A skilled legal professional who holds a juris doctor from the University of Alabama, Edgar Gentle has been a partner with the Birmingham law firm of Gentle, Turner, Sexton & Harbison since 1992. The bulk of his duties revolve around serving local courts as an appointed special master and settlement administrator. Edgar Gentle holds active membership in the Academy of Court Appointed Masters (ACAM).
An authority in the standards and methodologies of court-appointed special masters, the ACAM spearheads industry initiatives. The organization’s ACAM Benchbook is an invaluable reference for judges and lawyers who seek guidance regarding the best professional uses for special masters.
More than 200 pages in length, the ACAM Benchbook has three main purposes. First, it strives to help officials decide if and when they should appoint a master. Second, if they do opt to appoint a master, the Benchbook can help them draft an effective appointment order. Finally, the Benchbook can help concerned parties anticipate and contend with the many ethical issues and practical concerns that often occur during the course of special master work.