Devin C. Dolive

Birmingham,  AL  U.S.A.
Phone(205) 458-5332

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Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
  • International Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance & Shareholder Disputes
  • Antitrust/Pricing Disputes
  • Appellate
  • UCC Litigation
  • Banking & Financial Institution Disputes
  • Life
  • Health & Disability/ERISA
University Amherst College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1994-1998
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1999-2002
Admitted2002, Ohio; 2006, Alabama; U.S. District Court - Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court - Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court - Southern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Associations

•American Bar Association
•Alabama State Bar
•Birmingham Bar Association
•Ohio State Bar Association

BornCincinnati, Ohio, 1976

Devin's law practice covers a broad-range of business disputes and employment matters, from the outset of the dispute to the final appeal. Whether it is a business-deal gone bad, a shareholder-derivative claim, or a collective-bargaining matter, Devin helps businesses in managing their legal risks and in resolving complex disputes.

Devin practices in the firm's Commercial Litigation group and has litigated many types of business disputes, ranging from contract questions and business torts to pricing and antitrust matters. Devin also represents employers, providing advice on employment laws and collective bargaining and litigating employment claims and ERISA matters. His clients include manufacturers, service providers, banks, and insurance companies. Devin is a contributing author to Burr's Trade Secret and Non-Compete Law blog.

Devin speaks German and has advised US companies doing business overseas and foreign-owned companies doing business in the US. His passion for understanding international business and comparative law began when he was an undergraduate. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College, majoring in political science and German, and studied at the Georg-August Universitat in GOttingen, Germany during his junior year. Devin worked as a legal assistant in Belgium after college. He then continued his international involvement at the University of Virginia School of Law, serving as Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He practiced law at a firm in Ohio before joining Burr's Birmingham office.

Devin continues to promote cross-cultural understanding in international business and, in addition to his law practice, is currently serving as an officer for a non-profit organization that helps to develop and support international relationships between organizations and individuals in Alabama and in Germany.


•Devin Dolive to Speak at the BLSA, Chapter of NALS, Inc. Meeting
•Devin Dolive to Speak at the Alabama Association of Paralegals, Inc. Meeting

• Appellate Judicial Notice in a Google Earth World, Appellate Issues: Council of Appellate Lawyers
•Burr Alert: Alabama's New Non-Compete Statute: Are You Ready For New Year's Day?
• Be Careful What You Ask For: Selecting Forums For Arbitration,
•Business Liability Insurance Answer Book (PLI, 2014, 2012, & 2011 editions) (co-authors Devin C. Dolive, Taylor Barr and Atoyia Scott)
•BBJ: Why Employees Should Pay Attention to College Football Union Decision
•Recent Price Discrimination Cases and 'Plausible' Pleading Under Twombly and Iqbal, The Price Point, Winter 2012 (co-author Mark M. Lawson)
•State Price Discrimination Statutes, ABA Price Discrimination Handbook, 2012 (co-author Mark M. Lawson)


•Alabama-Germany Partnership, Officer (VP-Communications)
•Alabama Wildlife Center, Board of Directors


What advice would you give to a young student in law school?
Enjoy! This is the only time that you will be asked to comment on the facts and holding in A.A. Poultry Farms, Inc. v. Rose Acre Farms, Inc., without having also to explain how the holding applies to your client's particular situation. Only law students and legislators get asked to think about what the law should be, not what it is.

What community projects are you involved in?
I serve on the Board of Directors for the Alabama-Germany Partnership and the Junior Board of the Alabama Wildlife Center, and have served on the governing board of my church.

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Obtained dismissal of shareholder-derivative claims and breach-of fiduciary-duty claims in proceedings in Alabama Circuit Court and on appeal to the Alabama Supreme Court. Obtained a federal court's dismissal of nationwide consumer class-action claims based on the court's lack of jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant. Successfully argued for ERISA preemption of employee-benefit disputes. Assisted employers in defense of unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board. Obtained summary judgment for a financial institution in a complex trust dispute in Alabama Circuit Court. Obtained reversal from the Alabama Supreme Court of a trial court's Orders compelling arbitration in a manner contrary to the parties' arbitration agreement.

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Alabama's New Non-Compete Statute: Are You Ready For New Year's Day?
Devin C. Dolive,Bryance Metheny,Matthew T. Scully, July 16, 2015
Those involved in drafting, negotiating, or litigating covenants-not-to-compete in Alabama have long known that Alabama's statute books seldom provide ready answers on this particular topic. The text of current Alabama Code § 8-1-1, entitled "Contracts restraining business void;...
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Devin C. Dolive

420 North 20th Street, Suite 3400
BirminghamAL 35203


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