Burr & Forman

Devin C. Dolive

Devin C. Dolive
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2002)
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Amherst College (1998)

Alabama, Ohio

  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Alabama-Germany Partnership, Officer (VP-Communications)
  • Alabama Wildlife Center, Board of Directors
  • Assisted in the successful defense of an excess insurer on bad faith claims both at trial and on appeal

  • Obtained summary judgment for a financial institution in a complex trust dispute in Alabama Circuit Court.

  • Obtained reversal from the Alabama Supreme Court of a trial court's Orders compelling arbitration in a manner contrary to the parties' arbitration agreement.

  • Represented numerous retailers in state and federal litigation over the pricing of motor fuel at the wholesale and retail levels

  • Obtained dismissal of shareholder-derivative claims and breach-of fiduciary-duty claims in proceedings in Alabama Circuit Court and on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Obtained a federal court's dismissal of nationwide consumer class-action claims based on the court's lack of jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant.

  • Successfully argued for ERISA preemption of employee-benefit disputes.

  • Assisted employers in defense of unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.

Partner | Birmingham, AL

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Appellate Commercial / Corporate Litigation International Contract Arbitration Labor & Employment Non-Compete & Trade Secrets

Devin's law practice covers a broad-range of business disputes and employment matters, from the outset of the dispute to the final appeal. Whether it is a business-deal "gone bad," a shareholder-derivative claim, or a collective-bargaining matter, Devin helps businesses in managing their legal risks and in resolving complex disputes.

Devin practices in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and has litigated many types of business disputes, ranging from contract questions and business torts to pricing and antitrust matters. Devin also represents employers, providing advice on employment laws and  collective bargaining and litigating employment claims and ERISA matters.  His clients include manufacturers, service providers, banks, and insurance companies.

Devin speaks German and has advised US companies doing business overseas and foreign-owned companies doing business in the US.  His passion for understanding international business and comparative law began when he was an undergraduate.  He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College, majoring in political science and German, and studied at the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany during his junior year.  Devin worked as a legal assistant in Belgium after college.  He then continued his international involvement at the University of Virginia School of Law, serving as Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.

Devin continues to promote cross-cultural understanding in international business and, in addition to his law practice, is currently serving as an officer for a non-profit organization that helps to develop and support international relationships between organizations and individuals in Alabama and in Germany.