Paul Compton

Paul is a founding partner of Compton Jones Dresher. The law practice, comprised of experienced lawyers, primarily serves clients in the real estate, financial services and banking industries — providing legal advice and support for the transactions and operations that are key to them.


Compton Jones Dresher’s modern, nimble, firm structure enables Paul and his colleagues to bring a low-overhead approach to the practice of law — focusing closely on the needs of each client, while offering a level of practice sophistication commonly associated with “BigLaw” firms.


Paul concentrates his practice on: 1) Multi-family housing, as well as affordable housing and community development matters — especially those involving low income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits, historic tax credits and opportunity zone investments. 2) Regulatory and growth & expansion activities of financial institutions — including merger and acquisition activity, enforcement matters, and development of new products.


Over his 30+-year career, Paul has participated in hundreds of transactions —in Alabama and nationwide — including a number of landmark and first-of-a-kind transactions. Paul is intimately familiar with the regulatory issues affecting financial institutions. Moreover, his tenure as a senior federal official in Washington, D.C. gives him special perspective on the challenges facing regulated entities.

After working with a large Birmingham firm for 21 years, Haskins Jones started his own firm in 2013 — enabling him to provide greater personal focus to his clients and their needs and affording him more flexibility in structuring alternative fee arrangements; two practice advantages he enjoys today as a founding partner of Compton Jones Dresher.


Haskins has over two decades of experience practicing commercial and general corporate law, with an emphasis on finance and commercial real estate, including healthcare and senior living properties. With his extensive real estate experience, Haskins offers clients a broad knowledge of industry best practices and market terms and conditions.


Haskins regularly counsels lenders, borrowers, buyers, sellers, tenants, investors and developers in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions. He provides general corporate and business law advice to small and mid-size companies.


Prior to forming his own firm, Haskins was a partner in the Birmingham firm Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP — where, in addition to his law practice, he served on the firm’s management committee for many years.

Haskins Jones

Dave is a founding partner of Compton Jones Dresher, and has practiced more than 35 years across the full range of issues that impact real estate interests and financial institutions. He has been a trusted advisor, offering a combination of technical skills, can-do attitude and the ability to bring matters to successful conclusion. He frequently finds himself in the board room guiding important decisions from a legal and practical standpoint.


Dave concentrates his practice on: 1) Real-estate related transactions, representing owners, developers and managers; 2) Bank representations including commercial and real estate lending, workouts and other bank regulatory and operational issues; and 3) representation of family-owned businesses.

Dave Dresher

Vaughn McWilliams specializes in general business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and real estate finance. He represents lenders and developers in a variety of commercial real estate transactions, including senior housing, medical office, self-storage, multi-family, and tax credit financing.


Vaughn also represents clients on the purchase and sale of closely-held businesses, including professional practices.


Prior to moving to Birmingham, Vaughn worked for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources in the areas of water rights litigation and water infrastructure financing and construction.


Vaughn graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996, and is a 2003 graduate of The University of Colorado Law School.

Vaughn McWilliams

Lesley DeRamus

Lesley DeRamus’s practice involves helping financial institutions navigate and manage compliance with regulatory requirements. For over 30 years, she’s advised various types of financial institutions on compliance and regulatory issues — including federal and state banks, finance companies, and mortgage lenders and servicers. Lesley’s practice also includes advising clients in connection with numerous laws and regulations affecting their financial services businesses, as well as state regulations and industry guidance and rules.


Lesley helps clients with compliance issues related to product and service agreements, notices and disclosures, policies and procedures, product development and implementation, regulatory examinations, complaint responses, advertising disclosures and error correction. She regularly counsels clients on regulatory requirements and risk issues involved with vendor contracts. She also works with clients on questions related to electronic banking; calling and messaging requirements; and payments issues.


In addition, Lesley has significant experience with regulatory complaints, consumer disputes and enforcement actions.

J.R. Davidson concentrates his practice on real estate and tax matters related to commercial real estate, especially those involving low income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits, historic tax credits, and opportunity zone investments — as well as general corporate, company and partnership matters, and commercial transactions.


Admitted to the Alabama bar in 2014, J.R. began practice with a large southeastern firm in 2015, where he concentrated on timberland acquisitions.  Immediately prior to joining Compton Jones Dresher, J.R. was associate counsel for a global automobile manufacturer — where he focused on real estate and general transactional matters.

J.R. Davidson, Jr.

Carrie’s practice involves a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including real estate finance and development, commercial lending, bank regulation, general corporate law and capital market activities. 

She has represented developers, financial institutions and equity investors in a variety of real estate transactions, including low-income housing tax credit (Internal Revenue Code Sec. 42) and historic tax credit transactions. She has assisted financial institutions in a variety of regulatory matters, including those relating to the growth of banks and the development of new financial products. Additionally, she has experience representing various parties in transactions involving marketable securities.

Carrie received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law.

Caroline L. Powell

Lisa concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial real estate and related corporate matters with particular emphasis on purchase and sale transactions, commercial leasing and real estate development.   Over the past twenty years, Lisa has acquired extensive experience in her commercial real estate practice with a unique emphasis on real estate matters related to healthcare providers through her representation of hospitals, physician groups and numerous assisted living and nursing homes providers. Lisa also regularly assists sellers, buyers, developers, landlords and tenants in the acquisition, sale, lease and development of commercial real estate.


Admitted to the Alabama bar in 1998, Lisa began her practice at a long-established Birmingham law firm where she remained for twenty-two years before joining Compton Jones Dresher.

Lisa H. Dorough