Kira Fonteneau

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Barrett & Farahany
Kira Fonteneau
Barrett & Farahany

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 2005

Education: University of Georgia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

Barrett & Farahany

2 20th St N
Suite 900
Birmingham, AL 35203 Visit website


At Barrett & Farahany in Birmingham, Alabama, attorney Kira Fonteneau is a partner and the managing lead attorney of the Alabama trial practice group. Ms. Fonteneau chose her practice area as employment law since she is driven by her passion to help employees fight for their rights and claim benefits that are rightfully theirs, in order to prevent their exploitation. 

Born in Detroit, Ms. Fonteneau spent a part of her childhood in Hawaii and Virginia. Motivated by her personal experience of being mistreated at work, she strives to ensure that the employers at fault are brought to justice. Even before founding her own law firm, she was the first public defender of Jefferson County, Alabama, and before that, she was an employee advocate for more than 12 years. 

At The University of Virginia, Ms. Fonteneau completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1998. Later, she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2005, where she was active in the Student Bar Association and the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court, and was an American Bar Association Law Student Liaison to Commission on Women in the Profession. She has secured licenses to practice in Alabama, Georgia and Virginia. 

In her 18-plus years of practice, Ms. Fonteneau has received several recognitions and awards for her professional client service that has helped a lot of employees claim their rights. She has been rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated with a perfect score of 10.0 on Avvo. In addition, she has also been named to the University of Georgia’s Top 40 Under 40 list.

Along with being a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar, Ms. Fonteneau is also a board member of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and is the president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. She also holds memberships in the Birmingham Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Alabama Association for Justice.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights

Focus areas

Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Employment Law - Employer, Labor Law, Native Peoples Law, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination

  • 50% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 30% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Rights

First Admitted: 2005, Alabama

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Alabama
  • American Bar Association Law Student Liaison to Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Student Bar Association - University of Georgia School of Law 
  • Joseph Henry Lumpkin Inn of Court
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Member
  • Alabama State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2017
  • Alabama State Bar Commissioner, 2012
  • Birmingham Bar Association - Executive Committee, 2013
  • Birmingham Bar Association Future Leaders Forum, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2006
  • Alabama Association of Justice
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Magic City Bar Association - Birmingham Bar Liaison, 2010
  • Georgia, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee, Birmingham Bar Association, 2010
  • Virginia, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2005
  • National Criminal Defense College, 2008
  • American Association of Justice
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Alabama Civil Justice Foundation Board Member
  • ACLU Alabama, President
  • Holy Family Cristo Rey High School - Junior Board, 2009
  • American Civil Liberties Union – Alabama Affiliate
  • American Diabetes Association Birmingham Board - Advocacy Chair (Birmingham), 2007
  • American Diabetes Association – National Legal Advocacy Sub-Committee
  • Birmingham Volunteer Lawyer's Program, 2006
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Marketing Your Practice, Alabama Lawyers Association, June 2, 2012
  • Don’t be Afraid to Go Solo, Birmingham Bar Association
  • Minority Pre-Law Conference, Alabama Bar Association
  • Contingent Employees: Joint Employer Issues with Temporary and Leased Employees Under Various Arrangements
  • Fundamentals of Employment Law in Alabama: Sex, Race and Other Harassment in the Workplace
  • Emerging Trends in Labor & Employee Relations
  • The Certification Process and Serious Health Conditions
  • The Bermuda Triangle: ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation
  • Lessons on Success: What Every Woman Needs to Know
  • Surviving and Thriving in a Down Economy
  • Speaker, Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Speaker, The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Speaker, Racial and Sexual Harassment
  • Speaker, Proper Discharge Procedures and Leadership
Educational Background:
  • The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, B.A. is Double Majored in Government/African-American Studies, 1998
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • State of Alabama v. Canelda Jennings Attempted Murder - Not Guilty, 2007
  • State of Alabama v. Marcus Reed Robbery 1st Degree - Not Guilty, 2007
  • Reported Case: Gipson v. Hale 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010
  • Sonia Thomas v. City of Birmingham - Disability Discrimination Jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff, 2010
  • Perry v. Taylor - Defense Verdict, 2009
  • Top 40 Under 40, Top 40 under 40, University of Georgia, 2014
  • AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and has been rated with a perfect score of 10.0 on Avvo
  • SuperLawyer of the MidSouth

Office location for Kira Fonteneau

2 20th St N
Suite 900
Birmingham, AL 35203

Phone: 205-627-9072


5 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

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