Burr & Forman

Joseph W. Letzer

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  • J.D., Order of the Coif, University of Alabama School of Law (1975)
  • B.A., cum laude, Heidelberg University (1971)
  • American University in Washington, D.C.
  • London School of Economics





  • All state courts of Alabama
  • 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 Georgia
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • American Bar Association, Fellow
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year," Franchise Law, Birmingham, Alabama (2014, 2016, 2019)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law (2010-2021)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2016-2020)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2008-2015)

Partner | Birmingham, AL

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Joe is a Partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group. He focuses on complex commercial and franchise litigation, having tried cases representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts in fourteen states.

As Lead Counsel, he has obtained, on behalf of clients, jury verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million in more than 25 cases. He has also represented clients in numerous administrative hearings and appellate courts nationwide, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

A former faculty member of the Alabama Bar Institute’s Continuing Legal Education program on litigation, Joe has also been an annual program speaker for the Business Torts & Antitrust Section of the Alabama State Bar.

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