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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
  • Employment Law Litigation: Advised a university client in the handling the unusually contentious and related terminations of unproductive C-level employees and in resulting lawsuits, and in following litigation, in which summary judgments were awarded. 
  • Higher Education Administrative Proceeding: Successfully advised Board of Trustees in conducting a hearing that ensured due process in terminating hearing of University President 
  • Redistricting and Voting Rights Litigation: Advised the Alabama Legislature in drawing new districts after the 2010 census, and represented Legislative leadership from 2010 to 2017 in the subsequent litigation, including trial before a three-judge federal court and an appeal to the Unites States Supreme Court. 
  • Complex Litigation: Representing circuit and district judges and county clerks in class actions challenging bail procedures. 
  • Contract Challenge: Successfully challenged multi-million dollar bid award by a State agency. 
  • Mediations: Successfully represented numerous defendants in federal court-sponsored mediation, mostly in employment law, thereby ending cases economically and finally.
  • Open Meetings Act Litigation: 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.
  • 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 thrown out most of the relief granted by the trial court.
  • Non-compete Agreement Litigation: Successfully represented former employee of a major manufacturer of undergarments to prevent overreaching in the enforcement of a non-compete agreement.
  • Policy Review: Reviewed and updated policies for a major Alabama-based international manufacturer. 
  • Certificates of Need Litigation: 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.
     
        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
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
        • U.S. Supreme Court
        • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
        • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
        • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
        Bar Admissions
        • Alabama, 1987
        Professional Affiliations
        • Hugh Maddox Inn of Court, Past President
        • Federal Bar Association, Former Officer
        • Alabama State Bar
        • Alabama State Bar Task Force on Legal Incubators, Chair
        • Alabama State Bar Task Force on Legal Education, Former Chair
        • Montgomery Bar Association Grievance Committee, Former Chair
        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
        • Mid-South Super Lawyers
        Community Involvement
        • Cloverdale Playhouse, Founding Chair
        • Landmarks Association, Former Board Member
        • Montgomery Academy, Former Trustee and Vice-President, Counsel to the Board (current)
        • Medical Aids Outreach Of Alabama – pro bono work
        • Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless – pro bono work