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John J. Coleman, III

PH: (205) 458-5167
Fax: (205) 244-5623
Email: John
PH: (205) 458-5114
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A former chair and member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law section, John’s trial experience includes the successful defense as lead counsel of banking, utility, automotive, manufacturing and food service industry employers in over 100 bench and jury trials.

John's experience includes one of the first Americans With Disabilities Act cases tried to a jury in Alabama, two of the first ADA cases in the state in which a jury returned a defense verdict based on the absence of an ADA disability, one of the first ADA verdicts for the employer in a mixed motive case, and one of the first ADA harassment cases nationwide.

John's litigation experience spans over several different areas and industries. His OSHA litigation includes the successful defense of willful citations to a nuclear plant, multiple fatality cases involving the Milwaukee Brewers’ dome’s construction and truck terminals and manufacturing facilities in Chicago, Dallas, rural Louisiana, and the Mobile, Alabama, area, and various warrant and citation proceedings throughout the state. Related litigation involves workplace violence, and whistleblower defense. Class actions include the successful defense at trial of a retiree class action and defeat of cl...

  • Defending various employers successfully in cases defining “direct threat,” “disability,” and “reasonable accommodation” in the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Tried over 100 cases in employment matters.
  • Obtained summary judgment in over four dozen cases in employment matters.
  • Defended numerous employers in administrative decisions including successful R and C cases under the National Labor Relations Act (including one hybrid case in which the NLRB found ULPs but declined to set aside an election voting down the union).
  • Received a favorable decision setting aside OSHA “willful” citations involving asbestos at a nuclear plant.
  • Received a favorable decision in a confined spaces case obtaining a disposition after hearing that reduced numerous repeat violations and $128,000 in fines to less than $8,000.
  • Arbitration decisions include labor decisions rejecting individual discharge grievances and one contract interpretation decision allowing the installation of a production line without seniority bidding for positions.

What is your favorite thing about the law?
It offers limitless intellectually challenging ways to be of service to others.

What was your first job?
Drink opener at Gus’s Hot Dogs in Crestline.

What are your hobbies?
Tennis and writing.

What advice would you give to a young student in law school?
Work hard, be honest, give back.


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