If you read or hear about a case alleging a violation of civil rights or civil liberties anywhere in the State of Alabama, chances are good that attorney Hank Sherrod is involved with the lawsuit. Hank’s office is located in Florence, Alabama but he handles civil rights, employment law and jail death cases throughout Alabama. Hank graduated with high honors from Birmingham-Southern College and then attended Vanderbilt University Law School where he served on the Vanderbilt Law Review and Order of the Coif. He is also a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College founded by legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence. Following law school, Hank moved to Texas and worked there for a while before settling in Florence where he started a law practice that has allowed him to focus on the areas of law that he is really passionate about. Hank is a founding board member of the Alabama affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association and has served as its President. He has served on the board of the ACLU of Alabama since 2005 and currently serves on the Legal Committee. I have talked to Hank over the phone on a number of occasions over the years but this is the first opportunity that I have had to sit down with him face to face and learn about his story.
This is a podcast where we end up talking a lot of law! That makes sense since attorney David Martin practices in the complicated and nuanced area of ERISA law. David and his firm are one of the few attorneys in the state of Alabama who practice in this specialized and, as I discovered, much needed area of law. As you’ll hear, David had a bit of a delayed path before going to law school. David’s law firm, the Martin Law Group, handles cases throughout Alabama and Mississippi. He attended the University of Alabama School of Law and did very well academically. David is well respected in his field of practice and has been named as an Alabama/Mid-South Super Lawyer for the past several years. I enjoyed sitting down with David for this podcast and getting to know him.