J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1993

A.B., with distinction, University of Michigan, 1989

Bar Admissions:

Alabama, 1995

Illinois, 1994

Admitted to Practice

Supreme Court of Alabama

Supreme Court of Illinois

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Judicial Clerkship

U.S. District Court Judge W. Harold Albritton, III (Aug. 1994 - Aug. 1995)

U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller (Dec. 2002 - Oct. 2011)

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America - Labor & Employment Litigation; Employment Law - Management; Employment Law - Individuals

Best Lawyers - Montgomery Labor & Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021

Best Lawyers - Woman Lawyer of the Year, 2016

Super Lawyers - Employment & Labor

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating Award

Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit

Carl Gussin Memorial Prize (Outstanding Clinical Student)

Campbell Moot Court Competition Quarter and Semi-Finalist

Best Oralist Award

  • Handles lead-counsel responsibility for large or complex cases from pretrial through appeal
  • Repeatedly obtains favorable rulings on key motions
  • Draws upon years of experience attained at the side of local federal judges to help clients formulate strategies for successful resolution of litigation
  • Uses oral advocacy to effectively obtain desired result
  • Advises clients
  • Drafts or revises personnel policies and employee handbooks
  • Conducts investigations
  • Mediates disputes

Recent Trials:

Mercer v. ALDOT, obtained defense verdict after a four-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the N.D. Ala (2019)

Perry v. Alabama ABC Board, obtained defense verdict after a four-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the M.D. Ala (2017)

Representative Cases:

Abrams, et al.  v. Stroud, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Securities Fraud

Bailey v. DAS North America, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Constructions Materials, Inc. v. Christopher Hatcher, (M.D. Ala.) – Non-Compete Agreement Litigation

Crum, et al. v. State of Alabama, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment class action

Duncan v. State of Alabama, (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Employment

Grant v. Office of the Attorney General, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Green v. Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Constitutional Litigation

Green v. Graham, (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Constitutional Litigation

Green v. Mobis Alabama, LLC et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Hollon v. DAS North America, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

IMO US Development LLC v. Triple C Development Inc., (N.D. Ala.) – Business Litigation

Iverson v. City of Montgomery, (M.D. Ala.) – Constitutional Litigation

Leach v. Guardian Credit Union, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Leberman v. Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

McDade v. Alabama Dep’t of Transportation, (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

McDill v. Alabama Board of Pardons & Paroles, et al., (M.D. Ala.) – Employment

Mercer v. Alabama Dep’t of Transportation (N.D. Ala.) – Employment

McKitt v. Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Bd., (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Employment

Perry, et al. Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Bd., (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Employment

Powell v. Doane, (M.D. Ala.) – Constitutional Litigation

Smith v. Alabama Office of Attorney General, et al., (M.D. Ala. & 11th Cir.) – Employment

Publications and Lectures

Same Sex and the City: What the Municipal Employer Needs to Know about the Supreme Court's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Sept. 2015 Alabama Municipal Journal, Vol. 73, Number 2

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter, Master Bencher

Montgomery Education Foundation, Advisory Board Member

Boy Scouts of America, Merit Badge Instructor, Troop Advancement Chair, Explorer Post Leader

2014 and 2015 Ecunchatee District Friends of Scouting Campaign Chair

Leadership Montgomery Legacy Program, Graduate, Class XXXII

Women In Training, Board President (2019-2020)

Other Professional Experience


Adjunct Professor of Law