Lawyer Profile

J.R. Brooks
Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne
2101 West Clinton Avenue, Suite 102
Huntsville, AL, 35805
Phone | 256-535-1100

Law School - University of Alabama School of Law
Bar Admission - 8/30/1971

Law Office Locations: Huntsville

Geographic Areas Served: Madison, Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Limestone, Lawrence, Winston, Morgan, Cullman, Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Cherokee


J.R. Brooks has extensive experience in corporate and civil rights litigation and represents a number of school systems in north Alabama and several corporate clients. He has represented clients in a broad range of litigation involving federal and state issues.

J.R. Brooks has represented a variety of public- and private-sector employers in Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and wrongful termination claims. He has also represented several corporate clients in complex commercial litigation involving, for example, contract disputes over computers and computer components, misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, and violation of noncompetition agreements.

Areas of Practice:
Employment Discrimination
Constitutional and Civil Rights Litigation
Employment Litigation
Technology Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Business Litigation
Employment Law
Education and School Law
Appellate Practice
Public Employment

Alabama, 1971
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Tax Court
United States District Courts
Northern District of Alabama
Middle District of Alabama
All Alabama State Courts

American Bar Association
Alabama Bar Association
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
President, 1989-90
Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys
State President, 1987-88


J.D., 1971, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Member, Bench and Bar
    Staff Member, Alabama Law Review

B.A., 1968, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Honors and Awards:
J.R. Brooks was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2003. He is listed in the areas of commercial litigation, education law, and labor and employment litigation.

Mr . Brooks was named an Alabama Super Lawyer by for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.

In December 2004, J.R.Brooks received a meritorious service award for his longtime service to the Alabama Association of School Boards.

Community Involvement:

Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Chair, State Government Committee
Member, Board of Directors, Huntsville Hospital Foundation
Member, Huntsville Chapter, National Conference of Christians and Jews
Member, Board of Directors, Leadership Alabama


Member, Alabama Commission on Higher Education, 2000-2009
    Vice Chair, 2004-05
    Chair, 2006-2009

Member, Panel of Neutrals
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

United States Attorney, Northern District of Alabama, 1977-81

Law Clerk for a U.S. District Court Judge Frank H. McFadden, 1972


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