Decatur attorney Julia Roth honored with Athena International Leadership Award at Women in Business Celebration
On Thursday, Julia Roth, partner in the Decatur law firm of Eyster, Key, Tubb, Roth, Adams & Middleton, was honored with the Athena International Leadership Award at the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce annual Women in Business Celebration at Doubletree by Hilton Decatur Riverfront.
Named for the Greek goddess of wisdom, as well as the champion of justice and law, the Athena Award is presented across the world by Chambers of Commerce, women's organizations and universities. It is an international award program and is promoted by local organizations.
“Julia’s willingness to seek out opportunities to serve is a great testament to her spirit and what she values in our community,” said John Seymour, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber. “Her example as both a generous leader in our city and in her profession is a great example of why she was selected. Her quiet confidence has benefited people of all walks of life. Decatur and Morgan County are better due to her service and leadership.”
A native of Fort Benning, Ga., and born into a U.S. Army family, Roth joined Eyster Key in 2008 and focuses in the areas of environmental product liability, contracts, antitrust, probate, divorce and family law. Prior to her move to Decatur, she served as a partner at White Dunn & Booker in Birmingham, Ala., where her areas of expertise included federal multidistrict litigation, probate and general civil litigation in the field of healthcare. In Decatur and north Alabama, Roth has served in leadership roles in a variety of non-profit organizations. She currently serves as board chairman for the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, as well as having served as chair of the search committee for the recently hired executive director; board member of the United Way of Morgan County; board member of the Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation; a charter member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council; former secretary of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, among many others. In serving in a professional capacity, Roth has served on the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Committee, member of the State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, served as a Jefferson County (Ala.) conservator and guardian for more than 300 wards, and served as a Court Appointed Indigent Defense Counsel.
Roth was selected to receive the Athena Leadership Award from community nominees. The award spotlights those who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business profession, provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assists women in realizing their full leadership potential.
Past winners of the Chamber's Athena International Leadership Award include Dr. Cathy Hansberry (1992), Shirley Hammond (1993), Dorothy Schwuchow (1994), Betty Vaughan (1995), Betty Sims (1996), Trudy Grisham (1997), Dot Montgomery (1998), Willa Dockery (1999), Melissa Craig (2000), Jeanne Payne (2011), Gay Blackburn Maloney (2012), Venessa Edmonds (2013), June Odom (2014) and Ashley Ashwander (2015).
Roth graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in American Studies, and a law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. She is married to Nick Roth, has three adult children, three adult step children and four grandchildren. She and her husband live in Decatur.