Burr & Forman LLP at a Glance


  • “Early access to great work”
  • “I can have a family life”
  • “I work with a great team of people”


  • “I wish some community involvement activities counted toward hours”
  • “The bonuses could be bigger”

About Burr & Forman LLP

Burr & Forman LLP is a Birmingham based firm with century old roots in the Southeast. Over the past 100 years, this full-service firm has grown to almost 300 attorneys with offices in five states--Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee--and nine cities. Burr's footprint extends beyond its office location. Its attorneys are licensed in 20 states and the District of Columbia, and the firm has representation in all 50 states.

Taking a Stand

At the turn of the 20th Century, Birmingham, Alabama was earning the nickname "Magic City," and Walker Percy and Augustus Benners were making some magic of their own. In 1905, the attorneys formed the partnership of Percy and Benners. The two would soon be joined by Borden Burr, in 1909, lending his much needed trial expertise to the firm. 

Burr proved to be a formidable trial lawyer, defending the Alabama Power Company against accusations that the company was responsible for malaria in Shelby County. Burr dismantled one of the plaintiff's star witnesses, finding the experience to be one of his most thrilling in the court room.

Members of the firm continued to speak their mind. In 1949, Benner drafted "The Great Papers," criticizing print media's use of paper mills because the mills polluted the Coosa River. Burr & Forman proved to be ahead of its time on other issues as well. During the 1950's, the firm advised the University of Alabama that the school would not be able to maintain segregation.

Although the name of the firm has changed over the past century, adopting its current moniker in 1986, its commitment to quality legal service has not wavered.

Health is Wealth

In addition to flexing its muscle in the healthcare, life, health & disability, and ERISA arenas and representing big name healthcare providers like Behavioral Health Systems, Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, and CareSouth Health System, Inc., Burr takes pride in the health of its employees as well.

In 2013, for the second year in a row, Burr's flagship office was named "Healthiest Employer" by the Birmingham Business Journal. The Orlando Business Journal also took note of the firm's Sunshine State office, naming Burr "Healthiest Employer" for 2013 in the Orlando area.

The firm began a wellness initiative in 2008, and has been working hard ever since to encourage its employees to live a healthy lifestyle. The firm boasts a wellness committee that puts together several wellness initiatives each year such as biometric health screenings, online health coaching, smoking cessation programs, and flu shots for employees and their spouses. The firm also offers its employees healthy lunch and snack options as well as access to fitness equipment. Burr's efforts are not going unnoticed, over 80 percent of the firm's workforce participates in at least one initiative. 

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Burr & Forman LLP

3100 SouthTrust Tower
420 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: (205) 251-3000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: W. "Lee" Thuston
  • Hiring Attorney: Bryance Metheny
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 270

  • Base Salary
    Firm did not provide salary information 

  • Summer Associate Offers
    14 out of 17 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Administrative Proceedings
    Alternative & Renewable Energy
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Avoidance Actions
    Banking & Financial Institution Disputes
    Business & Succession Planning
    Class Action
    Commercial & Corporate Finance
    Commercial Real Estate Finance
    Constitutional Law & First Amendment Disputes
    Construction Law
    Corporate Governance & Shareholder Disputes
    Debtor in Possession Financing
    Director & Officer Liability and Executive Compensation
    Distressed Mergers & Acquisitions
    Economic Development
    Employee Benefits
    Environmental, Land Use, Planning & Zoning
    Electronic Discovery
    Executive Compensation
    Financial Institution Regulation
    Financial Services Litigation
    Franchise & Sales Representation
    Franchising and Distributorship Litigation
    Government Investigations and Enforcement
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    Lender Liability
    Labor & Employment
    Life, Health & Disability / ERISA
    Mass Torts / Hazardous Substances
    Medical Malpractice
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Non-Compete & Trade Secrets
    Personal Injury
    Private Equity & Venture Capital
    Product Liability / Manufacturing & Sales Defects
    Professional Liability
    Real Estate
    Section 363 Sales
    Sports Law
    Tax Law
    Telecommunications & Media
    Trusts & Estates
    UCC Litigation
    Unfair Competition & False Advertising Litigation
    Whistleblowing, Retaliation, and Compliance
    Workouts & Restructurings

Major Office Locations

  • Birmingham, AL (HQ)
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Jackson, MS
  • Mobile, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Nashville, TN
  • Orlando, FL
  • Tampa, FL
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