Mr. Deering has extensive experience representing employers in successfully avoiding and defending a broad range of employment-related claims. His focus areas include employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation and harassment, whistleblower issues, restrictive covenants, wage-hour matters (including class and collective actions) and workplace safety. Mr. Deering has litigated such matters throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.In addition, Mr. Deering regularly provides counseling to employers on matters of employee discipline and termination, enforcement and implementation of employment policies, workplace investigations and reductions in force. He has written extensively on issues in the labor and employment law field, and is a regular contributing chapter editor of Employment Discrimination Law, The Developing Labor Law, The Fair Labor Standards Act, and The Family & Medical Leave Act (BNA Books), the principal treatises devoted to labor and employment law issues in the United States.Mr. Deering is recognized as one of the nation’s top labor and employment attorneys in the annual Best Lawyers in America ratings. He graduated magna cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law (Samford University) in 1997. While in law school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Cumberland Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and was selected as a Cordell Hull Fellow. He is also a member of Curia Honoris, Phi Delta Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, and is a charter member of the Birmingham Inn of the American Inns of Court.