A former chair and member of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group, 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 class certification of a race selection class. Collective actions include resolution through settlement or summary judgment of FLSA class actions involving issues from lunch interruption to donning and doffing to time going through security. Whistleblower defense includes actions under Sarbanes-Oxley, environmental laws, OSHA § 11(c), and state whistleblower actions.
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 Alabama Association of Employers and individual employers in the drafting of both sets of the Americans With Disabilities Act Title I rules, the Family and Medical Leave Act rules, the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Law of 1992, and Department of Industrial Relations rules respecting drug testing. He has offered Friend Of The Court briefs on several employment issues on behalf of the BCA, and one on behalf of the Alabama Retail Association to the U.S. Supreme Court in a key discrimination case.
An adjunct instructor at two law schools, John has authored Disability Discrimination in Employment, (West Publishing 2006); Employment Discrimination in Alabama (Southern University Press, 1991); coauthored Alabama Workers’ Compensation Practice, 1994 Edition, (Guide Publishing, 1994); and authored chapters in the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.’s Occupational Safety and Health Law.
John funds several scholarships for law students and one for graduate teachers at Jacksonville State University. John teaches at Cumberland and at the Birmingham School of Law.