Josh C. Harrison

Of Counsel || Birmingham

Josh is a forward-thinking lawyer who has a particular focus on compliance plans and strategies for growing and multi-state businesses. Josh developed The Ogletree Deakins Model for Alabama Employers, a series of employment law compliance programs designed to meet growing companies at different growth points and ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws. These programs address handbooks, policies, wage and hour compliance, restrictive covenants (i.e. non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements), compliance plans for anticipated headcount and geographic growth, and independent contractor labor models. Josh delivers the programs on a flat-fee basis so clients have budgetary certainty and predictable pricing. Please email Josh if you would like additional information about The Ogletree Deakins Model for Alabama Employers.

As a litigator, Josh is well-versed in virtually every aspect of employment litigation. From handling bench and jury trials to arguing before the Federal Courts of Appeals, he has an accomplished litigation track record spanning jurisdictions across the country. A significant portion of Josh’s litigation practice is defending employers in class and collective actions alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Learn more about Josh C. Harrison
  • Developed The Ogletree Deakins Model for Alabama Employers, a flat-fee program designed for growing businesses.
  • Drafted and managed the delivery of non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality, and intellectual property agreements for multi-state businesses.
  • Drafted multi-state arbitration programs.
  • Appealed unemployment compensation claims by independent contractors performing freelance services for on-demand/gig economy businesses.
  • Due diligence audits relating to the classification of certain positions as exempt or non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Oral argument in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Successful results on appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Obtained summary judgment for clients in: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, and Texas.
  • Obtained a TRO and preliminary injunction enforcing a non-competition agreement in Alabama state court.
  • Defended FLSA class and collective action claims arising from allegations of misclassification as exempt/non-exempt, independent contractor misclassification, and off the clock work.
  • Enforced arbitration agreements in multiple jurisdictions, including Alabama, California, Mississippi, and Texas.


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Alabama, 2010
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Alabama, 2006

Admittance to Practice

  • Alabama
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana

Professional Activities

  • Project Corporate Leadership Birmingham
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • Birmingham Bar 
  • Alabama State Bar (L&E Section)
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Louisiana State Bar


  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director’s Symposium - "Practical Tips on Managing Employees and Reducing Litigation Risks" - Montgomery - August 23, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "From Hello to Goodbye – Creating an HR Toolbox that Saves you Money" - Birmingham - August 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Leave My Benefits Alone: Managing Benefits of Employees on Leave" - Pensacola - June 15, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Roundtable - "So, Just Who is the Employer?" - Birmingham - May 24, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - "Leave My Benefits Alone: Managing Benefits of Employees on Leave" - Birmingham - August 18, 2017
  • Employment Law Seminar - "OSHA Does Apply To You. Yes, I’m Talking To You!" - Birmingham - November 4, 2016
  • SHRM - "What Do You Mean I’m Their Employer? Recent Developments in the Joint Employer Doctrine" - Cullman County - October 12, 2016
  • FMLA Master Class Alabama - "Advanced Skills for Employee Leave Management" - Birmingham - 2016
  • 2018 - HR Professionals Magazine - "SCOTUS Decision on Overtime Exemptions"
  • 2015 - HR Professionals Magazine - "Litigation Trends Highlight the Importance of FCRA Compliance"
  • 2014 - HR Professionals Magazine - "Appellate Court Upholds Recent Amendments to OFCCP Regulations Regarding Employees with Disabilities"
  • April 13, 2018 - Birmingham Business Journal - "Insights into Labor and Employment 2018"
  • Martindale Preeminent
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-present)
  • B-Metro Top Lawyers (2016-2018)
  • Lead Editor, Journal of the Legal Profession
  • Member, Moot Court Board
  • Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society

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