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Elizabeth B. Shirley

Elizabeth B. Shirley

PH: (205) 458-5186
Fax: (205) 244-5705
Email: Elizabeth
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PH: (205) 458-5272
Elizabeth 's practice includes commercial litigation, franchise litigation, intellectual property, governmental investigations and enforcement; civil rights and family law.  Elizabeth represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad array of business and personal disputes.

She has represented companies, including healthcare entities, private equity firms, automotive dealerships and manufacturers, investment banking firms, municipalities, lending institutions, accounting firms, and start-up companies.  She has also represented individuals in business disputes, intellectual property matters, and divorce.  Prior to entering private practice, Elizabeth clerked for the Honorable U.W. Clemon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

  • Represented Fortune 500 company in franchise dispute against franchisor, which went to a jury trial.
  • Represented accounting firm in accounting and breach of fiduciary disputes with former partners.
  • Represented companies in disputes with software developers over nature and quality of software, as well as full access to software functionalities.
  • Represented company against former investment banking firm and former auditing firm for fraud, malpractice and breach of contract.
  • Represented companies in commercial collection actions.
  • Represented financial institutions in suits by consumers alleging violations of federal and state laws.
  • Represented municipality in defense of 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 brutality claims, as well as state law claims, which went to jury and bench trials.
  • Represented minority ownership interests in attempted (failed) squeeze-out, which went to a bench trial.
  • Represented private equity company in dispute over control, which went to arbitration hearing.

Why do you practice at Burr & Forman LLP
Burr & Forman is a full-service law firm, and its lawyers are good lawyers and good people. It is a relatively large law firm, which is a great strength because when I need a lawyer with expertise outside of my own, one of my colleagues can help. At the same time, our lawyers have good working relationships with each other and our clients, so Burr & Forman is also a close-knit and caring firm.

What do you do in your spare time?
I spend as much time possible with my family and taking care of them. It's difficult to balance work and family, but I have been able to do it since I began working at Burr & Forman in 2001 after my judicial clerkship.


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