Carl J. Emmons

Carl J. Emmons: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • Of Counsel at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Biography

Carl is one of the lead members of the firm’s Mortgage Services Litigation Practice Group . This entails a wide umbrella covering any sort of litigation necessary to protect the interest of our Clients. Some examples of the statewide litigation matters that Carl engages in on a weekly, if not daily, basis are foreclosure, bankruptcy, ejectment, eviction, unlawful detainer, title curative, and general conflict resolution. He spends the majority of each week litigating matters on behalf of creditors.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is being able to wear so many different hats. I was hired in January 2014 to be a compliance attorney and simply make sure that our firm was following all of the new regulations related to the mortgage servicing and default industry. Within months, I had started taking on my own files to handle the litigation duties from start to finish. I am also the department’s go-to attorney when it comes to making decisions on policies, processes, and general conflict resolution. I get to spend roughly 75% of my time in the courtroom or working on litigated files and 25% of my time making sure that our department is running as smoothly and as in-compliance as possible.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Something I realized recently that I find to be humorous is the evolution of a man’s opinion on yard work. My parents first started making me mow the grass when I was 10 years old; I hated it. My dad always liked getting outside and breaking his back to get the house looking better. If he liked it so much, why did I have to help? Well, here I am, 19 years later and getting outside and breaking my back in the yard for hours on the weekend is one of my favorite hobbies. Water drainage issues? I’ll dig the trench myself, drop my main water line a foot, concrete a new catch basin, and French drain the remainder. Grass growth issues? Build a planter, lay landscaping fabric, pour mulch, and plant rose bushes. Yard needs to be cut? Push mow it for exercise, edge the driveway, and lastly, use the blower to get rid of the stray grass. I recently bought a new, four-stroke weed-eater, and I enjoy it so much that whenever I go to my parents' place, I take it with me in case they want something touched up or brought down.

What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?

First and foremost, I communicate with my clients, which involves both promptness and clarity. One of the biggest complaints you’ll ever hear about attorneys (not at Sirote, I hope) is that, When the going gets tough, the attorney disappears. I pride myself in always responding to a client’s email, letter, phone call, or voicemail within 24 hours. Furthermore, when I do respond, the response is formed in lucidity and truthfulness. I make sure that if something I am explaining is convoluted or foreign to the client, I go into a deeper explanation in order to really help the client fully understand both the situation and my proposed resolutions.

Second, I represent my clients in a manner that they would prefer to be viewed. By that, I mean that I make sure to hold myself to a high standard of preparedness, courtesy, and honesty. Whether I am on the phone, drafting a pleading, at a mediation, at a deposition, at a hearing, or simply living my own personal life, I make sure that I act in a way that the client would be happy to claim me. I over-prepare for every hearing in order to prevent myself from ever having to embarrass my client’s image. I treat all parties with courtesy because I am aware that, at times, my client’s name and my character are closely tied. Lastly, I make sure that everything that comes out of my mouth is the truth. If I were to purposefully misrepresent something on a matter, it is possible that my client’s image could be damaged by my bad faith.

What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?

First and foremost, I communicate with my clients, which involves both promptness and clarity. One of the biggest complaints you’ll ever hear about attorneys (not at Sirote, I hope) is that, When the going gets tough, the attorney disappears. I pride myself in always responding to a client’s email, letter, phone call, or voicemail within 24 hours. Furthermore, when I do respond, the response is formed in lucidity and truthfulness. I make sure that if something I am explaining is convoluted or foreign to the client, I go into a deeper explanation in order to really help the client fully understand both the situation and my proposed resolutions.

Second, I represent my clients in a manner that they would prefer to be viewed. By that, I mean that I make sure to hold myself to a high standard of preparedness, courtesy, and honesty. Whether I am on the phone, drafting a pleading, at a mediation, at a deposition, at a hearing, or simply living my own personal life, I make sure that I act in a way that the client would be happy to claim me. I over-prepare for every hearing in order to prevent myself from ever having to embarrass my client’s image. I treat all parties with courtesy because I am aware that, at times, my client’s name and my character are closely tied.

Lastly, I make sure that everything that comes out of my mouth is the truth. If I were to purposefully misrepresent something on a matter, it is possible that my client’s image could be damaged by my bad faith.

Outside the Office

•Rutgers Camden School of Law
•Law Clerk, Children's Justice Clinic (2013)

News

•Birmingham Magazine Selects Sirote Lawyers as 2014 Top Attorneys
•Three New Attorneys Join Sirote & Permutt

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Mortgage Services
  • Ejectments/Evictions
  • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
  • Landlord & Tenant
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205.930.5369  Phone
www.sirote.com
University Attended:
University of Alabama, BA, 2010
Law School Attended:
Rutgers School of Law, JD, 2013
Year of First Admission:
2013
Admission:
2013, Alabama
Memberships:

Organizations

•Alabama State Bar
•Member, Young Lawyers Section
•American Bar Association
•Birmingham Bar Association

Birth Information:
Salem, OR
ISLN:
922310058

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