James C. Pennington - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

James C. Pennington

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Mr. Pennington has concentrated his practice in the area of labor and employment law since 1990. He became a founding member of the Birmingham office of Ogletree Deakins in 1997.  He has a Yellow Belt certification from Legal Lean Sigma. Mr. Pennington represents employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the EEOC. He also represents employers before arbitrators and administrative review bodies such as tenure commissions and personnel review panels. He has litigated employment discrimination, labor strikes, collective bargaining agreements, employment contracts, class actions, wage and hour disputes, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, and employee benefits. He also has substantial experience representing public employers and non-profit entities in the defense of first amendment and other constitutional and civil rights cases in state and federal courts. Mr. Pennington counsels employers on avoiding labor and employment problems. He works with employers to develop preventive labor relations programs and assists clients in developing personnel policies, procedures and handbooks. Mr. Pennington frequently speaks to and trains human resources professionals and other managers on issues relating to employment.

Birmingham-Southern CollegeBA 1987Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 1990
National Association of College and University Attorneys

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama

Office Location

420 Twentieth Street North, Suite 1900
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Birmingham Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Birmingham Metro Area
James C. Pennington has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!James C. Pennington has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Education Law
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management