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©2019 by Vulcan Employment Law Group LLC

*No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

Practice Areas

Vulcan Employment Law has an excellent record of handling all types of employment disputes, representing management, regularly engaging in employment and labor civil court cases and tribunal advocacy, as well as advising on sensitive severance issues, class and collective actions, whistleblower claims and more common employee disciplinary and grievance issues.


Our lawyers are also highly skilled at helping our clients effectively manage the employment and labor relationship with a client base that spans the hospitality, retail, restaurant, energy, manufacturing, transportation, industrial, technology, life sciences and healthcare business sectors.


Our areas of practice include:

  • Discrimination and harassment claims

  • Wage and hour compliance and litigation defense, including collective actions

  • Employment and labor litigation

  • Investigations of workplace issues and allegations

  • Reductions in force (WARN Act compliance)

  • Implementation of arbitration programs for employment disputes

  • ADA Title III public access matters

  • Whistleblower laws, retaliation claims and related investigations

  • Employee benefits and executive compensation

  • Employment policies and procedures

  • Judicial review advocacy

  • Implementation and enforcement of restrictive covenants (non-compete/non-solicitation agreements)

  • Pay and employment equity

  • Wage and hour classification and pay practices assessments

  • Collective bargaining issues including trade union recognition and negotiations

  • Privacy law and access to information

  • Service agreements, contracts of employment and HR handbooks

  • Workplace health and safety incident response and education, including OSHA fatality and catastrophe matters

  • Workplace relations disputes and strategies










Christopher W. Deering,  Principal of Vulcan Employment Law


Mr. Deering has extensive experience representing employers in successfully avoiding and defending a broad range of employment-related claims. His focus areas include employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation and harassment, whistleblower issues, restrictive covenants, wage-hour matters (including class and collective actions) and workplace safety.  Mr. Deering has litigated such matters throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.


In addition, Mr. Deering regularly provides counseling to employers on matters of employee discipline and termination, enforcement and implementation of employment policies, workplace investigations, and reductions in force.  He has written extensively on issues in the labor and employment law field, and has been a regular contributing chapter editor of Employment Discrimination Law, The Developing Labor Law, The Fair Labor Standards Act, and The Family & Medical Leave Act (BNA Books), the principal treatises devoted to labor and employment law issues in the United States.


Mr. Deering is recognized as one of the nation’s top labor and employment attorneys in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers in America (2013-present) and Mid-South SuperLawyer ratings for Employment Litigation (2014-present).  He graduated magna cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law (Samford University).  While in law school, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Cumberland Law Review, was a judge on the Moot Court Board, and was selected as a Cordell Hull Fellow. He is also a member of Curia Honoris, Phi Delta Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honorary, and is a charter member of the Birmingham Inn of the American Inns of Court.


Anecdotal Experience

  • Successfully represented clients in numerous FLSA (wage & hour) collective actions.

  • Won summary judgment in numerous discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases under federal and state law for clients in many business industries, including manufacturing, construction, healthcare, retail, hospitality, utility, education, transportation, among others.

  • Successfully upheld the enforcement of a restrictive covenant at the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Successfully defended multi-plaintiff sexual harassment and race discrimination cases.

  • Successfully secured a TRO against a client’s competitor under the Alabama Trade Secrets Act.

  • Successfully represented clients in preliminary injunction hearings and cases involving business competition and trade secrets.

  • Successfully defended employer-clients in OSHA catastrophe and fatality investigations, as well as OSHA citation contests.

  • Sustained claim of pre-emption of Alabama retaliatory discharge claim under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act.

  • Qui tam and retaliation claim representation of government contractor under federal False Claims Act.

  • Successfully defended employers in multiple whistleblower cases under various federal statutes



Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University 

Bachelor of Arts, Samford University


Admittance to Practice

State of Alabama

State of Florida

District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits

U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama

U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida

U.S. District Court, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas


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P.O.Box 55266

Birmingham, AL 35255

Tel:  205.910.5030


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©2024 by Vulcan Employment Law

*No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.

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