Breanna Harris Young

Breanna Harris Young: Attorney with Starnes Davis Florie LLP


Breanna Young is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie and serves on the firm’s recruiting committee. Breanna’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of labor and employment law. She also practices in the field of government and public litigation. Breanna regularly deals with Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and state non-competition laws. She represents both public and private employers in all types of labor and employment litigation in state and federal court and before administrative agencies. In addition to her litigation experience, Breanna routinely advises employers in making employment decisions and developing policies that reduce the risk of being sued by employees.

Professional Recognition

•Recognized as a “leading individual” in the field of Labor and Employment by Chambers USA
•Named a Rising Star for the state of Alabama by the 2016-2017 editions of Mid-South Lawyers magazine
•Elected to the Order of the Coif



•Obtained Favorable 11th Circuit Decision in a Case Alleging Violations of the Rehabilitation Act and the FLSA.
Terri Lynn Cruce Corder v. City of Bessemer - Obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality against a former employee’s claim that the City discriminated against her based on her race, sex, and disability and in retaliation for previous complaints when it terminated her employment.
Jesse Hunt v. Altec Industries, Inc. - Obtained summary judgment for a manufacturer on a former employee’s claim that the company interfered with this FMLA rights and retaliated against him when it terminated him for violation of the company’s attendance policy.
Eric Mitchell v. Evergreen Transport, LLC - Obtained 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 coworkers’ racial slurs.
Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. and Hibbett Teams Sales, Inc. v. Steve Bridges - 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.
Paul Boyle v. City of Pell City - Obtained summary judgment in favor of a municipality against a former employee’s claim that the City failed to accommodate his disability and terminated him because of his disability in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
•Obtained summary judgment for a district manager of a national retail pharmacy chain on a claim on intentional interference with business relations brought by a former employee.
Gary Carmichael v. The Personnel Board of Jefferson County and The City of Bessemer - Obtained summary judgment and complete dismissal of six counts on behalf of a municipality in a case brought by a current employee alleging Constitutional violations and defamation.
•Obtained summary judgment for a national retail pharmacy on a former employee’s retaliatory discharge claim.

Presentations and Publications

How Does the #MeToo Movement Affect Long Term Care Employers, Alabama Nursing Home Association Annual Meeting, Birmingham, Alabama (June 25, 2018)
Is Your Employee Handbook a Defense or a Trigger to Legal Liability? 2016 Alabama Nursing Home Association Legal Compliance Seminar, Birmingham, Alabama (February 15, 2016)
Every Day Decisions That May Affect the Outcome of Litigation, Labor & Employment Disputes, and Surveys, 2015 Alabama Nursing Home Association Mid-Year Convention, Orange Beach, Alabama (April 2015)
How to Avoid Becoming the Plaintiff’s Star Witness: Understanding the Defense of Employment Claims, presented to Supervisors and Human Resources Managers (April 2014)
The Art of Internal Investigations: What to do When an Employee Complains of Discrimination, presented to Supervisors & Human Resources Managers (April 2014)
Wipeout: If It’s Not Documented, It Didn’t Happen!, presented to Supervisors and Human Resources Managers, Pensacola, Florida (August 2014)
Garnishments, Levies, and Salary Deductions, presented at the Birmingham Payroll Association’s statewide seminar (October 2014)
•“South Dakota Employment Law,” Chapter of Employment At Will: A State-by-State Survey, publication of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, pages 1013-1033 (2011) and supplements (2012-2016).

News & Insights

Should You Have An Arbitration Agreement With Your Employees?
•SDF Ranked A Top Firm by Chambers USA 2018
•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
•SDF Attorneys Perkins and Young Obtain Favorable 11th Circuit Decision in a Case Alleging Violations of the Rehabilitation Act and the FLSA
•Starnes Davis Florie Receives Top Tier Ranking in Chambers USA 2017
•Seven Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Named “Leaders in their Field” in Chambers USA 2017
•Starnes Davis Florie Names Four New Partners to the Firm
•Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Named to the 2016 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Labor & Employment Bulletin - March 7, 2016
•Starnes Davis Florie Labor & Employment Practice Group Bulletin - July 2015
•Starnes Davis Florie’s Labor & Employment Practice Group Bulletin
•SDF Attorneys Umbach & Young Obtain Defense Verdict in Race Discrimination & Retaliation Action in Federal Court
•Starnes Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment and Complete Dismissal of Six Counts on Behalf of a Municipality
•Starnes Davis Florie Attorneys Obtain Jury Verdict in Labor & Employment Trial
•Breanna Harris Publishes Article for ABA’s Commercial & Business Litigation Section
•Starnes Attorney Breanna Harris Publishes Article on NLRB Rules Collective-Action Waivers

Areas of Practice (7)

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

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-868-6020  Phone
205-868-6099  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 598512, Birmingham, AL 35209
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., summa cum laude, 2007
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2010
Year of First admission:
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; 2010, Alabama
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