ATLANTA -- The entire bond department of Birmingham-based Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal, one of Alabama's oldest law practices, recently left that firm to form a new law practice.

The bond lawyers were part of a group of 24 lawyers who quietly packed up and left the 104-year-old firm over the Labor Day weekend to set up Walston, Stabler, Wells, Anderson & Bain, said Robert H. Walston, a former bond lawyer at Cabaniss and the senior partner at the new firm.

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