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Dorman Walker

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  • 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.
  • 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?

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  • 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. 



      Speaking Engagements


        • 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
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh 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
        • Benchmark Litigation, Labor & Employment Star-South
        • The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Employment Law – Management, Health Care Law, Labor Law – Management
          • Lawyer of the Year 2016, 2019, 2021, 2023, 2024
        • 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