Leadership Birmingham is a professional organization whose members are committed to building stronger community leaders through education on current issues and challenges facing their region. Through a series of monthly programs designed by experts and past classes/members of the organization, current members explore Birmingham’s critical issues in education, government, health care, social services, diversity, criminal justice, economic development and quality of life. The true impact of Leadership Birmingham is felt through the actions of these members as they use this knowledge to positively influence their communities.
“I am honored and excited to have been given the opportunity to join Leadership Birmingham,” said Penfield. “In working with this group of talented professionals, I intend to become a stronger, more informed, and more impactful member of the Birmingham community.”
To become a member of Leadership Birmingham, one must demonstrate leadership in their current field of work and a commitment to their community. Penfield is a principal at Bressler, representing clients in the areas of immigration, labor and employment, and general litigation. He has been recognized in various publications such as the Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA Guide to ‘America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,’ and Mid-South Super Lawyers. Outside of Bressler, Penfield sits on the board of directors of Opera Birmingham and Workshops Empowerment, Inc., as well as the Norton Board at Birmingham-Southern College.
Penfield received a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College in 1992, a Master of Divinity from Emory University in 1997, a Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology in 2007, and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law in 2009.