Burr & Forman

John J. Coleman, III

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  • J.D., Duke University School of Law (1981)
  • A.B., magna cum laude, Duke University (1978)




  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Alabama

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Texas State Bar
  • The Best Lawyers in America®️(1993-2022), Litigation-Labor & Employment (2011-2022), Employment Law-Management (2011-2022), Labor Law-Management (2011-2022), Workers' Compensation Law-Employers (2011-2022)
  • Named, Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (2003-2021)
  • Benchmark Litigation, Labor and Employment Star (2021)
  • Lawdragon, 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers (2020)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Employment and Labor (2016-2021)
  • Lawdragon's Top 100 Nation's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers (2009-present)
  • American Bar Foundation Lifetime, Fellow (Class of 2017)
  • Human Resources Executive, "The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys - Top 100" (2016)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2008-2015)
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow (Class of 2006)
  • Funds graduate education scholarship at Jacksonville State University and law school minority scholarship at Birmingham School of Law
  • Teaches at Cumberland and the Birmingham School of Law
  • Active in St. Francis Xavier Parish
  • Campfire, served as Secretary on Board of Directors
  • Defending various employers successfully in cases defining "direct threat," "disability," and "reasonable accommodation" in the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Defended various causation issues in workers' compensation benefits cases in state appellate courts.

  • 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.

  • Tried over 100 cases in employment matters.

  • Obtained summary judgment in over four dozen cases in employment matters.

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A former chair and current 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.