmer, Representative of the 6th Congressional District. Our title industry facilitates home ownership every day for our fellow Alabamians. Let’s celebrate our important role together as the Land Title Association of Alabama! Please plan to join us!

Registration fees include access to all the presentations, cocktail reception, breakfast buffet and CLE/CE credit.

Registration Type Early Registration

(Before Aug 16th)

Regular Registration*

(After Aug 16th)

Abstractor / Agent Staff $295.00 $395.00
Agent / Underwriter / Associate $395.00 $495.00
Non-Member Join Now and SAVE! $595.00 $695.00


Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, Autograph Collection
2655 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35223

August 25 – Sunday

12:30 – 01:30 PM

Registration in Ballroom I

01:30 – 02:00 PM

Welcome and Introductions

02:00 – 03:00 PM

Chesley Payne, Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC
Corporate Transparency Act/FinCin

03:00 – 04:00 PM

Dan Sparks, Christian & Small

04:00 – 05:00 PM

Judge Sherri Friday, Jefferson County Probate Judge, Place 2
Public Records

5:30 pm- Until

Reception in the Billiards Room

August 26 – Monday

07:30 – 08:45 AM

Registration, Breakfast Buffet, Ballroom I

08:45 – 09:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions

09:00 – 10:00 AM

Congressman Gary Palmer, 6th District
Keynote Address

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Stuart Norton, ACRE
Alabama Real Estate Statistics and Forecasts

11:00 – 12:00 PM

Roman Shaul, General Counsel, Alabama State Bar

12:00 – 12:30 PM

LTAAL Business Meeting




Congressman Gary Palmer

Mr. Palmer, who grew up in Hackleburg, a small town in Northwest Alabama, now lives in Hoover and represents Alabama’s 6th Congressional District. Mr. Palmer attended the University of Alabama and was the first person on either side of his family to attend college. In addition, he was a walk-on member of the football team under legendary football coach Bear Bryant. After earning a B.S. in Operations Management, he worked in the private sector for 12 years; including nine with two major engineering construction companies, before involvement with Focus on the Family led him to start the Alabama Family Alliance which later became the Alabama Policy Institute. 

Palmer served as President of the Alabama Policy Institute for 24 years. During his tenure, the Alabama Policy Institute became a full-spectrum public policy organization that engaged in virtually all policy issues that affected Alabamians. It is considered the premier conservative think-tank in Alabama.

Palmer also was a founding member of the board of directors of the State Policy Network, an umbrella organization for various state-based think-tanks. He served on the State Policy Network board for six years, the last two as chairman. Leading this broad coalition of policy thinkers gave Palmer exposure and knowledge of policy problems that confront all 50 states. When State Policy Network was founded in 1992, there were fewer than 20 state think-tanks in their network. Today, State Policy Network has 65 member organizations.

Palmer served on four different state commissions on behalf of three different Governors. He was appointed to the Welfare Reform Commission by Governor Fob James. He also served as an advisor to Governor James’ Aerospace, Science and Technology Task Force. He was appointed to the Task Force to Strengthen Alabama Families by Governor Bob Riley, and the Alabama Commission on Improving State Government by Governor Robert Bentley.

In 2014, he was elected to the 114th Congress, having never served in office before. In Congress, Palmer is focused on paying down the national debt by cutting spending; regulatory reform by reducing the number and expense of federal regulations; lowering energy costs and spurring economic growth and job creation by accessing America’s vast energy resources; and replacing Obamacare with a health care plan that puts people back in charge of their health care decisions and that will truly make health care affordable and available; and protecting life in all its forms. Palmer serves on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Subcommittees on Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and Oversight and Investigations. Palmer has also served as the Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee since the 116th Congress. The Republican Policy Committee aims to unite Congressional Republicans on policy and help advise other members of leadership on policy decisions.

Palmer has been a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham since 1993, and he is a Paul Harris Fellow. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Mobile. He and his wife Ann live in Hoover, Alabama where they attend Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. They have three children, Claire, Kathleen and Rob.


Stuart Norton
Roman Shaul
Chesley Payne
Dan Sparks
Judge S. C. Friday
Stuart Norton
Stuart Norton is the Research Coordinator at the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) at the University of Alabama. He joined ACRE in December 2017 after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Norton holds an Alabama real estate license since 2013. His work involves analyzing real estate trends for ACRE. ACRE’s mission is to shape the future of real estate through excellence, teaching, research and service.
Roman Shaul
Roman was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He attended undergraduate, graduate and law school at the University of Alabama. He practiced law in Tuscaloosa for a couple of years then practiced with the Montgomery, Alabama firm of Beasley Allen for 17 years. As a lawyer, Roman had a multi-jurisdictional practice and was licensed to practice law in 8 states and over 35 federal jurisdictions. He has represented individuals, businesses, insurance companies and state governments. In January of 2017, Roman was appointed as a trial judge in Montgomery County. In June of 2018 he became the General Counsel of the Alabama State Bar. He is married to Caroline Thames Shaul and has three daughters, Anne Kingsley (13), Isabel (12) and Thompson (5).
Chesley Payne
Chesley is a Sr. Partner at Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC, Attorneys in Birmingham. He was born in Cleburne County. When Chesley is away from work, he spends most of his time with his wife and two kids. He enjoys providing legal services to property owners – both commercial and residential real estate – and businesses with counsel spanning from corporate contracts to civil litigation. He has continued to assist clients in these areas for the past several years.
Dan Sparks
Dan Sparks is head of Christian & Small’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group. He focuses his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and business litigation involving creditors’ rights, consumer finance, lender liability, commercial contracts, and injunctive relief. Dan represents commercial lenders, debt buyers, corporations, Trustees, individuals and other secured and unsecured creditors in all aspects of commercial litigation, loan workouts, restructurings and closings, asset recovery, foreclosure, and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy. He spends a significant amount of his time representing creditors in all bankruptcy courts in Alabama and the Southeast.
Judge Sherri Friday
Judge Friday is the Judge of Probate, Place 2 for Jefferson County. She graduated from the University of Alabama and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Judge Friday practiced law in Jefferson County, Alabama for 18 years prior to her election as Jefferson County Probate Judge, Place 2 in November, 2006, and re-election in 2012. Judge Friday hears cases involving adult involuntary commitments, adoptions, probate of wills, guardianships and conservatorships, estate and conservator settlements, condemnations, claims against estates, legitimations, name changes and petitions for sale of real estate. She has dockets at both the Birmingham and Bessemer courthouses. Judge Friday is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Probate Judges Association, and the National College of Probate Judges. Judge Friday received the State of Alabama NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Judicial Award in 2010 and completed the Law for Probate Judges Course in 2010 at the University of Alabama Law Center through the Alabama Law Institute.

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Expand your network and participate in knowledge sharing in the most awaited event for land title professionals in Alabama! Explore a haven of creative inspiration at Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook in Birmingham, AL. 

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook
2655 Lane Park Road
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
Phone: 205-414-0505

Hotel Reservations

For registered attendees, a block of rooms has been set aside at the group rate of $289 per night, plus applicable taxes. To make your hotel reservations, call group reservations at (844) 284-3680 and mention LTAAL Annual Conference 2024 or book your room online. The deadline to book at room at the discounted rate is Monday, August 5, 2024. After this date or once the block is full, reservations and room rates are based on the hotel’s availability.


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