Dorman Walker

Partner Montgomery
(334) 269-3138
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Education
  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    J.D., 1987, Alabama Editor, Alabama Law Review, Hugo Black Scholar
  • Washington & Lee University
    B.S., 1978, Certificate in Commerce, cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1987
About Dorman
Dorman is recognized by his clients as an extremely self-motivated, intelligent, and conscientious lawyer. He can easily translate complex legal issues to others so they are easily understood.
Q&A
  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

    Much of my work is in the area of employment, and is split about 50:50 between private employers and governmental employers, who of course have to think about due process and other federal constitutional protections that do not directly affect private employers.

  • What do you find most exciting about your work?

    Part of what makes being a litigator so much fun is what you learn while working on a case – from the life cycle of mussels to the details of retirement plans to the finer points of manufacturing t-shirts and underwear to relations between county and municipal governments – the variety is endless. Learning how clients see the world and using that knowledge to protect their interests is enormously satisfying.

  • How are you involved in your community?
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
MORE ABOUT Dorman
  • Legislative Redistricting: Advised the Alabama Legislature in drawing new districts after the 2010 census. Currently representing legislative leadership in litigation challenging the new districts, which currently is before a three-judge federal court on remand from the United States Supreme Court.
  • Statutory Construction: Represent a municipality in litigation opposing the takeover of its solid waste facility by the government of an adjoining county, presenting issues of first impression to the Alabama Supreme Court, where the case is pending.
  • Mediations: Successfully represented numerous defendants in federal court-sponsored mediation, mostly in employment law, thereby ending cases economically and finally.
  • Non-compete Agreements: Represented former employee of a major manufacturer of undergarments to prevent overreaching in the enforcement of a non-compete agreement.
  • Appellate Work: Brought in by a department of Alabama government to handle the appeal of a case that was tried unsuccessfully, and succeeded in having most of the relief granted by the trial court thrown out.
  • Employment Law: Advised a client in the handling the unusually contentious and related terminations of unproductive C-level employees and in resulting lawsuits.
  • Certificates of Need: In a case of first impression, established that the CON Review Board does not have subject matter jurisdiction over CON applications which on their face are inconsistent with the State Health Plan.
  • Open Meetings Act: In a case of first impression, successfully represented a university against claims that it violated the Open Meetings Act, and established the right of its trustees to meet with counsel as an exception to the Act.
  • Class Actions: Multiple representations of governmental entities opposing or seeking relief from civil-rights class actions.
        Education
        • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1987, Alabama Editor, Alabama Law Review, Hugo Black Scholar
        • Washington & Lee University, B.S., 1978, Certificate in Commerce, cum laude
        Courts
        • Alabama Supreme Court
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
        • U.S. Supreme Court
        Bar Admissions
        • Alabama, 1987
        Professional Affiliations
        • Hugh Maddox Inn of Court, Past President
        • Federal Bar Association, Former Officer
        • Alabama State Bar
        Awards & Accolades
        • The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Health Care Law, Labor Law – Management
        • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year 2016, Montgomery, Employment Law – Management 
        Community Involvement
        • Cloverdale Playhouse, Founding Chair
        • Landmarks Association, Former Board Member
        • St. Peter’s Church, Parish Council, Former Member
        • Montgomery Academy, Trustee and Vice-President (former), Counsel to the Board (current)
        • Medical Aids Outreach Of Alabama