Overview

A seasoned and veteran Labor and Employment law attorney, Steve Brown represents, defends and counsels management and employers in every phase of labor and employment law.  His experience ranges from the drafting and enforcement of employment contracts, to the defense of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other employment law claims, including class and collective action suits.  In addition, his practice regularly includes all areas of traditional labor law, representing management in the maintenance of a union free workforce, unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations and strikes and other labor disputes.  Steve also stays at the forefront of and advises clients on cutting edge and emerging employment law issues such as employee arbitration agreements, non-compete agreements, management and employee training and affirmative action and diversity in the workplace.

A proven litigator and trial attorney, Steve has practiced in all areas of dispute resolution, including state and federal court trials, arbitrations, administrative litigation and mediation.  He has defended numerous discrimination and harassment suits, wage and hour suits and class action and collective action claims, wrongful termination and breach of contract suits, workers’ compensation retaliation claims, as well as OSHA actions.  He has prosecuted and defended unfair competition claims, including claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, employee raiding and customer solicitation.  Steve has also regularly practiced before various state and federal agencies such as the EEOC, the NLRB and OSHA, as well in state and federal court and in private arbitrations.

In 2002, Steve was inducted as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in Alabama” seven times since those rankings began in 2008.  Steve is a member of the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and previously served for many years as Dartmouth's Enrollment Director for the State of Alabama.  He has consistently been selected for inclusion in the listings of Chambers “Top US Business Attorneys,” Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law and was recently recognized in the inaugural edition of Benchmark Labor and Employment Law as a South Region L&E Star.

Steve previously served as Chair of both the Labor and Employment Section and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Alabama Bar Association, on the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association on two separate occasions, and on numerous other Bar committees.  He is a Fellow and Charter Member of the Atticus Finch Society and a Fellow in both the American and Alabama Law Foundation.

Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of Children's Village, and has previously served on both the Leadership and Advisory Committees of the Alabama Multiple Sclerosis Society and as Co–chair of the Jail Bail for Heart, American Heart Association, Birmingham Chapter. 

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognized in Chambers USA, “America's Leading Lawyers for Business,” Labor and Employment, 2003-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Workers' Compensation Law – Employers, 1987-2020
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Recognized in Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorneys, 2016
  • Recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2008-2018; Top 50 Alabama Super Lawyers, 2008-2018; Top 50 Birmingham Super Lawyers, 2018

Experience

Experience

  • Successful defense of a worldwide manufacturer in a 10,000 plaintiff nationwide class action
  • Successful defense of a large aircraft maintenance company in a 36 plaintiff hostile environment claim
  • Successful resolution of a 10,000 plaintiff wage and hour class/collective action for a major financial and investment firm client
  • Successful resolution of a 600 plaintiff wage and hour class/collective action for another financial industry client
  • Successful defense of a large housing manufacturer in a multi-plaintiff wage and hour case
  • Provided effective management training to two major automotive manufacturers regarding union organizing efforts and legal compliance
  • Successful defense of a large national metal processing and manufacturing company in numerous suits alleging discrimination, fraud, outrage and/or harassment
  • Successful defense of a major resort hotel in numerous charges and suits alleging discrimination, retaliation and/or harassment and the successful resolution of a 500 plaintiff wage and hour class/collective action for that same client

News & Insights

News

Associations & Organizations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • College of Labor and Employment Attorneys, Fellow
  • Alabama State Bar Association
    • Chair and Executive Committee member, Labor and Employment Law Section, 1984-1985
    • Chair, Worker's Compensation Section, 1994-95
  • Business Council of Alabama
  • Birmingham Bar Association
    •  Executive Committee, 1982; 1989-91
    • Young Lawyers Section, President, 1982

Civic Involvement

  • Vice President and Board Member, Children's Village
  • Administrative Board Member / Chair of the Visitor Outreach Program,Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Alabama Bar Foundation

Get to Know Steve

Get to Know Steve

Steve is currently coaching his third generation of Little League baseball.

Education

  • Tulane School of Law, J.D., 1974, Order of the Coif
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1971

Admissions

  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal, Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 2019 Best Lawyers
  • 2018 Best Lawyers
  • 2018 Super Lawyers
  • Chambers - Steve Brown
  • 2017 Best Lawyers
  • 2017 Super Lawyers
  • Top Attorneys
  • 2015 Chambers - Steve Brown
  • American Bar Foundation
  • College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
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