John B. Holmes, III
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John’s Profile

John is the Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice. He represents management and advises clients in a wide variety of EEO and labor and employment matters, including cases arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 1981, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act and other analogous state discrimination and tort laws. He represents clients engaged in OFCCP audits and Department of Labor investigations. John has experience in litigating and providing advice relating to the enforceability of employment agreements and non-compete agreements.

He also represents companies in a variety of administrative matters, including Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) enforcement actions, miner discrimination and temporary reinstatement claims, MSHA special investigations and MSHA and OSHA investigations of workplace accidents. He offers consultation services to employers who are drafting or updating employment handbooks and policies, and he provides training to employers on a variety of topics, most notably on administering the FMLA and requests for reasonable accommodations under the ADA.

John has successful jury trial experience in both state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as experience in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of clients. In addition, he has successfully litigated numerous MSHA enforcement actions and labor and employment arbitrations.

His skills and accomplishments as an employment lawyer and litigator are recognized nationally, including his recognition by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Labor & Employment. He was named to the Benchmark Litigation 2016 and 2017 “Under 40 Hot List”, an elite accolade honoring the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners who are 40 years old or younger. John is also listed in The Best Lawyers In America© for Litigation: Labor and Employment, as well as Employment Law: Management, and he is included in Super Lawyers in the areas of Employment & Labor Law and Energy and Natural Resources.

“John is fantastic. He knows his stuff and seems to be a tireless advocate for us. He doesn’t waste time, he is to the point, he is client-friendly, good at listening and helping us to proceed. ” — Client Testimonial

John’s Awards

  • Chambers USA, Up-and-Coming Practitioner in Labor & Employment (2017 and 2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation: Labor and Employment (2015-present); Employment Law: Management (2016 – present); Workers’ Compensation Law: Employers (2018)
  • Benchmark Litigation “Under 40 Hot List” (2016, 2017)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employment and Labor Law (2016-present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Employment & Labor (2011-2012); Labor & Employment (2015); Energy & Natural Resources (2015)
  • Birmingham Business Journal’s “Rising Star Lawyers” (2016)

John’s Affiliations & Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • Alabama Coal Association

John’s Speaking Engagements

10/26/18: “Administering Leave Under the ADA and FMLA: Tips and Tools,” 64th Annual Human Resources Management Conference (Birmingham, AL)

CONTACT
T 205.254.1107
F 205.254.1999
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Assistant
Melissa Davis
Paralegal
Lisa Johnston
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama, Texas
U.S. District Court:Alabama(Northern, Middle, Southern)
U.S. Court of Appeals:Eleventh Circuit
EDUCATION
Vanderbilt University Law School (2002, J.D., Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Articles Editor; Moot Court Board Member)
University of the South (Sewanee) (1999, B.A., cum laude)
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