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John J. Coleman, III

PH: (205) 458-5167
Fax: (205) 244-5623
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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 seventy-five bench and jury trials, including 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. 

He has also counseled clients regarding regulatory compliance, personnel policies, employee handbooks, union organizing and rulemaking involving the ADA, the FMLA, the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Law of 1992, and various regulations related to drug testing and disability management. He has represented The Business Council of Alabama, the Alab...

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  • Defending various employers successfully in cases defining “direct threat,” “disability,” and “reasonable accommodation” in the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Tried over two dozen cases to defense verdict in employment matters.
  • Obtained summary judgment in over three dozen cases in employment matters.
  • Defended various causation issues in workers’ compensation benefits cases in state appellate courts.


  • “John J. Coleman, III has diligently represented our company for well over a decade.  I have found John to be extremely knowledgeable in labor law and a fierce litigator.  John’s integrity and work ethic is simply beyond reproach.  If you task him with the role of a warrior, he dons the armor and leads the charge.  I would highly recommend John Coleman and Burr Forman if you are seeking a top notch professional who is committed to understanding your business and providing superb counsel.”


  • "John Coleman is very knowledgeable and highly regarded."

    -Best Lawyers 2012

  • "...He has written a lot about Alabama employment law. Probably the leader of the group at Burr & Forman.”

    -Chambers 2012

  • “John Coleman and his team are totally committed to the advocacy of the client’s case, and they leave no stone unturned.  There isn’t an angle in the case that they’re not prepared to defend vigorously.  John brings the highest standards of ethics, thoroughness, legal knowledge, and litigation experience to every matter.”