One on One: Yawanna McDonald and Todd Coder

The power of music and community drove the conversation during this month’s One on One between attorney Yawanna McDonald and music promoter and ticketing company executive Todd Coder.

Sept One on OnePhotos by Beau Gustafson

McDonald is an associate in Campbell Guin’s business torts, corporate litigation, and trial practice. Prior to law school, McDonald worked as an environmental consultant where she focused on aiding her clients in achieving environmental compliance. Her prior technical background and experiences, with an unusual path to becoming a lawyer, allow her to quickly grasp her clients’ objectives and uniquely approach each client matter.

Today, McDonald’s practice focuses on the areas of commercial and business litigation, trust and estate litigation, and other general litigation matters representing both plaintiffs and defendants. In her trust and estate litigation practice, McDonald represents small to multi-million dollar estates. McDonald understands her clients’ objectives and she works toward those endeavors.

When not tackling legal issues for her clients, McDonald is immersed in her family’s activities. She and her husband, Vernell, remain very active with their children, Peyton, Jeremiah, and Savannah Marie. McDonald also serves her community, acting as a troop leader of Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama since 2011, providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic abuse, and serving as a junior board member of YWCA. She is also an active member of her church, The Worship Center.

Coder has a deep background in the music promotion and talent procurement business. Coder began working as a talent buyer for WorkPlay in 2006, and was instrumental in establishing it as one of the top music and entertainment venues in the nation. He developed an increasingly stellar roster of national acts playing Birmingham and then took that expertise to a startup coastal music festival, the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores.

In 2010, Coder went to work for the ticketing agency, Ticket Biscuit, where he develops the company’s relationships with music venues across the nation. Last year he was one of the organizers behind Cask and Drum, the Birmingham music, beer, and wine festival. The festival is scheduled for Oct. 17 this year in the Avondale section of Birmingham. The festival benefits Magic Moments, the organization dedicated to creating magic moments for children in Alabama with chronically life-threatening medical conditions.

Musical acts for Cask and Drum 2105 include Warren Haynes, Green River Ordinance, Great Peacock, Striking Matches, and The Suffers.


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