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Kira Yalon Fonteneau

Employment and labor Attorney at Birmingham, AL

4.5   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 16 years
    Virginia - VA 17 years
    Alabama - AL 18 years
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2007
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State AL
    Acquired 2005
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Kira

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Kira Fonteneau was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law. In 2005, Kira began her legal career in Birmingham. Ms. Fonteneau is Licensed to practice law in Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia, but focuses her practice in Alabama. From 2013 until 2016 Kira served as Jefferson County’s first Public Defender. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Fonteneau maintained an active practice focusing in criminal defense, employment law, and other civil litigation.  She currently serves on the Birmingham Bar Association’s Executive Committee, The Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners and the American Diabetes Association’s National Legal Advocacy Subcommittee.


Fonteneau & Arnold LLC
2151 Highland Avenue, Suite 110
Birmingham, AL, 35205


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Posted by Sarah | May 19, 2010
Very Accomodating
Kira Fonteneau is an excellent attorney. She was very professional and took care to explain any legal terms that I had questions about. While my case is still pending, I would reccomend her to anyone in need of legal services. She has a great concern for the community and the problems that affect it. She has gone above ad beyond the call of duty.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Seems fair.
Consulted with attorney's assistant. Courteous and professional. Would recommend to a friend who needs assistance with employment related issues.


  • Contingency 33%-50%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Fonteneau Firm LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Fonteneau Firm, LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • The Jefferson County Public Defender's Office
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC , Brooks & Smith, LLC
  • 2005 - 2006
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  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Virginia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sonia Thomas v. City of Birmingham
  • Jury Verdict in Favor of Plaintiff
  • State of Alabama v. Marcus Reed
  • Not Guilty Verdict
  • State of Alabama v. Daryl Dixon
  • Hung Jury


  • Alabama State Bar
  • Bar Commissioner
  • 2014 - Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Executive Council
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Executive Council
  • 2009 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (0)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Leader in the field of employment law. Every time I have a chance to hear Kira speak, I'm listening carefully. She is a brilliant and a leader in our field. Highly endorse."
Civil rights Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Kira is an amazing lawyer who will always fight her hardest for all of her clients. She has the passion and dedication to take on any case, and she is willing to do anything to fight for her client's rights."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Prior to taking on the role of Public Defender of Jefferson County, Kira and I have worked together on discrimination matters through NELA-Alabama. Her insight, tenacity, and diligence make her one of the best attorneys in Alabama."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Long before I knew Kira, I knew of her reputation as one of the best criminal lawyers in Jefferson County. She is currently the head of the Public Defenders Office and deservedly so. I am proud to know her as an attorney, and as a person."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kira possesses the knowledge and drive to skillfully represent her clients. Labor law is an ever changing field that requires an attorney who is dedicated to that are of practice. Hire Kira before your opponent does."
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Birmingham Employment and labor Lawyer Kira Yalon Fonteneau
Kira Yalon Fonteneau
Employment and labor Attorney
Birmingham, AL
Licensed for 18 years