Spratling, Benjamin B, III


Ben Spratling is an attorney with Haskell Slaughter & Spratling, LLC. He received his law degree (J.D.) from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his undergraduate degree (B.S., Economics) from Auburn University. He also received a master’s degree (LL.M, Taxation) from the University of Alabama School of Law. Mr. Spratling is a former adjunct instructor of Business Law at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a member of the Sections of Business Law and Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association and, from 2004 to 2012, was the chair of the History and Archives Committee of the Alabama State Bar.

He has served as a member of the Permanent Code Commission of the Alabama State Bar, chairman of the Judicial and Legal Reform Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association, co-chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, a nonvoting member of the Alabama House of Representatives, and a member of the Governing Council of the Alabama Law Institute. He enjoys the highest “Peer Review Rating” from Martindale-Hubbell national attorney rating service and is listed in the current edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

From 1992 to 1994, Spratling was president of the Alabama Genealogical Society (AGS) and continues to serve as legal advisor to AGS. He is the author of the “Court and Legal Records” chapter of Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1998). He is a coordinator and lecturer at IGHR where he has been a member of the faculty since 1992. Mr. Spratling was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) in 2012, served as NGS Vice President from 2014 to 2016, and is the current President of NGS.


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