J. Rushton McClees

J. Rushton McClees: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Rushton is co-chairman of the firm’s litigation department as well as a member of Sirote’s executive committee. For more than 25 years Rushton has tried jury and bench trials in state and federal courts throughout the State of Alabama including obtaining a 20 million verdict representing plaintiffs in a class action breach of fiduciary duty case. He routinely prosecutes and defends claims for injunctive relief, including enforcement and defense of non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, as well as injunctions seeking to protect or defend against assertions of trade secrets. He was instrumental in changing Alabama’s law on anticipated nuisances. Rushton’s practice also includes the defense of product liability and contractor liability claims, and the representation of insurance brokers, banks and other clients in business fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder derivative, directors and officer liability matters and other complex litigation claims.

Awards & Accreditations

•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Best Lawyers in America

Professional Profile


•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•The Best Lawyers in America
•Insurance Law, 2014-19
•Litigation-Construction, 2014-19
•Commercial Litigation, 2015-19
•Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, 2018-19

Thought Leadership

•Experienced trial attorney; represents banks, insurance companies and other businesses in State and Federal Courts in Alabama
•Wholesale Insurance & Brokerage Defense
•Business Torts
•Breach of Fiduciary Duty
•Shareholder Derivative Suits
•Injunctive Relief
•Non-Competition Enforcement & Defense
•Product Liability Defense

Speeches & Publications

•Co-Author, Which Might the Muffin Man Know? Using the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine as a De-facto Non Competition Agreement, The Counselor, Fall 2010
•Author, Discounting and Bartering of Legal Fees, Vol. 10, p. 189 The Journal of the Legal Profession, 1985


Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 - 8/17/2015
Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 - 8/19/2014
Sirote & Permutt Named One of Birmingham’s Top 10 Litigation Firms by the BBJ - 5/30/2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014 - 8/16/2013
Sirote Attorney Rushton McClees Featured in BBJ’s Bottom Line: Business Litigation Outlook - 5/28/2013
Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013 - 11/5/2012

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Electronic Discovery
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Financial Products & Services Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • Mortgage Services & Real Estate Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Title Insurance, Curative & Title Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5106  Phone
205.212.3861  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., summa cum laude, 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama, J.D., 1986
Year of First admission:
1986, Alabama and U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama


•Admitted to practice
•US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
•US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
•US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
•US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
•Co-Chair of Sirote's Litigation Department
•Executive Committee/Board Member, Sirote & Permutt
•Birmingham Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Business Torts Committee
•Defense Research Institute (DRI)
•Commercial Litigation and Trial Tactics Committees

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, December 29, 1960

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