History

The current McCord Law Firm had its humble beginnings in Albertville, Alabama in 1893. Edgar Oliver McCord passed the bar that year and opened a law practice in the small town located on Sand Mountain. The founding partner also had the added responsibilities of being Mayor of Albertville and the Editor of the local newspaper.

The law firm would probably be located in Albertville today if not for a terrible twist of fate. In 1908, a tornado struck Albertville and destroyed the family home. This tornado killed one of McCord’s sons, severely injured his wife and also injured his young son, Roy Davis McCord, later a member of this firm. The home was subsequently rebuilt but Rena, Mr. McCord’s wife, refused to move into the new home. Thereafter, the McCords moved to Gadsden.

In 1920, Roy Davis McCord passed the Alabama Bar Exam and joined his father in the practice of law. The firm was initially named McCord & Son and thereafter called McCord & McCord. The McCords practiced law together until Mr. E.O.’s death in 1943.

Edgar Oliver McCord, or Mr. E.O. as everyone called him, was known as the Attorney for the People.

Roy Davis McCord ran a solo practice until 1955 when he associated Ludger. D Martin, an up and coming young attorney. They practiced law together until the middle 1960′s. This firm was known as McCord and Martin. In later years, Ludger became “Of Counsel” with the firm.

In 1982, Roy O. McCord joined his father, Roy Davis McCord in the practice of law. In early 1984, Roy Davis retired. His younger son, John Davis McCord joined the firm in September 1984. This firm, from 1982 until 1988, was known as McCord & McCord.

Roy Davis McCord passed away in 1985 and is probably the most famous member of this law firm. He served as bar commissioner for 25 years. He knew presidents and was heavily involved in politics. In the 1950′s and 1960′s, it was been reported that he had one half of all cases filed in the courts of Etowah County. Amazing! There were anywhere between 70 and 80 attorneys in Etowah County during this time period.

Roy Oliver McCord, John Davis McCord and Charles D. Martin (the son of Ludger) agreed to form a law firm in 1988. They named the firm McCord & Martin in honor of their fathers. Charles remained a member of the firm until his untimely death in 2006.

In 2009, Catherine McCord Bailey joined the firm. She is the great granddaughter of E.O. McCord and a fourth generation attorney.

Roy Oliver McCord and Catherine McCord Bailey formed the current firm in 2016.