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John D. Saxon, P.C.

Experienced, Knowledgeable Alabama Attorneys

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The firm handles cases involving employment law, education law, employment discrimination, employment contracts and civil rights issues. Our attorneys and legal staff are skilled, well-trained and qualified to manage any case that crosses their desks with efficiency, grace and determination.

A fearless, determined lawyer advocates for you when your rights have been violated

When you need a Birmingham employment attorney who will fight for you no matter what the circumstance, you need John D. Saxon, P.C. Our firm has been battling discrimination and fighting for the rights of working people throughout the state of Alabama for almost 20 years. We are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and nights and weekends by appointment. Call us at 205.324.0223 or visit our contact us page.


John D. Saxon

Areas of practice

  • Civil trial
  • Employment discrimination
  • Education law
  • Appeals
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Business torts
  • Mediation

Admitted to practice

  • Alabama, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, 1977
  • Northern District of Alabama, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1992

Awards and honors

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Listed in: Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law
  • Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment Law, 2009–present
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2008–present
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Alabama, 2011, 2012


  • University of Alabama, J.D., 1977
  • University of North Carolina, M.A., 1973
  • University of Alabama, B.A., 1972

Professional memberships

  • Birmingham Bar Association
    Chairman, Professional Ethics Committee, 1991
    Chairman, Grievance Committee, 1997
    Chairman, Budget Committee, 1999
    Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee, 2001–2002
    Executive Committee, 2003–2006
    Board of Directors, Birmingham Bar Foundation, 2007–2009
    Board of Directors, Solo Practice/Small Firms Section, 1998–2006
    Chairman, Federal Practice Section, 2011
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
    Member, Permanent Code Commission, 1992–1995
    Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 1996–1999
    Committee on Character and Fitness, 2000–present
    Editorial Board, The Alabama Lawyer, 2002–2005
  • Alabama Association for Justice
    Member, Board of Governors, 1990–1994
    Executive Committee, 1994–2000
  • The American Association for Justice
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
    Board of Directors, Alabama Chapter
  • Member, Alabama Law Institute
  • Board, Legal Services Alabama Fellow
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Military Service

  • Captain, USAR

Representative cases

  • Bruce A. Baker v. Birmingham Board of Education, 531 F.3d 1336 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Mack, et al. v. ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc., 195 Fed. Appx. 829 (11th Cir. 2006)(unpublished)
  • Burks v. American Cast Iron Pipe Co., 212 F. 3d 1333 (11th Cir. 2000), cert. denied 531 U.S. 1074 (2001)
  • Hogue v. Gibraltar Packaging, 146 F. 3d 871 (11th Cir. 1998)
  • Anniston Lincoln Mercury Dodge v. Conner, 720 So. 2d 898 (Ala. 1998)
  • Simmons v. Clark Equipment Credit Corp., 554 So. 2d 398 (Ala. 1989)

Publications and engagements

  • Author: "The Scope of Legislative Ethics," in Representation and Responsibility (Plenum, 1985), Note, 2 The Journal of the Legal Profession 167-81 (1977)
  • Congressional Testimony: "Reforming the Ethics Disciplinary Procedures of the U.S. Senate," Testimony before the U.S. Senate Ethics Study Commission, May 20, 1993
  • Congressional Testimony: "Reforming Congressional Ethics Disciplinary Procedures," Testimony before Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, February 25, 1993


  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Scabbard & Blade
  • The Order of Barristers
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Member: Bench and Bar
  • National Moot Court Team
  • Finalist, John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition
  • Henderson M. Somerville Award
  • Bench and Bar Outstanding Senior Award, 1977
  • White House Fellow
  • Chairman, Farrah Law Society, 1992–1994
  • Leadership Birmingham, 1994
  • Member, U.S. International Debate Team, 1973–1975
  • University of Alabama Law School Foundation
    Member, Board of Directors and Vice President, 1996–1998
    President, 1998–2000
  • Chairman, University of Alabama Law School Capital Campaign, 2002–2005
  • Vice President and Member, Executive Committee, University of Alabama National Alumni Association, 1987–1988
  • Member, Advisory Board, Blackburn Institute
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Birmingham Pledge, 2000–present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of The Legal Profession, 1975–1977
  • Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, 1983
  • Director, Corporate Issues, RCA Corporation, 1983–1986
  • Washington Representative, General Electric Co., 1986–1987
  • Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, The American University, 1988
  • Adjunct Instructor, Administrative Law, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1998–2000
  • Special Counsel, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, 1988
  • Associate Counsel, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and The Nicaraguan Opposition, 1987 Staff Director, 1987–1988
  • Counsel: U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, 1980–1983
  • U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Sub-Committee on Jurisprudence and Governmental Relations, 1979–1980
  • Special Assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale, 1978–1979
  • Assistant to the Acting Chief Executive Officer, The University of Alabama, 1976–1977
  • Research Assistant, Alabama Law Institute, 1977
  • President and Chairman of the Board, White House Fellows Association and Foundation, 1983–1984, 2002–2003
  • Member: President's Commission on White House Fellowships, 1983–1984, 1993–2001, 2002–2003
  • National Governing Board, Common Cause, 1992–1995
  • Board of Directors, Common Cause Alabama, 1995–present
  • President's Advisory Council, Birmingham-Southern College, 1993–2009
  • Member: Board of Directors, Center for Community & Economic Development, Miles College
  • Member, Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, 2009–present
  • Washington, D.C. Local Development Corporation, 1986–1988
  • Member, Birmingham Cable Commission, 2000–2004
  • Member, Alabama Law Institute
  • Member, Birmingham Parking Authority, 2006–2010
  • Chairman, Alabama Clinton-Gore Campaign, 1992, 1996
  • Delegate, 1996 National Democratic Convention
  • Treasurer, Alabama Democratic Party, 1995–1999
  • Chairman, Alabama Wesley Clark for President Campaign, 2003–2004
  • Senior Advisor, Alabama Kerry for President Campaign, 2004
  • Authorized Representative, State Steering Committee, Alabama Hillary Clinton for President Campaign, 2008
  • Member, Federal Appointments Patronage Committee, 1997–2000
  • Attorney Participant, 1999 11th Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Member, Merit Panel Re: Reappointment of U.S. Magistrate T. Michael Putnam, U.S. District Court, N. Dist. Al. 1994
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