NETTIE COHEN BLUME

Nettie - Bar Composite 2011Nettie Cohen Blume has lived in Tuscaloosa all of her life.  She began her career in 1980 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office where she handled not only criminal prosecutions in Circuit, District and Juvenile Courts, but also child support matters for four years.  Her prosecutorial experience has proved invaluable in defending clients charged with crimes in Circuit, District and Municipal Courts, as well as the wide variety of matters that arise in Juvenile Court.  In 1988, Nettie joined her husband in private practice, forming Blume & Blume, Attorneys at Law, P.C.  Mrs. Blume’s practice primarily focuses on trials and appeals of Divorce and Custody, Criminal Defense and Juvenile Court matters.

Nettie understands the unique challenges each of her clients experience while going through a divorce, including not just the legal consequences but also the financial and emotional side effects.  Mrs. Blume always provides her clients with cost-benefit analysis, assessing the legal strengths and weaknesses of a client’s case versus the financial repercussions involved in pursuing a specific matter.  This evaluation includes a discussion of the financial cost of continuing litigation to achieve the desired result, and the emotional toll not only on the client but on the family as a whole.

Focused on the welfare of the children involved in any domestic relations process, Mrs. Blume is a certified Guardian Ad Litem trained to represent the best interest of the children.  During her analysis of those cases involving children, she focuses on the best interests of the children involved and assists her clients in obtaining the best result possible.  Mrs. Blume also represents clients in step-parent and relative adoptions.

While Mrs. Blume is a zealous advocate for her clients and will take a case to trial, she understands that the outcome in many cases should not be determined by a Judge but be determined by the parties.  She uses her skills as a negotiator in mediation and settlement conferences to help her clients reach a settlement whenever possible.

EDUCATION

B.A. in Elementary Education, Goucher College (1972)

J.D., University of Alabama (1980)

PROFESSIONAL AND BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

Alabama State Bar (1980)

Northern District of Alabama (1988)

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1988)

United States Supreme Court (1989)

Tuscaloosa County Bar Association

  • President (2012-2013
  • Vice-President (2011-2012)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (2010-2011)
  • Executive Committee (2- 3-year terms)

Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • District Vice President (2013-present)
  • Award of Merit for Outstanding Representation In a Criminal Case (2007)