Gordon L. Blair

Shareholder Birmingham

Gordon L. Blair began his professional career practicing general civil litigation, with a focus on commercial and employment litigation.  He also served as the associate general counsel of a publicly traded manufacturing company.  Gordon joined Ogletree Deakins in 2002.

At Ogletree Deakins, Gordon continues to devote a substantial portion of his practice to general litigation, regularly representing colleges and universities, contractors, healthcare providers, manufacturers and retailers in personal injury, construction, tort, and contract litigation.  However, the majority of Gordon's practice is focused on the representation of employers in workplace-related matters, ranging from administrative proceedings to federal litigation. He routinely counsels employers on day-to-day employment decisions, conducts training seminars, and works to develop effective workplace policies and procedures. Gordon lectures to human resources personnel and related groups on topics such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Alabama Workmen’s Compensation Act.

In 2012, Gordon added alternative dispute resolution to his practice.  Having represented employers and businesses in negotiation, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution for more than a decade, he is now registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster.  Gordon brings to his mediation practice extensive experience resolving employment, tort, and contract actions.

Gordon’s principal interest outside of work is his family. He and his wife have two sons.  They live in Birmingham and are active in their church.  Gordon is also involved in historic preservation organizations, wetland and marine conservation organizations, and scholastic foundations.


Experience

Gordon litigates primarily in Alabama state and federal courts.  His litigation experience includes:

  • Representing employers, ranging from large multi-national corporations to small local businesses, in discrimination actions;
  • Representing employers before administrative entities, such as the EEOC and the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations; and
  • Representing businesses in premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, commercial contract, and business tort actions.

Highlights from the past few years of Gordon's practice include:

  • A defense jury verdict in an FMLA interference and retaliation action for a manufacturing company;
  • Directed verdict at trial of a state court personal injury action for a retail company;
  • Nominal award at trial of breach of employment contract action;
  • Numerous summary judgments in sex, race, age, and disability discrimination actions, as well as summary judgments in USERRA and FMLA actions; and
  • Entry of permanent injunction in favor of Alabama manufacturer to prohibit contact by at risk former employee.

Outside of the courthouse, Gordon devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling employers on day-to-day human resources issues and litigation avoidance.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Birmingham Bar Association (Medical Liaison Committee)
  • SHRM - Birmingham Chapter
  • Birmingham Diversity Summit, hosted by the Birmingham Business Alliance (ODNSS Birmingham representative)
  • Registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Managing ADA & FMLA Leave And Getting Employees Back To Work (or on their way)'' - Birmingham - August 18, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Avoiding Employers’ Number One Risk – Retaliation Claims'' - Huntsville - August 11, 2016
  • Wiregrass Human Resources Management Association 2015 Forum - ''HR Is A Three Ring Circus: Be An Innovative Ringmaster'' - Dothan - September 18, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations'' - Tupelo - April 17, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''How Employers Win Employment Lawsuits Before They Are Filed'' - Huntsville - August 21, 2014
  • Marshall County, Alabama SHRM Chapter - ''Managing Difficult Employees (and the impossible one)'' - Guntersville - August 20, 2014
  • Southeastern Employment Law Series - ''Troublemakers & Malcontents: Lessons for Dealing Effectively With Difficult Employees'' - Columbus - May 16, 2014
  • Birmingham SHRM Chapter - ''Legislative and Regulatory Update'' - Birmingham - April 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Effective Employee Discipline and Dismissal'' - Birmingham - November 09, 2012
  • Birmingham SHRM Chapter - ''Utilizing Social Networking Media in the Workplace'' - Birmingham - March 09, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''How Plaintiffs Plan to Take Your Money In 2011'' - Birmingham - December 10, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''Beware the Dark Side of Social Networking (Utilizing Social Networking Media, Employer and Employee Rights and Interests)'' - Birmingham - March 25, 2010

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Media

Media Quotes

November 2003 - The Alabama Lawyer - "What’s Left After Davis v. Southern Energy Homes, Inc."

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