Celebrating 100 Years

Spain & Gillon was founded in 1912 by Phares Coleman, who left his practice in Montgomery to come to Birmingham with just one insurance company as a client, USF&G. In 1919, Frank E. Spain became a partner with the firm, practicing corporate law. In 1925, John W. Gillon became a Partner with the firm, specializing in real estate, title and estate planning. From these roots, Spain & Gillon has grown to become a full service law firm representing clients across nearly every industry.


The names under which the Firm has practiced since its inception are:


Coleman & Coleman   (1912-1919)

Coleman, Coleman & Spain   (1919-1920)

Coleman, Coleman, Spain & Fisk   (1920-1922)

Coleman, Coleman, Spain & Stewart   (1922-1932)

Coleman, Spain, Stewart & Davies   (1932-1945)

Spain, Gillon, Grooms & Young   (1945-1953)

Spain, Gillon & Young   (1953-1965)

Spain, Gillon, Riley, Tate & Ansley   (1966-1972)

Spain, Gillon, Riley, Tate & Etheredge   (1972 – 1984)

Spain, Gillon, Tate, Grooms & Blan   (1984-1990)

Spain, Gillon, Grooms, Blan & Nettles   (1990-1996)

Spain & Gillon, L.L.C.  (1996-Present)