- Single and Multi-Plaintiff Disputes (litigation and arbitration)
- Strategic Employment Counseling
- Non-Competition and Trade Secret Protection
- Employment Immigration Matters
- Employee Benefits
Michael L. Thompson
Mike Thompson is the firm’s Managing Shareholder. He 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. Mike devotes a significant portion of his time to counselling employers regarding best practices to creatively mitigate risk while remaining focused on accomplishing underlying business objectives. Mike takes pride in being described by clients as resourceful, proactive, creative and responsive.
Mike advises employers regarding compliance and best practices in all areas of employment law, including leave laws (such as military and FMLA), discrimination and harassment laws, employee benefits, policies, procedures, wage and hour, contracts and compensation issues. Mike has successfully defended single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits and arbitrations involving egregious 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.
Mike grew up on the family farm in the Springhill community south of Troy, Alabama. He attended Samford University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated, magna cum laude, with a degree in Public Administration. During his tenure at Samford, Mike served in various leadership positions including Chief Justice of the Student Government Association. Prior to returning home to Alabama in 2000, Mike was associated with the Houston, Texas office of Haynes and Boone, LLP where his practice encompassed a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including the trial and defense of class actions, in federal and state court. Mike received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and is admitted to practice before the state courts of Alabama and Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as various U.S. District Courts and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh and Eleventh Circuits.
In 2011, Mike was recognized by the The Birmingham Business Journal as one of the Top 40 Under Forty business leaders in metropolitan Birmingham. He is regularly recognized by peer rating services as a preeminent practitioner having maintained an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell since 2005, listed in Alabama Super Lawyers each year since 2007; listed in The Birmingham Business Journal, 2007 Best of the Bar (Business Immigration) amongst other recognitions.
Mike is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the American Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Mike is a frequent speaker on Labor and Employment topics and has served as a Contributing Editor for multiple editions of the following publications: Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies, (1st Ed.; 2nd Ed., 3rd Ed.), M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC (2010 – Present); Covenants Not to Compete: A State-By-State Survey, (4th and 5th Ed.), Bureau of National Affairs (2005 – 2011); Trade Secrets: A State-By-State Survey, (3rd Ed.), Bureau of National Affairs (2006 – 2011); Tortious Interference In The Employment Context: A State-By-State Survey, (2nd Ed.), Bureau of National Affairs (2007 – 2011); Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State-By-State Survey, (3rd Ed.), Bureau of National Affairs (2009 )
Mike is privileged to serve in leadership positions at his church as well as on the Board of Directors for Shades Mountain Park (youth sports) and aTeam Ministries (provides fiscal, practical and spiritual support to pediatric cancer families).
Phone: (205) 323-9270
Phone: (205) 226-7128
B.A., Samford University
J.D., Vanderbilt University
United States District Courts:
Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
Northern District of Florida
Western District of North Carolina
United States Circuit Court of Appeals:
United States Supreme Court