Gerard J. Durward

Top rated Family Law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Durward & Durward
Gerard J. Durward
Durward & Durward

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 1966

Education: Birmingham School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2013

Durward & Durward

2140 11th Ave S
Suite 415
Birmingham, AL 35205 Visit website


G. John Durward Jr. is an attorney at Durward & Durward, Attorneys at Law, in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Durward handles all aspects of family law, such as divorce, child custody, child support, paternity, property division and more. He represents clients throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area including the counties of Greystone, Homewood, Hoover, Irondale, Jefferson, Liberty Park, Mountain Brook, Pelham, Shelby, Trussville and Vestavia.

Mr. Durward is a graduate of Tulane University, A. B. Freeman School of Business, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. He then earned his law degree from The University of Alabama School of Law. He has been admitted to practice in all Alabama state courts since 1997 and became licensed to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in 1998.

Actively involved in local and state professional organizations, Mr. Durward is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association (in which he has served many positions), Alabama State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He also belongs to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers, and has also served in numerous roles in both organizations throughout his career.

Mr. Durward has been recognized for his accomplishments within the legal profession as a family attorney. He is rated AV Preeminent*, the highest possible rating, by the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to his legal work, he is active within his local community, serving on the board of directors for Catholic Family Services and previously on the board of trustees for the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Marital Property, Paternity

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1966, Alabama

Professional Webpage:

  • SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2011-2012
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, 1983 to present
  • Selected as Alabama Super Lawyer, 2009-2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Legal Aid Society of Birmingham Board of Trustees, President, 2004
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President-Elect Alabama chapter, 2003 - 2004
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Member of Family, Domestic Relations & Juvenile Courts Procedures Committee, Chair, 2006
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow, 1989
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Grievance Committee, 2012-2014
  • Birmingham Bar Association, President, 1987 - 1988
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President-Elect Alabama chapter, 2010-2011
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1976 - 1978
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), U.S. Chapter Board of Managers, 2012-present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1979
  • Alabama State Bar, 1997
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, Alabama chapter, 2004 - 2005
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Member of Family, Domestic Relations & Juvenile Courts Procedures Committee, 2000-2002
  • AAML Foundation, AAML Foundation Board of Directors, 1998 - 2003
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Future Leaders Task Force, 2009-2010
  • The American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate, 1994
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, Alabama chapter, 2011-2012
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Secretary Treasurer, 1981
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), 2009-present
  • Alabama State Bar, Family Law Section, 1997-Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Budget and Finance Chair, 1990 - 1991
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 1998
  • AAML Foundation, Charter Lifetime Fellow
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1997- 2010
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Board of Managers, U.S.A. Chapter, 2007 - 2012
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 2004-present
  • Birmingham Bar Association, President-Elect, 1986 - 1987
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Secretary, Alabama Chapter, 2008-2010
  • Alabama Law Foundation
  • American Bar Association, 1997-2007, 2016
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governor, 1990 - 1996
  • United States Supreme Court, 2004

Office location for Gerard J. Durward

2140 11th Ave S
Suite 415
Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-791-7260


5 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2013

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