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Marcel Debruge
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Marcel L. Debruge

PH: (205) 458-5263
Fax: (205) 244-5625
Email: Marcel
PH: (205) 458-5320
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PH: (205) 458-5214

Marcel is the Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group.  He focuses his practice on representing management in all aspects of Labor & Employment law, including litigation before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Marcel’s practice embraces a variety of matters relating to wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, employment discrimination and labor relations. Marcel also handles violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act and regularly counsels clients on disability matters.  He litigates the enforcement of employment contracts, restrictive covenants, such as covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements.

Marcel advises clients regarding FLSA compliance and has defended a number of FLSA lawsuits, including collective action litigation. He has substantial experience with arbitration of employment disputes, matters falling within the jurisdiction of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and litigation before administrative agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Occupational Safety and Health Commission.

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Honors & Awards


  • Obtained summary judgment on natural origin, race, gender discrimination, and retaliation claims brought by former employee against automotive supplier.
  • Successful Decertification of Union for paper company; Represented company in all facets of decertification, including successful defense of unfair labor practice charges; represented company in all facets of decertification, including successful defense of unfair labor practice charges
  • Defense of pregnancy discrimination and FMLA retaliation claims against large technology company; obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims
  • Defense of retaliation suit filed against automotive supplier by the U.S. EEOC; successfully obtained summary judgment dismissal of all claims.


  • "Marcel Debruge is an outstanding lawyer. He is highly trusted and respected."

    -Best Lawyers 2012

  • "Marcel Debruge is an excellent adviser and counselor. We look to Marcel to understand not just what we have the right to do, but what the right thing is to do."

    -Best Lawyers 2012

  • "Marcel Debruge works very hard for his clients. He is someone you can count on in a crisis."

    -Best Lawyers 2012

  • “I know him and I have tremendous amount of respect for him. He is fairly active in automotive…"

    -Chambers 2012

Speaking Engagements

March 14, 2014
LEAP Seminar: Social Media and Labor and Employment Law

Burr and Forman attorney's Marcel Debruge and John Coleman will both speak at the March 14th LEAP Seminar in Las Vegas, NV regarding the topic

December 03, 2014
Burr & Forman's Nashville Office to Host the Two-Day Supplier Associate Relations Group 2014 Southern Law Review and Roundtable

Burr & Forman LLP's Nashville office is pleased to host the Supplier Associate Relations Group (SARG) 2014 Southern Law Rev