James A. Patton, Jr.: Lawyer with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

James A. Patton, Jr.


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    Employment Law
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University United States Military Academy at West Point, B.S., 1987; Troy State University - European Division, M.S., International Relations, 1990
Law SchoolUniversity of Alabama School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1996
Admitted1996, Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits; U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
Memberships Birmingham and American Bar Associations; Alabama State Bar; Defense Research Institute (Member, Employment Law Committee); Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.
MilitaryCaptain, U.S. Army, 1987-1994
BornTuscaloosa, Alabama, 1965

Distinguished Cadet, United States Military Academy at West Point. Hugo Black Scholar, University of Alabama School of Law. Order of the Coif. Member, John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, 1995-1996. Senior Lead Article Editor, Alabama Law Review. Law Clerk to the Honorable Ira DeMent, United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, 1996-1997. Member, Birmingham Downtown Kiwanis Club, Chairman - Youth of the Youth Committee, 2007-2014. Member, Board of Directors, Birmingham Downtown Kiwanis Club, 2010-2012, 2013-2015. Member, Board of Directors, Center Management, Inc. (Harbert Center), 2009-2013. President, West Point Society of Birmingham, 2007-2012. Board Member, Bridgett's Home Incorporated, 2008-2013. Alabama Super Lawyer 2013. Member, Personnel Committee, South Highland Presbyterian Church, 2008-2013; Frequent Lecturer on Employment Law Topics.

Reported CasesThomas v. ITT Educational Services, Inc., 2013 WL 1189230 (5th Cir. 2013); Jackson v. Dunn Construction, 2013 WL 754716 (N.D. Ala. 2013); Thomas v. ITT Educational Services, Inc., 2012 WL 1964501 (E.D. LA. 2012); Blue v. Dunn Construction, 453 Fed. Appx. 881 (11th Cir. 2011); Arvin North American Automotive, Inc. v. Rodgers, 71 So. 2d 669 (Ala. Civ. App. 2011); ArvinMeritor, Inc. v. Johnson, 1 So. 2d 77 (Ala. Civ. App. 2008); Batch v. Jefferson County Child Development Council, 183 Fed. Appx. 861 (11th Cir. 2006); Laube v. Campbell, 333 F. Supp. 2d 1234 (M.D. Ala. 2004); Ex parte General Nutrition Corp., 855 So. 2d 475 (Ala. 2003); Laube v. Campbell, 215 F.R.D. 655 (M.D. Ala. 2003); Curtis, et al. v. TeleTech Customer Care Management (Telecommunications), Inc., 208 F. Supp. 2d 1231 (N.D. Ala 2002); Ambac Assur. Corp. v. Blount County, 786 S. 2d 443 (Ala. 2000); New York Life Ins. Co. v. Robinson, 735 So. 2d 463 (Ala. 1999).

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Striking a Balance: Alabama’s Newly-Amended Restrictive Covenant Statute
James A. Patton, August 14, 2015
When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed House Bill 352 into law on June 11, 2015, he repealed Alabama’s bare bones restrictive covenant statute and replaced it with a detailed codification of much of Alabama’s restrictive covenant case law. The new statute, which will become...

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James A. Patton, Jr.

420 20th Street North, Suite 1900
BirminghamAL 35203


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