Carla Cole Gilmore
150 South Perry Street (36104)
Post Office Box 2069 (36102)
J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law, 1995
B.S., summa cum laude, The University of Alabama, 1991
Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Alabama
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
United States Tax Court
Honors and Awards
The Best Lawyers in America - Employment Law- Individuals; Employment Law Management
Editor, Alabama Law Review
Secretary, Student Government Association
Jessup International Moot Court Team
John A. Campbell Moot Court Board
Baxter Award for Best Brief submitted in 1995 Jessup International Moot Court Competition
Carla concentrates her practice in the areas of labor and employment law, commercial litigation, and probate and estate litigation. She regularly advises clients of all sizes on federal and state employment laws, including employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, employee leave policies, wage and hour issues, unemployment compensation claims, employment policies and procedures, and non-competition/non-solicitation agreements. Carla assists employers with daily personnel issues, including the hiring, discipline, and termination of employees and the development and implementation of employee policies and handbooks. Carla has represented clients in cases filed in federal and state courts and in proceedings before various state administrative agencies, and she is experienced in defending charges before the EEOC. Carla frequently presents materials on a variety of employment-related topics at seminars for clients and human resources professionals.
In addition to studying business during the pursuit of her undergraduate degree, Carla studied business law and tax law while in law school. Given her training and interest in business and tax law, she also assists clients with commercial litigation, business dispute resolution, and trust and estate litigation. Carla has experience representing clients in income and estate tax cases before the United States Tax Court and the Alabama Department of Revenue. Carla has also successfully argued an income tax appeal before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Carla actively volunteers at her daughter’s school. She is a member of First United Methodist Church where she serves in various volunteer capacities.
Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities
Alabama State Bar
Montgomery County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program
First United Methodist Church, Member and Volunteer
Former Board Member, Junior League of Montgomery
Other Professional Experience
Associate and Shareholder, Gilpin Givhan, PC (August 1995 - April 2015)
Q & A
How are you involved in your community?
I volunteer in various capacities at my church and at my daughter’s school. During the recent school year, I served as the chair of our school’s largest fall fundraiser. I also served as a judge at the state debate tournament hosted by our school. I was appointed to sit on the Staff Parish Relations Committee at First United Methodist Church in June 2017. My term will expire in June 2020. This committee handles all personnel matters for the church.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
One of my favorite things about my practice is that no client matter I undertake is exactly the same. Whether it be an employment matter for a business client or a family dispute over an estate planning document, I am always confronted with new and different facts. I enjoy this variety and “newness” and the attendant opportunity to formulate creative ways to assist clients.