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Experienced employment, appellate, and litgation attorney in the Birmingham, Alabama, area. Since I joined Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt in 1994, my practice has grown to cover many legal areas. My labor-and-employment-law work includes employment litigation, discrimination, contracts, drug-free workplaces, drug testing, litigation prevention, employee policies, employee benefits, and ERISA. My practice in the area of election law and constitutional law includes First Amendment free-speech, voting, civil-rights, and religion issues. In addition, I am experienced in general business law, commercial litigation, insurance litigation, arbitration, and other methods of alternative dispute resolution. As the attorney of record in more than eighty appellate cases and more than fifty reported appellate decisions, my record includes challenges over the enforcement of arbitration agreements, discovery and venue disputes, and claims under consumer-credit laws. I have handled fraudulent-misrepresentation, fraudulent-suppression, and negligence claims, as well as derivative and minority-shareholder “squeeze-out” claims. I have also worked on cases concerning the powers of local governmental entities, redistricting, and gerrymandering. I was directly involved in the election-related disputes concerning the 1998 race for Sheriff of Jefferson County, Alabama, the 1996 race for a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge, and the 1994 race for chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. My personal interests include computers, technology, college football, college basketball, and church activities, including teaching children’s Sunday school. I especially enjoy family activities with my wife and children.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 54%
    22 years, 40 cases
  2. Appeals: 25%
    22 years, 100 cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    22 years
  4. Insurance: 1%
    22 years

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Contact info

Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC

800 Shades Creek Parkway
Suite 400
Birmingham, AL, 35209


ALAuthorized to practice law199307/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Brief AwardThe Review of Litigation (University of Texas)1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberWallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt, LLC1994 - Present
Law Clerk to Justice Hugh MaddoxSupreme Court of Alabama1993 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Birmingham Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Appellate Advocacy CommitteeMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Employment Law CommitteeMemberN/A
Federalist SocietyMemberN/A
Christian Legal SocietyMemberN/A
Alabama State BarMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McDermott v. Tabb, 32 So. 3d 1 (Ala. 2009)`Reversed the trial court/Ruling for Appellant
ClimaStor IV, L.L.C. v. Marshall Constr., L.L.C., 4 So. 3d 452 (Ala. 2008)Reversed the trial court/Ruling for Appellant/Arbitration ordered
Wagner v. White, 985 So. 2d 458 (Ala. Civ. App. 2007)Reversed the trial court/Ruling for Appellant
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tex. J. Women & L.Fatherhood & the Law: Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities of Men1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Auburn University, AuburnPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990