Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C.

Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C.

Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C.

Firm Overview

Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C., is committed to providing legal counsel and representation consistent with the highest standards of excellence.

The firm's values are rooted in the tradition established by our founding partners more than a century ago. These values integrity, professionalism and devotion to clients' needs guide the attorneys in their service to clients and to the Decatur /Morgan County community.

The firm's team of attorneys combines decades of experience with dedication to achieve the legal goals of every individual, government and corporate client throughout Northern Alabama.

Harris, Caddell & Shanks adheres strictly to these standards. The firm's reputation and clients depend on it.

Serving the legal needs of Decatur and Hartselle; Morgan, Lawrence, Limestone and Madison counties; and all of Northern Alabam

Main Office

Main Office
P. O. Box 2688
214 Johnston St., SE
Decatur AL 35601





The firm's corporate practice ranges from complex acquisition and financing transactions to routine corporate matters. The firm represents numerous corporations in varying businesses, including manufacturing, insurance, construction, health care, automotive, transportation, retail and news media. The corporate attorneys are intimately involved with all phases of their clients' operations.

Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C., advises clients in all matters related to their business operation, including entity selection, formation and operation of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other business and nonprofit organizations. The attorneys assist clients in the negotiation and preparation of merger and acquisition agreements, sales contracts, buy-sell and shareholder agreements, employment agreements (including covenants not to compete and nondisclosure agreements), financing and security agreements, leases, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, and deferred-compensation and retirement plans. In addition to business entities, the firm has assisted nonprofit clients and governmental entities with various business and taxation issues, including qualification under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Employers count on the firm to draft employment agreements, employee handbooks and policies, create compensation and profit-sharing plans, and advise them on employee benefit plans, ERISA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and other emerging legislation affecting their businesses.

The firm's tax experts aid corporate clients in discovering and implementing tax credits and incentives and provide a strategic review of business operations to determine tax advantages.

Thomas A. Caddell

Harris, Caddell & Shanks, P.C.

Tom Caddell is a native of Decatur and has practiced with the firm since 1960. His practice focuses on commercial real estate matters and general corporate representation.

Tom Caddell's four decades of legal practice have afforded him particular expertise in commercial and residential real estate development and title insurance matters. He regularly represents developers, lenders and investors involved in commercial development transactions. He also regularly represents banks and other financial institutions in all types of commercial and real estate loan transactions, as well as real estate acquisitions and dispositions. Tom has also assisted several large manufacturing companies with the acquisition of real estate and facilities for use in their operations in North Alabama.

Practice Areas

Real Estate
Commercial Law
Corporate Law and Business Planning
Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1960
U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama

University of Alabama School of Law, 1960
University of Alabama, A.B., 1958
Phi Alpha Delta
Professional Associations

Alabama State Bar
Morgan County Bar Association, President 1974-1975
Civic Activities and Other Experiences

Decatur Kiwanis Club
Decatur Morgan County Chamber of Commerce