J. Carin Burford

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Ms. Burford represents management in employment and workplace safety litigation concerning claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unemployment compensation, wage and hour, and workers’ compensation. Ms. Burford also regularly advises and provides training on issues such as employee discipline, weapons and workplace violence prevention, litigation avoidance, return to work, accommodation analysis, and workplace policies and procedures. In conjunction with her litigation experience, Ms. Burford provides counsel to companies with respect to issues arising under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Mine Safety and Health Act, and other applicable state workplace safety laws by handling accident and special investigations, audits, and discrimination investigations conducted by OSHA, MSHA, and state agencies.

Along with her time representing employers, Ms. Burford is a Hearing Officer for the Personnel Board of Jefferson County. In this role, she serves as a quasi-arbitrator hearing cases and recommending action with respect to employee disciplinary appeals for the largest county employer in Alabama.

In addition to her time spent as a frequent lecturer to industry groups, human resources professionals, and safety personnel, Ms. Burford also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama School of Law where she has taught classes in both Workplace Law and Workers’ Compensation since 2007. Outside of work, Ms. Burford is an avid whitewater kayaker and is a certified instructor for the American Canoe Association.

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Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section, OSHA and Workers’ Compensation Committees)
  • Alabama Bar Association (Labor & Employment, Workers’ Compensation, and Women’s Sections)
  • Birmingham Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation & Women’s Sections; Future Leaders Forum Programming Committee)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Alabama Self-Insured Association
  • Alabama Worker’s Compensation Organization
  • Manufacture Alabama (Safety Committee)


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