John B. Holmes, III
Maynard Cooper & Gale
1901 Sixth Avenue North
Regions Harbert Plaza, Suite 2400
Birmingham, AL 35203
John Holmes is the leader of Maynard Cooper & Gale’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.
- Chambers USA: Leading Individual in the area of Labor & 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 (2016 – present); Workers’ Compensation Law: Employers (2018)
- 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)
In addition to the team of lawyers who concentrate their practice in this area of law, the firm has many other skilled lawyers who are experienced in handling employment related matters involving Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Immigration, and Healthcare issues, just to name a few. Last year, our Labor and Employment Practice received a top-tier ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” and The Best Lawyers in America®. The practice was also nominated as a “Go-To Law Firm” for Fortune 500 Companies by American Lawyer Media. In a recent survey of the Fortune 250 legal departments by The National Law Journal, Maynard Cooper was listed in “Who Represents Corporate America” in the area of Labor and Employment. Maynard Cooper was also chosen as a “Go-To” Law Firm® in the area of Labor and Employment in a recent survey of the Top 500 U.S. Companies by Corporate Counsel magazine.
Maynard Cooper represents employers of all sizes throughout the U.S. The firm has defended cases in over twenty-six different states in the last two years. Where appropriate and in the client’s best interest, our attorneys work in concert with the Employment Law Alliance, Lex Mundi and/or the Southern Law Network of firms to provide our clients with the best possible representation in the most efficient manner.
Maynard Cooper is a full-service business law firm. The depth and breadth of the firm’s legal services include litigation, corporate law, banking and commercial law, real estate law, securities law, labor and employment, antitrust, public finance, trusts and estates, government contracts and bid protests, governmental affairs and relations, international trade regulation, admiralty and maritime, state and federal tax, intellectual property, health care, environmental law and bankruptcy law.
Maynard Cooper represents a broad and diverse client base, including international, national, state and local business entities. We also represent new business ventures, non-profit organizations, and mid-sized companies in emerging and established industries. In response to today’s global economy, the firm represents numerous clients who are based outside of the United States and clients who are actively engaged in various business capacities in jurisdictions outside the United States.
Maynard Cooper is the exclusive member firm in Alabama for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. As part of the Lex Mundi global network, we provide our clients with global access and connectivity to more than 160 firms and 21,000 attorneys in 600 offices around the world. Working with other Lex Mundi firms, we are able to seamlessly handle our clients’ most challenging cross-border transactions and disputes.
“Labor and employment practice leader John Holmes “is smart, knowledgeable and very perceptive,” remark clients, and another adds: “He is thoughtful, responsive, and most of all extremely effective at providing practical, useful advice.” He is well regarded for his expertise in representing employers in a range of employment disputes including breach of contracts, Title VII matters and discrimination litigation.”