Charles M. Elmer is Of Counsel in the Birmingham office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has been based in Birmingham, Alabama his entire career and has extensive experience litigating all forms of labor and employment matters throughout the Southeastern region of the United States.
Mr. Elmer's practice spans the full spectrum of employment litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, with special emphasis on the defense of discrimination, retaliation, "whistle blower," FLSA, ADA and FMLA claims and the enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. He has extensive experience trying cases in state and federal courts as well as arbitrating cases before the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"), and other arbitration organizations. Mr. Elmer has broad experience managing complex litigation involving multiple parties and large amounts of documentation and data and litigating complex electronic discovery issues. He has also had an active appellate practice, including oral arguments, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh, Seventh and Fifth Circuits as well as the Supreme Court of Alabama.
Mr. Elmer routinely advises clients on a variety of employment matters, including employee policies, procedures and handbooks, as well as employment and separation agreements, with a particular emphasis on agreements involving executives and other highly compensated management and sales employees. He also advises employers regarding compliance with state and federal laws governing wages and hours, leave, privacy, anti-discrimination and conducts audits of employment practices, employee training, and harassment investigations.
In defending litigation and providing legal advice, Mr. Elmer has had substantial experience representing clients in the securities, banking, retail, health care, and hospitality industries.
Mr. Elmer is admitted to practice in Alabama and in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Eleventh, Seventh, and Fifth Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, and the U. S. Tax Court.
Mr. Elmer received his B.A. in Philosophy from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. cum laude from The Cumberland School of Law, where he was Research and Writing Editor for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. After graduating from law school, he served as a clerk and staff attorney for the Honorable Reneau P. Almon, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama.
Mr. Elmer is a proficient speaker and writer of Spanish.
Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity
· Named an Alabama Super Lawyer for Employment Law in 2008 and 2009
· Recognized for Labor/Employment Law in the Birmingham Business Journal's" Best of the Bar" poll in 2007
· Represented for many years on a pro bono basis the Birmingham Levite Jewish Community Center ("LJCC") with respect to employment matters. The LJCC operates an early learning center and school as well as a cultural and fitness center for its members.
Bar & Professional Association Memberships
Birmingham Bar Association