J. Turnipseed

(Phone) 251-405-1300

(Office) 251-405-1311

(Direct) Fax: 251-432-6843


Areas of Practice:

J. Robert Turnipseed

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 Robert's practice focuses primarily in the areas of taxation and tax planning, trusts and estates, tax controversies (state and federal), business succession planning, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, and probate. He joined the firm as a partner in 2011. He is a 1993 graduate of Auburn University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communication. Robert received his law degree in 1996 from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and thereafter received an L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law, graduating with High Honors. He served as a law clerk for Justice Reneau Almon of the Alabama Supreme Court in 1996, and has been in private practice since 1997. 

Robert currently serves as Council Director for the Section of Taxation for the American Bar Association (“ABA”), having been appointed the position in 2019. He is the Past Chair for the Closely Held Business Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation, and has been a speaker or panel participant both locally and nationally on a variety of tax and business planning topics. Robert is the Immediate Past Chair for the Alabama State Bar Association Tax Section. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Mobile and is a current member and past Vice Chair of the Probate Section of the Mobile Bar Association. He is also a member of Class 6 of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum (2009) and was recognized as a 'Rising Star' by Alabama Super Lawyers in 2011. 

Robert was inducted into the Fellows of the American Bar Association in 2015.  In 2019, he was elected to the American College of Tax Counsel (“ACTC”), which is a national association of tax lawyers who have been recognized by their peers as making an exceptional contribution to the tax profession. 

Robert is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Mississippi and Alabama, as well as the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Professional Affiliations


Speeches, Presentations and Seminars

Awards and Recognition

Robert is active in the local community, including serving as former board member of the St. Luke’s Episcopal School Board of Trustees and as general counsel of Victory Health Partners, a local nonprofit health care provider serving uninsured adults in Southwest Alabama. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ransom Ministries, which provides job training for low income residents in the Mobile area. Robert currently serves as an Elder for Covenant Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama.

Awards and Recognition


The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

L.L.M. in Taxation, 2006

Graduated with High Honors

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Juris Doctorate, 1996

Student Materials Editor, The American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Bachelor of Arts, June 1993

Major: English (Concentration in Technical and Professional Editing)

Member, Order of Omega (1992-1993)

Admitted In:

Alabama, 1996

Mississippi, 1997

U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1997

U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1997

U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1997

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Alabama, 1997

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Alabama, 1997

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Alabama, 1997

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1997

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1997