Honora M. Gathings

Top rated Class Action & Mass Torts attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Gathings Law
Honora M. Gathings
Gathings Law

Practice Areas: Class Action & Mass Torts, Personal Injury, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 1979

Education: Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010, 2017 - 2023

Gathings Law

2140 11th Ave S
Suite 210
Birmingham, AL 35205 Visit website


As a founding partner at Gathings Law, Honora M. Gathings represents clients in the Birmingham, Alabama, metropolitan area. Ms. Gathings handles matters of personal injury, family law and mass tort. Recently, she was voted by Birmingham Magazine’s Best of Birmingham as one of the Top 5 Lawyers in Birmingham. In 2016, Avvo named her a Top Woman Attorney, and the next year she was added to the Top 100 Registry for Law by the Top 100 Registry, Inc.

After earning a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University, Ms. Gathings obtained her Juris Doctor in 1978 from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, where she was editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. A member of the American Bar Association, she is also chairman of the Birmingham Bar Foundation and an executive board member of the Women’s Section of the Birmingham Bar Association.

Ms. Gathings is admitted to practice in Florida and Alabama and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Throughout her career, she has had numerous settlements, verdicts and judgments over $1 million.

In 2017 Ms. Gathings was given the Pro Bono Service Award by the Alabama Access to Justice Commission. The firm was also selected by the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program as the Volunteer Firm of the Year, highlighting her commitment to giving back to the community. For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, Ms. Gathings holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

* 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

Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Environmental Litigation, Family Law, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Class Actions, Construction Accident, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Dental Malpractice, Divorce, Dram Shop Laws, Informed Consent, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Toxic Mold, Toxic Torts, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 20% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Environmental Litigation
  • 10% Family Law
  • 10% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1979, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://gathingslaw.com/our-attorneys/honora-gathings/

  • Madison’s Who’s Who
  • Birmingham Biz Magazine’s Top Lawyers
  • Stathmore’s Who’s Who, since 2001
  • Alabama Super Lawyer
  • Top Attorneys in Alabama, B-Metro Magazine, 2010
  • Top 100 Registry for Law, Top 100 Registry Inc, 2017
  • Top Women Lawyers, B-Metro Magazine, 2010
  • Best Attorney for Alabama Client Satisfaction in Family Law, 2016
  • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Martindale Hubble, 2011
  • Birmingham 205 Influential Executives, Birmingham Business, 2015
  • Avvo's Top Women Attorneys, Avvo, 2016
  • Voted one of the Top 5 Lawyers in Birmingham, Best of Birmingham 2018, Birmingham Magazine, 2018
  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubble
  • Top Rated Lawyers in Personal Injury, 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • The American Journal of Trial Advocacy Foundation, Board Member
  •   I have received the ProBono Service Certificate of Appreciation by the AL Access to Justice Committee in recognition of providing 50 or more hours of Pro Bono service to low income residents in Alabama for numerous years.  I continue to assist clients through the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program in the areas of family law, homeless and VA programs.  Due to my volunteer work I have tried numerous cases on behalf of low income and domestic abuse clients. Additionally, in 2012, Gathings Law was selected as the Volunteer Firm of the Year by the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program of the Birmingham Bar., 2014
  • Pro Bono Service Award for donating more than 50 hours of free legal work in the Family Law area of practice. This award is given by Alabama Access to Justice., 2017
  • Zonta International, Birmingham Chapter-Board Member
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Alabama State Bar 1979; Florida State Bar 1979; Birmingham Bar Association; Grievance Committee, Member; Public Service Committee, Chairman; Birmingham Bar Foundation;  Women's Section Birmingham Bar Association [Executive Board Member]; American Association of Justice;  American Bar Association; Cumberland School of Law, Advisory Board; Member in good standing of the United States Supreme Court; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal; U.S. District Courts of Alabama [Northern, Southern, Middle]; Alabama and Florida state courts.
  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • American Association for Justice, Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Tort Section, Member
  • American Association for Justice, International Practice Section, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Business Tort Section, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Member
  • Alabama Bar Association, Member
  • Numerous judgments, verdicts and settlements in excess of $1,000,000
Educational Background:
  • Florida State University, B.S. Business, 1975
  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D.; Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy; Moot Court Board; Phi Alpha Delta, 1978
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Professional (CPACFL) (CPACAL), 2017
  • AL Mediation Training, 2021
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Lawyers of Distsinction, Family & Divorce Top 10% in US, 2017
  • Top Flight Attorneys, 2015
  • 2016- 2018 Top Women Attorneys, BMetro  , 2016
  • American Registry, 2017

Office location for Honora M. Gathings

2140 11th Ave S
Suite 210
Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-725-6733


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010, 2017 - 2023

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