John D. Saxon

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Birmingham, AL

John D. Saxon, P.C.
 | 2119 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203-3314
Phone: 205-324-0223
Fax: 205-323-1583
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Schools & Education (30%),
  • Civil Rights (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    John D. Saxon is an attorney and the founder of John D. Saxon, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Saxon focuses his practice on employment law and has over 40 years of legal experience. He serves clients throughout the Birmingham area.

    Mr. Saxon is dedicated to fighting for the rights of employees who have experienced unlawful discrimination, wrongful discharge and other employment-related issues. His accomplishments have earned him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a listing in the esteemed publication “The Best Lawyers in America.”

    Over the years, Mr. Saxon has held numerous leadership positions and government roles. He has participated in many community organizations and is a former adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and American University Washington College of Law.

    Mr. Saxon continues to be an active member of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Alabama Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Federal Bar Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves on the board of Legal Services Alabama.

    After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Mr. Saxon received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law. He holds a license to practice law in all Alabama state courts and several federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    *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
    • 50%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 30%Schools & Education
    • 20%Civil Rights


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    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2021

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    About John Saxon

    Admitted: 1977, Alabama

    Professional Webpage:


    • Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2008
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Alabama, 2011
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Finalist, John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition
    • White House Fellow
    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
    • The Best Lawyers in America in Labor & Employment Law, 2009–present
    • Top 50 Lawyers in Alabama, 2012
    • Phi Alpha Theta
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Henderson M. Somerville Award
    • Leadership Birmingham, 1994
    • Listed in: Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law
    • Alabama Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor, 2008–present
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Pi Sigma Alpha
    • The Order of Barristers
    • Bench and Bar Outstanding Senior Award, 1977
    • Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, 1983

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Alabama Law Institute
    • Research Assistant, Alabama Law Institute, 1977
    • Executive Committee, Birmingham Bar Association, 2003–2006
    • Chairman, Birmingham Bar Association, Federal Practice Section, 2011
    • Member, Bench and Bar
    • Member, President's Commission on White House Fellowships, 1983–1984
    • Alabama, 1977
    • Alabama State Bar
    • President, University of Alabama Law School Foundation, 1998–2000
    • Board of Directors, Common Cause Alabama, 1995–present
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
    • Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Alabama State Bar, 1996–1999
    • Member, Advisory Board, Blackburn Institute
    • Senior Advisor, Alabama Kerry for President Campaign, 2004
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1990
    • Member, Board of Governors, Alabama Association for Justice, 1990–1994
    • U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, 1980–1983
    • Chairman, Professional Ethics Committee, Birmingham Bar Association, 1991
    • Board of Directors, Alabama Chapter, National Employment Lawyers Association
    • Assistant to the Acting Chief Executive Officer, The University of Alabama, 1976–1977
    • Chairman, Long Range Planning Committee, Birmingham Bar Association, 2001–2002
    • Board of Directors, Birmingham Bar Association, Solo Practice/Small Firms Section, 1998–2006
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • President and Chairman of the Board, White House Fellows Association and Foundation, 2002–2003
    • American Bar Association
    • Member, Board of Directors and Vice President, University of Alabama Law School Foundation, 1996–1998 
    • Member, President's Commission on White House Fellowships, 2002–2003
    • Northern District of Alabama. 1977
    • Committee on Character and Fitness, Alabama State Bar, 2000–present
    • Vice President and Member, Executive Committee, University of Alabama National Alumni Association, 1987–1988
    • Member, Alabama Law Institute
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 1990
    • Alabama Association for Justice
    • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of The Legal Profession, 1975–1977
    • Member, Merit Panel Re: Reappointment of U.S. Magistrate T. Michael Putnam, U.S. District Court, N. Dist. Al. 1994
    • Birmingham Bar Association
    • The American Association for Justice
    • Special Assistant to Vice President Walter F. Mondale, 1978–1979
    • Chairman, Budget Committee, Birmingham Bar Association, 1999
    • Board, Legal Services Alabama Fellow
    • President and Chairman of the Board, White House Fellows Association and Foundation, 1983–1984
    • Board of Directors, Birmingham Bar Foundation, 2007–2009
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Chairman, Farrah Law Society, 1992–1994
    • Member, President's Commission on White House Fellowships, 1993–2001
    • U.S. District Court, 1977
    • Member, Permanent Code Commission, Alabama State Bar, 1992–1995
    • Chairman, University of Alabama Law School Capital Campaign, 2002–2005
    • President's Advisory Council, Birmingham-Southern College, 1993–2009
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1989
    • Editorial Board, The Alabama Lawyer, Alabama State Bar, 2002–2005
    • Member, Advisory Board, The Birmingham Pledge, 2000–present
    • Attorney Participant, 11th Circuit Judicial Conference, 1999
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1992
    • Executive Committee, Alabama Association for Justice, 1994–2000
    • U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Sub-Committee on Jurisprudence and Governmental Relations, 1979–1980
    • Chairman, Grievance Committee, Birmingham Bar Association, 1997

