Areas of Practice
  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    JD, 1977
    Omicron Delta Kappa; Editor, The Journal of the Legal Profession

  • Oxford University, England
    MA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 1975
    Rhodes Scholar

  • Duke University
    BA, cum laude, 1972
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama
  • District of Columbia
Michael Waters
Suite 1100
420 20th St N
Birmingham, AL 35203
205.244.5210 tel
205.244.5410 fax

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Michael Waters is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. He focuses on issues facing banks, financial institutions, and other financial-services entities. 

Mike has practiced corporate and securities law, primarily in the financial institutions area, for more than 30 years. He routinely represents banks, bank holding companies, and other financial entities in acquisitions, capital raising transactions, SEC and shareholder issues, new bank formations, and board fiduciary duty issues. He has advised buyers and sellers in approximately 110 bank mergers and acquisitions, ranging from small community banks to the acquisition of a $34 billion holding company. Mike also advises banks regarding regulatory issues, examinations, compliance, and enforcement proceedings.

Since 1994, Mike has served as an adjunct professor of law at The University of Alabama School of Law, where he taught banking law for 20 years and currently teaches corporate mergers and acquisitions. He speaks frequently at seminars and has written numerous law review articles on banking and securities. He is the author of Proxy Regulation, published in 1992 by the Practising Law Institute.

Mike served as legal advisor to Governor Fob James of Alabama from January 1979 to July 1980.


  • Chambers USA,Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory (listed annually since 2013)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Banking and Securities & Corporate Finance (listed annually since 2008)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Financial Services Regulation Law (listed annually since 1995)
  • Birmingham Magazine, "Top Attorneys," Banking Law, Birmingham (2012)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell  
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Banking (2017) 




  • "Subordinated Debt - An Acquisition Funding Alternative", August 12, 2016
  • "Common Issues Facing Boards of Directors in Today’s Banking Environment", February 18, 2016, Auburn University Bank Directors' College
  • "Bank M&A Update" Seminar, October 15, 2015
  • "Bank M&A Update" Seminar, October 13, 2015
  • "Merger of Equals" Seminar, October 15, 2014
  • Jones Walker to Host "Avoiding Vendor Management Issues" Seminar, August 2013



  • Alabama Law Foundation, Board of Governors (2018)
  • Alabama Citizens Constitutional Commission, Governor Bob Riley, Member (2003)
  • Alabama Law Institute, Member; Task Force on the Revised Alabama Uniform Securities Act, Chairman (2004-2005)
  • Alabama State Bar, Task Force on Admissions, Chairman (2003-2006); Task Force on Bar Examinations (1997)
  • Alabama State Board of Bar Examiners, Chairman (1991-1994); Member (1987-1994)
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar