Phone: (205) 323-9262
Fax: (205) 326-3008
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Practice Emphases:

  • Employment Litigation
  • Affirmative Action
  • Risk Avoidance

David J. Middlebrooks


David Middlebrooks is a founding shareholder and a senior litigator who has tried jury verdict cases involving every aspect of the employment relationship. He has litigated cases involving claims of sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, disability, age, religion, race and sex discrimination, wage and hour collective actions, unfair labor practices, as well as cases involving claims of multiple chemical sensitivity, invasion of privacy, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, whistleblower and breach of contract. David assists employers in problem prevention and legal analysis of complex employment issues. David also heads our Affirmative Action compliance practice for clients covered by Executive Order 11246, providing plan drafting, mock audits, record-keeping training, and audit defense.

David was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, majoring in employee relations in the business school. He attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he received a Masters from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Over the next seven years, he worked in labor relations and human resources in the chemical and aluminum industry in Louisiana. During this time, he dealt with more than a dozen unions (including a strike of over a year), administered hourly and white collar compensation plans, and was responsible for executive and professional recruiting. With an understanding spouse and two children in tow, David left south Louisiana for Tuscaloosa to attend law school at the University of Alabama, where he also taught employee relations courses in the business school. In law school, David served as an editor on the Alabama Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

David is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available given by other attorneys regarding legal ability and ethical standards. He has been ranked in the top ten attorneys in the state by Super Lawyers and he is recognized in Chambers USA as a leading employment defense attorney and described by clients as an “intelligent lawyer with an excellent courtroom style.” In addition, David was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Most recently, David was was recognized in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (published in August 2021) in the areas of Employment Law, Labor Law, and Labor and Employment Litigation.

David is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Alabama and American Bar Association and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.


Jennifer Hix
Phone: (205) 323-9270


Emily Taylor
Phone: (205) 226-7128


B.S., School of Commerce, University of Alabama

M.I.L.R., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations

J.D., University of Alabama



United States District Courts:
Northern, Middle & Southern Districts of Alabama

United States Court of Appeals:
Eleventh Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Middlebrooks, David J