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Delegate, 1996 National Democratic Convention
    • Director, Corporate Issues, RCA Corporation, 1983–1986
    • Authorized Representative, State Steering Committee, Alabama Hillary Clinton for President Campaign, 2008
    • Associate Counsel, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and The Nicaraguan Opposition, 1987
    • Member, Board of Directors, Center for Community & Economic Development, Miles College
    • Member, Birmingham Cable Commission, 2000–2004
    • Chairman, Alabama Clinton-Gore Campaign, 1996
    • Member, U.S. International Debate Team, 1973–1975
    • Chairman, Alabama Wesley Clark for President Campaign, 2003–2004
    • Special Counsel, U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, 1988
    • National Governing Board, Common Cause, 1992–1995
    • Washington, D.C. Local Development Corporation, 1986–1988
    • Chairman, Alabama Clinton-Gore Campaign, 1992
    • Treasurer, Alabama Democratic Party, 1995–1999
    • Washington Representative, General Electric Co., 1986–1987
    • Member, Federal Appointments Patronage Committee, 1997–2000
    • Staff Director, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and The Nicaraguan Opposition, 1987–1988
    • Member, Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, 2009–present
    • Member, Birmingham Parking Authority, 2006–2010

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "The Scope of Legislative Ethics," in Representation and Responsibility (Plenum, 1985), Note, 2 The Journal of the Legal Profession 167-81, 1977
    • Congressional Testimony: "Reforming the Ethics Disciplinary Procedures of the U.S. Senate," Testimony before the U.S. Senate Ethics Study Commission, May 20, 1993
    • Congressional Testimony: "Reforming Congressional Ethics Disciplinary Procedures," Testimony before Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, February 25, 1993
    • Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, The American University, 1988
    • Adjunct Instructor, Administrative Law, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1998–2000

    Representative Clients:

    • Hogue v. Gibraltar Packaging, 146 F. 3d 871, 11th Cir. 1998
    • Mack, et al. v. ST Mobile Aerospace Engineering, Inc., 195 Fed. Appx. 829 (11th Cir. 2006) (unpublished)
    • Burks v. American Cast Iron Pipe Co., 212 F. 3d 1333, 11th Cir. 2000, cert. denied 531 U.S. 1074, 2001
    • Simmons v. Clark Equipment Credit Corp., 554 So. 2d 398, Ala. 1989
    • Bruce A. Baker v. Birmingham Board of Education, 531 F.3d 1336, 11th Cir. 2008
    • Anniston Lincoln Mercury Dodge v. Conner, 720 So. 2d 898 , Ala. 1998

    Educational Background:

    • University of North Carolina, M.A., 1973
    • University of Alabama, B.A., 1972
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    Office Location for John D. Saxon

    2119 3rd Avenue North
    Birmingham, AL 35203-3314

    Phone: 205-324-0223

    Fax: 205-323-1583

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