Jerry E. Held

Jerry E. Held: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C. AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Jerry is the past chair and managing partner of the Mortgage Services Practice Group . He represents national mortgage lenders, servicers, and government agencies in mortgage banking law, real estate litigation, default servicing, and title insurance law. He is a frequent speaker at nationwide industry conferences, and he hosts seminars and training sessions at client offices across the country. From 2005 to 2010, Jerry served on the board of directors for the United States Foreclosure Network (USFN), the nation’s largest nonprofit association of mortgage banking attorneys and trustees.

Who has inspired you in your career?

The person who has been one of my most treasured inspirations in life and throughout my career as an attorney is Karl Friedman, a founder of Sirote & Permutt. I was fortunate to have known Karl from my youth, and he was always like a second father to me because of the personal relationship that we developed. After I decided to go to law school, and when Sirote later offered me a job, Karl took me under his wing. I worked directly under his leadership in the firm's business department, and Karl taught me how to not only practice law, but also how to counsel and build relationships with people. I will never forget the many wonderful experiences we shared together, both personal and professional.

What are you most proud of in your practice?

I practiced business, corporate, commercial, and real estate transactional law for 24 years in the Business Department. My practice also involved providing mortgage services to local clients. In 1998, I began to build a national mortgage services practice, representing mortgage lenders, servicers, and government entities such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This work began with two attorneys and two staff members. We grew quickly, and it soon led to the establishment of a separate practice group at Sirote. Within several years, our group became the biggest practice area and one of the most profitable in the history of the firm.

In building this practice, I regularly traveled around the country to meet and attract clients and to attend conferences and seminars. We built a nationwide reputation as a premiere law firm in the mortgage banking industry, which we maintain today. In 2015, I decided to transition the management and leadership of this practice group to younger partners, and they are running the management of this practice now. I am still involved, but as more of a mentor with regard to client relations.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My wife, Ginger, and I love to travel, both by ourselves and with family and friends. We have a place in Destin, Florida, also. I personally love playing golf, and I play at home, in Destin, and on some trips. Ginger and I are very fortunate to have all three of our children and their spouses living in Birmingham, together with our four grandchildren, so we spend as much time with them as they will allow!

Awards and Accreditations

The Best Lawyers in America
•Chambers USA
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•Mid-South Super Lawyers


The Best Lawyers in America

•Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law (2010-2019)
•Real Estate Law (2011-2019)
•Banking and Finance Law (2013-2019)
•Chambers USA
•Real Estate (2003-2018)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

•Mid-South Super Lawyers (2012-2015)
•Every year since 2000, Sirote has received the USFN Award of Excellence specifically for its Mortgage Banking Practice on the national level, of which Jerry is the managing partner and former chair

Outside the Office

•Birmingham Jewish Community Center
•Former President
•Birmingham Jewish Federation
•Former President, Board of Directors
•Former President, Executive Committee
•Former Chair, Annual Campaign Fundraising
•Birmingham Jewish Foundation
•Board of Directors
•Collat Jewish Family Services
•Former Board Member
•Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Alabama Chapter
•Former Vice President, Fundraising
•Former Board Member
•Temple Emanu-El
•Former Member, Board of Directors
•Current Member, Finance Committee
•Tocqueville Society of United Way

Speeches and Publications

•Speaker, The Latest Eviction/REO Challenges, USFN Loan Management & Servicing Seminars, 2009-2012

•Speaker, “Managing Title Issues,” USFN Loan Management & Servicing Seminars, 2008-2014

•Speaker, Advanced Foreclosure, USFN Loan Management & Servicing Seminars, 2007-2014

•Author, Loan Satisfaction: Alabama, The National Mortgage Servicer's Reference Directory (NMSRD), 1999-2015

•Author, State Summaries: Alabama, The National Mortgage Servicer's Reference Directory (NMSRD), 1999-2015

•Speaker, “Non-Judicial Foreclosure Law,” Client Educational Training Seminars in Austin, Des Moines, Fort Mill, Memphis, Plano, and Richardson


•Ten Sirote Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2015
•Sirote Attorneys Selected for 2015 Chambers USA
•Sirote & Permutt Receives the 2014 USFN Diamond Award of Excellence
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Sirote Attorneys Make 2014 Chambers USA Leading Lawyer List
•Sirote & Permutt Receives the 2013 USFN Diamond Award of Excellence
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014
•Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013
•Seven Sirote Attorneys Selected for 2013 Chambers USA List of the Best
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the Best Lawyers in America for 2013
•Sirote & Permutt Receives the 2012 USFN Award of Excellence
•Chambers USA Selects Five Sirote Attorneys for its 2012 List
•Sirote Receives 2011 USFN Award of Excellence
•Sirote Attorneys Jerry Held, Stephen Collins and Don Wright Speak at Mortgage Banking Seminar
•Sirote Receives 2010 USFN Award of Excellence
•Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011
•Three Sirote Attorneys Selected for 2010 Chambers USA List of the Best
•Sirote Receives 2009 USFN Diamond Award of Excellence
•31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers
•Sirote Awarded “Excellence in Service”
•Sirote Receives 2008 USFN Diamond Award of Excellence
•Sirote Attorneys to Participate in Regional Default Services Seminar for Mortgage Banking Industry
•Sirote & Permutt And Attorneys Selected For 2008 Chambers USA's List Of The Best
•Sirote Shareholder Jerry Held to Moderate Panel At National Mortgage Banking Conference
•Sirote Announces Expansion of Mortgage Banking Litigation Group
•Sirote Shareholders Jerry Held & Stephen Collins Speakers at Mortgage Banking Conference

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Mortgage Services
  • Foreclosures & Creditor's Rights
  • Regulatory, Compliance & Risk Management
  • Title Insurance, Curative & Title Litigation
  • Financial Institutions
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205-930-5151  Phone
205.212.3873  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.S., 1971
Law School Attended:
Emory University, J.D., 1974
Year of First Admission:
1974, Alabama


•Alabama State Bar
•American Bar Association
•Member, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
•Foreclosure and Related Remedies Committee
•Birmingham Bar Association
•Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA)
•Sirote & Permutt, PC
•Managing Partner, Mortgage Services Practice Group (1999-2017)
•Board of Directors (2004-2014)
•Executive Committee (2004-2014)
•Board of Directors (2005-2010)

Birth Information:
Birmingham, Alabama, October 15, 1949

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
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