David J. Middlebrooks

David is a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Lehr, Middlebrooks, Price & Vreeland. He has over 20 years of experience in counseling and defending employers in employment litigation. David has tried jury verdict cases involving every aspect of the employment relationship. He has litigated cases involving claims of sexual harassment, retaliatory discharge, disability, age, religion, race and sex discrimination, wage and hour, unfair labor practices, as well as cases involving claims of multiple chemical sensitivity, invasion of privacy, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, and breach of contract. David assists employers in problem prevention and legal analysis or complex employment issues. Additionally, prior to law school, he worked for seven years in Industrial and Labor Relations for Fortune 500 companies.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

  • Participation in numerous mediations, arbitrations, and negotiations involving a wide range of issues
  • Association of Professional Arbitrators and Mediators Panelist

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training

Negotiation techniques and course work concerning resolving disputes by addressing the needs of the parties to a dispute.

Professional Licenses

  • U.S. District Court: Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Claims

Memberships, Honors, Professional Associations

  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as Leading Employment Attorney, Chambers, USA
  • Named in Best Lawyers in America, 2005
  • Law School, Order of the Coif
  • Editorial Board, Alabama Law Review
  • American Inns of Court member


University of Alabama (BS, 1971; JD 1983); Cornell University (Masters in Industrial/Labor Relations, 1973)


Office located in Birmingham, Alabama

Areas of Concentration

Class Action, Contract, Insurance, Labor Disputes, Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Employee Disputes, Retaliation, Workers’ Compensation/LHWCA, Wrongful Discharge


  • Contributor, Alabama Employers Desk Manual, M. Lee Smith, 2005
  • Editor, Alabama Employment Law Letter
  • Author, An Alabama Employer’s Guide to Effective Employment Decisions