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John B. Holmes, III
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PROFILE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS
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John's Profile

John is the leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He represents management and advises clients in a wide variety of EEO and labor and employment matters, including cases arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 1981, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act and other analogous state discrimination and tort laws. He represents clients engaged in OFCCP audits and Department of Labor investigations. John has extensive experience in litigating and providing advice relating to the enforceability of employment agreements and non-compete agreements.

He also represents companies in a variety of administrative matters, including Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) enforcement actions, miner discrimination and temporary reinstatement claims, MSHA special investigations and MSHA and OSHA investigations of workplace accidents, and resulting third-party litigation. He offers consultation services to employers who are drafting or updating employment handbooks and policies, and he provides training to employers on a variety of topics, most notably on administering the FMLA and requests for reasonable accommodations under the ADA. He routinely conducts investigations into workplace issues ranging from harassment to employee theft.

John has successful jury trial experience in both state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as experience in obtaining summary judgment on behalf of clients. In addition, he has successfully litigated numerous MSHA and OSHA enforcement actions and labor and employment arbitrations.

His skills and accomplishments as an employment lawyer and litigator are recognized nationally, including his recognition by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Labor & Employment. He was named to the Benchmark Litigation 2016 and 2017 “Under 40 Hot List”, an elite accolade honoring the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners who are 40 years old or younger. John is also listed in The Best Lawyers In America© for Litigation: Labor and Employment, as well as Employment Law: Management, and he is included in Super Lawyers in the areas of Employment & Labor Law and Energy and Natural Resources.

“John is fantastic. He knows his stuff and seems to be a tireless advocate for us. He doesn’t waste time, he is to the point, he is client-friendly, good at listening and helping us to proceed. ” — Client Testimonial

John's Awards

  • Chambers USA: Leading Individual in the area of Labor & Employment (2019)
  • Identified as an Acritas Star™ in Labor and Employment (2019)
  • Chambers USA, Up-and-Coming Practitioner in Labor & Employment (2017 and 2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation: Labor and Employment (2015-present), Employment Law: Management (20016-present), and Workers’ Compensation Law: Employers (2017-present)
  • Benchmark Litigation “Under 40 Hot List” (2016, 2017)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Employment and Labor Law (2016-present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Employment & Labor (2011-2012); Labor & Employment (2015); Energy & Natural Resources (2015)
  • Birmingham Business Journal’s “Rising Star Lawyers” (2016)

John's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
  • Alabama Coal Association

John's Speaking Engagements

CONTACT
T 205.254.1107
F 205.254.1999
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Lisa Johnston
Legal Assistant
Tonya Hicks
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama, Texas
U.S. District Court:Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern)
U.S. Court of Appeals:Eleventh Circuit
EDUCATION
Vanderbilt University Law School (2002, J.D., Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Articles Editor; Moot Court Board Member)
University of the South (Sewanee) (1999, B.A., cum laude)
May 1, 2019
39 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys And 8 Practice Groups Receive Recognition In The 2019 Chambers USA Guide
Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard Cooper) is pleased to announce that 39 of its attorneys and eight of its practice groups have received high marks in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA, the industry’s most respected legal rankings publicat...
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...
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...
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...
March 29, 2018
MAYNARD COOPER & GALE EARNS HIGH RANKINGS IN THE 2018 CHAMBERS USA, AMERICA’S LEADING LAWYERS FOR BUSINESS
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that the firm and many of its attorneys have earned distinguished rankings in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the highly respected referral directory of the...
December 18, 2017
TWO MORE RULINGS CLOSE AN EVENTFUL WEEK AT THE NLRB
The National Labor Relations Board capped off an eventful week on Friday, December 15 by issuing two more opinions overruling existing precedent, this time in the areas of lawful changes in employment matters and the standard for determining appropri...