June 30th, 2015
At Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, we practice labor and employment law on behalf of management, with a focus on management rights and the actions that management can take, rather than those they can’t. We pride ourselves on providing prompt, high-quality, creative legal services and solutions. In our view, labor and employment counsel is a collaborative process with our clients, designed to meet their business objectives.
Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, P.C. was once again recognized as a Tier 1 firm by Chambers.
LMVT was recognized by The Chambers 2015 Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Tier 1 firm in our field, the ninth consecutive year we have received such recognition. Chambers quoted sources describing the firm as “A top-shelf labor and employment practice with top-notch lawyers.” Clients referred to LMVT attorneys as “intelligent,” “responsive” and “practical.”
We are also honored to announce that five LMVT attorneys were recently recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers, an independent lawyers rating publication. Richard Lehr, David Middlebrooks, Al Vreeland and Mike Thompson were listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for 2015; Whitney Brown was recognized as a Rising Star. In addition, David Middlebrooks and Richard Lehr were recognized on the list of the Top Ten Alabama Super Lawyers; Al Vreeland and Mike Thompson were both included again among the Top 50 attorneys.
Richard Lehr, along with the firm, were recently recognized as the exclusive winner in the Employment category for Alabama in the Client Choice Guide – USA & Canada 2014. Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel. A sincere thank you to our clients for your support and trust in our work here at Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson.
Once again, Richard Lehr, David Middlebrooks, and Al Vreeland have been recognized in The Best Lawyers In America© for Labor and Employment Law in 2015.
Conscientious that ratings such as these are a reflection of our friends’ and clients’ confidence in us, we thank you. We know we are “terminable at will,” and we work daily to exceed your expectations.
We are pleased to announce that the firm will now be known as Lehr Middlebrooks Vreeland & Thompson, P.C.
Michael L. Thompson has been an invaluable member of the firm since 2000, advising businesses on key labor and employment issues, including immigration and benefits. In 2011, Mike was recognized by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of Birmingham’s Top 40 Under 40 leaders in the greater Birmingham business community and he has received numerous legal recognitions, including recognition by SuperLawyers as a top lawyer for Labor and Employment each year since 2010. Mike also proudly serves his community in leadership positions on multiple nonprofit boards. We are thrilled to recognize our partner and good friend in the renaming of our firm. The change not only represents Mike’s outstanding work, but also an exciting time for Lehr Middlebrooks as we continue to adopt new technologies and strategies to serve our clients in a world of daily change and opportunity.
We are also pleased to announce that Whitney R. Brown has been named as a shareholder in the firm.
Selected as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers and listed on Birmingham Magazine’s Top Attorneys List for Employment, Whitney represents businesses in employment-related disputes and advises employers on avoiding these disputes. Whitney served as co-counsel in a matter to separate and defend a ten-plaintiff race and retaliation suit, ultimately resulting in all ten cases being resolved in the employer’s favor at summary judgment. More recently, she served as co-counsel in achieving early dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the EEOC alleging that an employer’s grooming policy was discriminatory. She also defends businesses targeted by ADA access suits. Whitney regularly speaks and writes on employment law, especially on medical leave and disability issues. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Alabama and Mississippi and she is a proud alumna of Birmingham-Southern College (B.A., 2003) and Vanderbilt University (J.D., 2006).
U.S. News & World Report Names LMV to its Best Law Firms list for 2015
U.S. News & World Report named Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland P.C. to its Best Law Firms list for 2015, ranking LMV in Tier 1 for both Employment Law (Management) and Labor Law (Management). The 2015 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 17,000 attorneys provided almost 600,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,500 clients provided more than 40,000 evaluations.