Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, P.C.
2021 Third Avenue North (35203)
P.O. Box 11945
Birmingham, Alabama 35202-1945
|Phone: (205) 326-3002
Fax: (205) 326-3008
Web site: lehrmiddlebrooks.com
Firm Size: 7 Lawyers
Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, P.C. practices labor and employment law on behalf of management, with a focus on management rights and actions that management can take, rather than on what they cannot do. We pride ourselves on providing prompt, quality and creative legal services. Our philosophy is that labor and employment counsel is a collaborative process with our clients, designed to meet their business objectives.
Our clients range from the world's largest companies, such as bp and Xerox to small closely-held businesses and cover every facet of the economy from manufacturing, energy and agriculture to banking, law and high technology.
At Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, P.C., our attorneys represent employers in every aspect of the employment relationship including preventive counseling, internal training and audits, the defense of employment litigation, union representation campaigns, collective bargaining and contract administration, business restructuring, affirmative action planning and other government contractor requirements, safety and health, employee benefits, wage and hour requirements, and the protection of intellectual property. Our attorneys represent our clients throughout the United States in state and federal courts on the full range of employment issues including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract and state law torts. In addition, our attorneys have litigated cases throughout the country before the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and state fair employment agencies.
In addition to our attorneys, Lehr Middlebrooks utilizes a staff of recognized experts on human resource issues, wage and hour compliance, and equal opportunity compliance to provide our clients with experienced counsel on every aspect of the employment relationship.
Attorney BiographiesRichard I. Lehr
Richard is a founding shareholder of the firm, and has practiced employment law for more than twenty-eight years. Upon graduation from law school, Richard joined a large general practice firm that had not yet established a labor and employment law practice. He spent fourteen years with that firm, and was instrumental in developing a labor and employment law practice, which ultimately represented clients on a national scale before founding LMV. Richard's practice ranges geographically from the north slope of Alaska to south Florida, covering the full range of American industries and employment relations issues. His practice model is premised on a creative and aggressive approach to assisting his clients to fulfill their business objectives, with an emphasis on what the employer can do, not what the employer cannot do. In addition to representing clients in matters involving representation campaigns and collective bargaining, Richard's traditional labor practice has included the largest union decertification in one region of the NLRB, as well as planning the integration of the union and non-union work forces for two multi-national merger partners. He counsels with employers regarding developing and implementing workforce change strategies, without provoking litigation or union organizing. Richard is the author, editor and co-editor of several books and articles regarding labor and employment relations issues. He is the past management co-chair of the American Bar Association's Regional Liaison to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and past management chair of the ERISA Litigation subcommittee of the American Bar Association Individual Employment Rights Section. Richard is the Vice Chair of the Manufacture Alabama Workforce Development Committee and is Chair of the Workforce Development Subcommittee of the Governor’s Commission on Manufacturing Economic STIMULUS and Free & Fair Trade. Richard has been a featured speaker to business groups and trade associations throughout the country.
David J. Middlebrooks
David is a founding shareholder of the firm. He worked for seven years in industrial and employee relations prior to attending law school. He received his Masters Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, and his undergraduate and law degrees with honors from the University of Alabama. David heads the firm's litigation practice, and, as lead counsel, has tried to verdict numerous cases alleging discrimination based upon age, gender, race, disability; claims of retaliation; claims of injuries due to multiple chemical sensitivity; and claims of fraud, breach of contract and wage and hour violations.
He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and several federal district courts. He is a co-editor of the Alabama Employment Law Letter, and a contributor to several other employment publications, covering issues such as union avoidance, effective hiring and termination. He provides volunteer counsel to community non-profit organizations regarding labor and employee relations issues.
Albert L. Vreeland, II
Al is one of the founding shareholders of the firm. He is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law and Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. His practice focuses on the defense of employment litigation, with an emphasis on appellate practice. His work includes the defense of the public sector businesses and public officials on issues of constitutional concern. Al also counsels employers on the employment implications of corporate restructuring including sales, acquisitions, and reductions in force. He is a former editor of the Michigan Law Review and is currently the editor of the Alabama Employment Law Letter and a contributor to the Alabama Employer's Desk Manual. Al is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. Al is listed in Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business and in The Best Lawyers in America.
Michael L. Thompson
Mike is the firm's Managing Shareholder and practices labor and employment and employee benefits law throughout Alabama and the United States. Mike also advises businesses regarding strategic concerns and compliance with immigration regulations and assists businesses with obtaining employer sponsored visas for foreign workers. He attended Samford University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated, magna cum laude
, with a degree in Public Administration. Mike received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Alabama and Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits.
Whitney R. Brown
Whitney represents employers in a range of employment litigation, including harassment and discrimination cases, workers compensation, and cases involving state law claims. She also counsels clients in an effort to avoid litigation. Whitney represents businesses in employment-related disputes and advises employers on avoiding those disputes. She regularly speaks and writes about employment law, especially medical leave and disability issues. Whitney also defends businesses targeted by ADA Access litigation. She has been recognized as a Rising Star in SuperLawyers
and listed as a Top Attorney for Employment Law by Birmingham Magazine
. Whitney earned her law degree in Nashville, Tennessee, at Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was the recipient of a Dean’s Scholarship. Prior to that, she attended college on a National Merit scholarship at Birmingham-Southern College. She graduated cum laude
from BSC, where she received a B.A. in English. Whitney is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Alabama and Mississippi, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.
