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David B. Block
Shareholder
PROFILE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

David's Profile

David is a Shareholder and member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group at Maynard Cooper. He has held various positions of leadership in the Firm, including serving on the Executive Committee.

For over 25 years David has handled a wide variety of lawsuits in federal and state courts. They include cases ranging from employment, trademark, and commercial disputes to real estate, premises liability, and serious injury cases.

Labor and Employment

David represents employers of all sizes, including some of the largest in the South. He partners with his clients to comply with the full range of federal and state employment laws, including wage and hour, safety and health (OSHA), FMLA, and anti-discrimination laws. David helps clients develop employee policies and risk management strategies to reduce their risk of employment liability. He also conducts interactive harassment and management training. David also supports clients facing sensitive discipline or termination situations. He assists clients going through reductions-in-force or implementing labor cost-saving strategies.

Although his primary goal is to help employers avoid lawsuits, David is an experienced employment trial attorney. He has tried, and helped clients win, employment cases in federal and state courts.

David also works with clients to protect their intellectual property and trade secrets, including handling non-compete cases.

Serious Injuries

David has experience representing clients in catastrophic injury cases. This includes defending worker’s compensation death cases, co-employee claims, premises liability for owners and employers when a contractor is injured on their property, as well as defending OSHA claims.

Higher Education

For over 25 years David has worked with colleges and universities, including highly-regarded HBCUs, providing general legal advice and representing them in litigation. David is also experienced in helping colleges and universities with employment and Title IX matters.

Manufacturing and Distribution

David has a long history of working with clients in the manufacturing and distribution space. He works with clients to meet the wide-ranging legal challenges these industries face on a daily basis, from labor and employment to workplace safety (OSHA) to immigration.

Defense and Aerospace

David also is closely aligned with the Maynard Cooper’s Government Solutions Practice Group, and has assisted defense and aerospace contractors with employment and litigation issues across the country. He represents clients on Service Contract Act compliance issues and OFCCP matters.

David is rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell® and is listed in both The Best Lawyers in America© and Alabama Super Lawyers®. David has been named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Huntsville Litigation-Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in Huntsville.

David received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of Texas.

David's Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Employment Law: Management, Litigation: Labor & Employment, Labor Law: Management (2010 – present)
  • Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year for Labor & Employment (2016)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employment Litigation: Defense (2016 – present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers® for Employment & Labor (2014 – 2015)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating

David's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Inns of Court

Civic Involvement

  • Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, Inc., Past Board Chair
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama, Board Member
  • Jewish Federation of North Alabama, Board Member
  • Huntsville Committee of 100

David's Speaking Engagements

  • 05/11/20: “2020 Lunch & Learn – Government Contracts & Legal Perspectives” Huntsville/Madison County Chamber (Webinar)
  • 04/16/20: “COVID-19 Webinar: Confronting Employment Issues” Birmingham Business Alliance (Webinar)
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama
EDUCATION

University of Alabama School of Law (1992, J.D., Alabama Law Review, Developmental Editor)

University of Texas (1989, B.A.)

August 20, 2020
168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021
Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide...
June 1, 2020
Employee Claims - Webinar #1 in USI Insurance Micro Webinar Series
May 7, 2020
2020 Lunch & Learn - Government Contracts & Legal Perspectives
August 15, 2019
130 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 130 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their practice areas in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting att...
March 8, 2019
CLIENT ALERT - NEW OVERTIME PAY RULES PROPOSED, AT LAST
After years of debate and waiting, the USDOL has issued its newly-proposed overtime rules. The USDOL has released a rule that, if adopted, will set a minimum salary for the OT exemption at $679 per week or annually at $35,308 per year. The increase t...
August 15, 2018
116 MAYNARD COOPER & GALE ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED IN THE 2019 BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA©
Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 116 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized as leaders in their areas of practice in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Included in the dis...
November 9, 2018
MAYNARD COOPER & GALE RECEIVES RECOGNITION IN RECENT U.S. NEWS/BEST LAWYERS “BEST LAW FIRMS” AND SUPER LAWYERS LISTINGS
The recently released edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” positions Maynard Cooper in the National Tier Rankings in 10 areas of practice, including Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, L...
September 1, 2017
WAGES TAKE CENTER STAGE IN RECENT DEVELOPMENTS: EEO-1 Reporting and Overtime
This week brings some welcome news for employers.   Earlier this week, the Office of Management and Budget stayed the 2016 EEOC rule requiring EEO-1 file...
July 5, 2017
GOVERNMENT SOLUTIONS JUNE 2017 WEBINAR - EXEMPT SERVICE CONTRACTS: LABOR, IMMIGRATION, AND CLASSIFICATION TRAPS TO AVOID
Maynard Cooper shareholders Stephen Davis and David Block joined Maynard's Andy Watson and Jon Levin in hosting a webinar on June 29th. During the 60 minute program, they provided l...