Arnold W. Umbach, III

Arnold W. Umbach, III: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP


Trip Umbach chairs the firm’s labor and employment law practice group. For 25 years, Trip has represented both public and private employers in all types of labor and employment disputes, from defending discrimination claims to handling traditional union labor relations matters. He regularly advises clients concerning non-competition agreements and litigates cases arising from the interpretation of such agreements. A significant aspect of his practice is helping clients make employment decisions and develop policies that reduce the risk of being sued by employees or becoming unionized.

Professional Recognition

•Trip graduated first in his class from the University of Alabama School of Law and was an editor on the Alabama Law Review
•Following law school, Trip clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the United States Supreme Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
•Trip has been recognized as a leading individual in the field of Labor and Employment by the 2008 - 2018 editions of Chambers USA
•He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America , 2008 - 2018
•He has been named one of the top attorneys in the state of Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, 2008 - 2017
•He was named a Future Star for the state of Alabama in the 2011 - 2016 editions of Benchmark Litigation
•He was named a Litigation Star for the state of Alabama in the 2017 - 2018 editions of Benchmark Litigation
•Trip was also named to Who's Who Legal Labour & Employment 2015-16


•Won a jury verdict for a trucking company against a former truck driver’s claim that the company fired him because of his race and in retaliation for his complaints about his co-workers’ racial slurs.
•Obtained numerous summary judgments for employers on claims of discrimination, retaliation, and state tort law.
•Enforced an employer’s non-compete agreement with a former employee by obtaining a jury verdict awarding the employer lost profits and rejecting the employee’s claim of interference with his new employment.
•Defended an employer and its employee against non-compete claims.
•Defended an employer and its employee against non-compete claims.
•Advised clients on strategies to respond to union activity.
•Represented employers in union elections.
•Negotiated collective bargaining agreements.
•Member of the trial team representing a national retail store chain in the two-week trial of a nationwide collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act challenging the exempt status of store managers. This case is one of the few of its type in the country to have been tried to a jury.
•Investigated complaints of sexual harassment and workplace violence.
•Counseled clients through hundreds of job termination decisions.
•Developed an equal employment opportunity training program to be viewed by supervisors and employees on the company’s intranet.
•Defended a real estate management company and a city against claims brought under the Americans With Disabilities Act alleging that facilities are not accessible to wheelchair-bound citizens.
•Defended companies and individuals against citations issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
•Defended employers against unfair labor practice charges alleging violations of the National Labor Relations Act.
•Counseled a client through a threat of violence from a terminated employee.
•Served as both a mediator and an arbitrator.

Presentations and Publications

•What Do You Want to Know About Social Media? Alabama City County Management Association, Birmingham, AL, January 26, 2017.
•Overtime Rule: What You Need to Know, Sponsored Seminar, Birmingham, AL, June 28, 2016.* The Ins and Outs of the New Overtime Rules and How to Prepare for the New Law, Sponsored Seminar, Birmingham, AL, June 16, 2016.
•The Ins and Outs of the New Overtime Rules and How to Prepare for the New Law, Sponsored Seminar, Birmingham, AL, June 16, 2016.
•Every Day Decisions That May Affect The Outcome of Litigation, Labor & Employment Disputes, And Your Surveys, 2015 Alabama Nursing Home Association Mid-Year Convention, Orange Beach, FL, April 27-28, 2015.
•Thinking Outside The Box: A Global Perspective to Risk Management, 2015 Alabama Nursing Home Association Legal Compliance Seminar, Birmingham, AL, January 12, 2015.
•Employment Law and Litigation: The Cost of Being Unprepared, Alabama Trucking Association Safety and Maintenance Management Council, Mobile, AL, February 6, 2014.

News & Insights

•8 SDF Partners Named “Leaders in their Field” in Chambers USA 2018
•Twenty-Eight SDF Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Twenty-Six SDF Lawyers Listed in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•Umbach, Perkins, Davis, & Vinson Participate in the Alabama Trucking Association’s Annual Mock Trial
•Starnes Davis Florie Named a Highly Recommended Litigation Firm in the 2018 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
•Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2017
•Trip Umbach Successfully Defended a Contractor Against a Retaliation Claim Under the Mine Safety and Health Act
•SDF ALERT: Alabama’s Workers Comp Law Unconstitutional?
•Trip Umbach Featured in Birmingham Business Journal’s Insights into Labor and Employment Law Segment
•Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named “Leaders in their Field” in Chambers USA 2017
•Trip Umbach to Speak on Social Media at the ACCMA Meeting in January
•Labor & Employment Client Alert: Federal Court Issues Emergency Injunction Blocking Changes To Overtime Exemption Rule
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•SDF Attorney Trip Umbach Spoke at Warren Averett’s Webinar on DOL’s Overtime Rule on September 27th
•Twenty Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers
•SDF Labor & Employment Attorney Presented on topic of “Wage and Hour Change”
•SDF Attorney Trip Umbach Speaks at Seminar on “Overtime Rule: What You Need to Know”
•SDF Labor & Employment Practice Attorney Trip Umbach Speaks on “The Ins & Outs of the New Overtime Rule”
•Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2016
•Labor & Employment Bulletin - March 7, 2016

Areas of Practice (8)

  • ADA Accessibility
  • Arbitration
  • Contract / Non-Compete
  • Counseling and Training
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Governmental
  • Labor Law
  • Wage and Hour

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6072  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
University of Virginia, B.A., 1988
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1992
Year of First admission:
1992, Alabama; 1992, Supreme Court of Alabama; United States Court of Appeals: 11th Circuit (1993), 5th Circuit (1992); United States District Courts: Northern District of Alabama (1993), Middle District of Alabama (1993), Southern District of Alabama (2000); United States Supreme Court (2002); Northern District of Florida (2004)

Community Involvement

•Trip has served as Vice President of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management.
•He has been involved in Boy Scouts at the Council and Troop levels.
•Leadership Council of Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama.

Birth Information:
Auburn, Alabama, August 4, 1966
Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: Evans v. Books-A-Million, 762 F.3d 1288 (11th Cir. 2014). Parrott v. PNC Bank, 986 F. Supp 2d 1263 (N.D. AL. 2013). Swain v. Precision Strip, Inc., 511 Fed. Appx. 905 (11th Cir. 2013). McNeal v. City of Tarrant, 325 Fed. Appx. 794, 2009 WL 1132348 (11th Cir.). Rigby v. Springs Industries, Inc., 156 Fed. Appx. 130, 2005 WL 3076542 (11th Cir. 2005). Scott Bridge Company v. Wright, 888 So.2d 1221 (Ala. 2003). Michele C. Taylor v. Alabama Intertribal Council, 261 F.3d 1032 (11th Cir. 2001). Cynthia Lunde v. Big B, Inc., d/b/a CVS Pharmacy, 117 F. Supp. 2d. 1275 (M.D. Ala. 2000). Cropp v. Raytheon Engineers & Contractors, Inc., 2000 WL 731523 (N.D. AL 2000). Glenn Holiness v. Moore-Handley, Inc., 114 F. Supp. 2d 1176 (N.D. Ala. 1999). Maddox v. Cash Loans of Huntsville, 21 F. Supp. 2d 1336 (N.D. Ala. 1998). Pouncy v. Vulcan Materials Company, 920 F. Supp. 1566 (N.D. Ala. 1996). Duncan v. Icenogle, 873 F. Supp. 579 (M.D. Ala. 1994).

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