Jamie M. Brabston
Jamie is Senior Counsel to the firm. She advises employers on compliance and best practices in all areas of employment law, with emphasis on discrimination and harassment laws, benefit and leave issue, policies, procedures, affirmative action compliance, record keeping, wage and hour, ethics programs, contracts and compensation issues. Jamie takes a proactive approach to problem prevention and avoidance of lawsuits, and regularly assists clients with internal investigations of employee complaints and conducts a variety of manager and employee training. Jamie also has successfully defended cases for a variety of clients involving sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, disability, age, religion, race and sex discrimination, non-competition and trade secrets, FMLA, ERISA, invasion of privacy, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud and breach of contract. Representative clients range from the defense industry to school boards and health care facilities, as well as small, start-up businesses. Following more than a decade of private practice with a large Huntsville based law firm, Jamie served as General Counsel, Vice President of Human Resources, and Corporate Secretary for Digital Fusion, Inc., a Huntsville based government contracting firm, from 2006-2009. In 2009, Jamie founded her own employment law compliance business, Practical Employment Solutions, Inc., where she partnered directly with small businesses, including government contractors, to assist them with a full range of human resource and employment law compliance needs. Jamie is committed to serving in volunteer agencies whose primary focus involves children. She is currently a member of the Kiwanis Club of Homewood-Mountain Brook and serves as the Alabama District Chair for the Kiwanis Key Leader Program. Jamie is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Lyndel L. Erwin (Wage & Hour Consultant),
With more than 35 years experience with the Department of Labor, including as District Director, Lyndel Erwin (a non-attorney) assists our attorneys in providing clients with analysis and consultation concerning all of the laws and regulations enforced by the Wage & Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. As a consultant for our clients, Lyndel conducts mock audits of our clients' personnel records to ensure compliance with the various wage and hour and public contract laws. His services include analysis of compliance with record keeping requirements, determination of exempt status under the FLSA, and review of payroll practices. Lyndel also works with our attorneys to provide clients with assistance in complying with the FMLA and Employee Polygraph Protection Act requirements. Lyndel also works with our attorneys in the defense of audits and investigations by the Wage & Hour Division of the Department of Labor.
John E. Hall (OSHA Consultant),
A twenty-nine year veteran of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, John Hall was involved in training and compliance programs, investigations, and enforcement actions. Mr. Hall received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and prior to joining the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 1968 taught math, science and special education.
Jerome C. Rose (EEOC Consultant),
With almost 30 years experience with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including a lengthy tenure as Regional Attorney, Jerry Rose assists our clients on compliance with equal employment opportunity laws and in responding to government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Jerry counsels clients on preventive measures, conducts mock audits, provides training for managers, supervisors and human resources staff, and offers strategic input on handling government probes. Jerry earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Denver, is a member of the Colorado State Bar, and a former member of the Colorado State House of Representatives.
Frank F. Rox, Jr. (NLRB Consultant)
Frank F. Rox, Jr. served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board for more than 30 years. Over his long tenure, he handled some of the most challenging and difficult work within the NLRB’s Atlanta Regional Office and has served as the office’s lead attorney in federal district court litigation. He has a wide breadth of knowledge in both the substantive and procedural aspects of the National Labor Relations Act. The Obama NLRB has adopted an aggressive enforcement posture that promises many difficult changes in the administration of the Act. These changes will adversely impact employers who wish to remain union free. Frank assists clients in navigating NLRA problems posed by the expanded reach of the Board – including the institution of micro-bargaining units, changes to the union election process, controversial decisions involving social media, employer confidentiality rules, off-duty employee access to employer property, dues check-off after expiration of the contract, and employee discipline. In addition to helping clients navigate the evolving changes to Board law, Frank has also assisted clients in defending ULP charge allegations and prepared the best defenses possible to enable employers to achieve dismissals of non-merit charges by employees and unions. Frank’s practical advice is invaluable to clients wishing to avoid trouble with the NLRB.
JW Furman (Investigator, Mediator, Arbitrator Consultant),
JW Furman served as an EEOC Investigator and Mediator for over 17 years, investigating approximately 1,200 discrimination charges and mediating at least 1,500 claims, including administrative charges, civil lawsuits and internal grievances. JW resolved a remarkable 93.5% of the cases she mediated during Fiscal Year 2015 for the Commission. JW has also served as an Arbitrator and Hearing Officer, handling over 200 cases. Her training includes 17 years of continuing training with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and over 1,500 hours of arbitration and mediation training with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. JW is available through our firm to do what she has done so well prior to joining us – conduct internal investigations and serve as a Mediator and Arbitrator.
Although JW’s professional career has always focused on employment and labor issues, she also donates her time to serve as a Mediator to help resolve community and family disputes.