Birmingham office: 205.980.5888
Huntsville office: 256.532.1957

Julie D. Pearce

Shareholder

21 years experience

Phone: 205.980.5888

Fax: 205.980.1098

About

Julie is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and a lifelong Gamecocks fan. Julie was a member of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society Board of Directors from 2000 until 2011, completing two terms as President of the Board, and she also served as President of the Lenoir- Rhyne University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Julie also completed two terms on the Lenoir-Rhyne University Board of Visitors and was a longtime national officer for Sigma Kappa Sorority. Currently, Julie is a member of the Executive Boards for the Junior League of Birmingham and the Birmingham Track Club, as well as a newly re- appointed member of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society Board of Directors. She and her family attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Julie is an avid distance runner and a weekend soccer mom who enjoys spending time with her family, including their extremely spoiled dog and slightly neurotic cat.

Practice Areas

Appellate advocacy, complex & commercial litigation, construction litigation, employment litigation, general civil litigation, insurance coverage, insurance fraud & bad faith, nursing home litigation, products liability, premises liability, professional liability, research & scientific misconduct, workers' compensation.

Education

  • B.A., cum laude, Lenoir-Rhyne College (1994)
  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (1997)
Reported Cases & Notable Trials
Honors & Awards
Courts & Professional Associations
Speeches & Publications

Reported Cases

  • Ex parte Ford Motor Co., et al., 73 So. 3d 597 (Ala. 2011)

  • Williams v. Town of White Hall, 450 F. Supp. 2d 1300 (M. D. Ala. 2006)

  • Holmes v. Freightliner, LLC, 237 F. Supp 2d 690 (M. D. Ala. 2002)

  • Coffey v. Moore, 948 So. 2d 544 (Ala. 2006)

  • Ex parte T. O., 898 So. 2d 706 (Ala. 2004)

  • McCray v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Ins. Co., 892 So. 2d 363 (Ala. 2004)

  • Miller v. Archstone Communities Trust, 797 So. 2d 1099 (Ala. Civ. App. 2001)

Notable Trials

  • State Farm v. Sandefer, Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama, CV 08-902529

  • Chappel v. Pleasant Valley Quick Stop, Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Alabama, CV 08-244

  • McCray v. State Farm, Circuit Court of Blount County, Alabama, CV 2002-027

  • Broadkorb v. Willis, Circuit Court of Fayette County, Alabama, CV 98-046

  • Vaughn v. Willis, Circuit Court of Fayette County, Alabama, CV 98-127 (consolidated)

Professional

  • Named to B-Metro Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list, 2017

  • Listed in Birmingham BIZ Magazine’s “Top Women Lawyers” of 2016

  • Listed in B-Metro’s Top Women Lawyers of 2016

  • Named to B-Metro Magazine’s list of Top Women Attorneys, 2015

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Alabama Super Lawyers magazine, 2011

  • Distinguished Service Award, Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, 2003

  • Member, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Cumberland School of Law

  • Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

  • Member, Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board

  • Semifinalist, Robert B. Donworth Freshman Moot Court Competition

  • Cordell Hull Legal Research and Writing Teaching Fellow

  • Senior Class Secretary, Student Bar Association

Lenoir-Rhyne College

  • Presidential Honors Scholar

  • Who’s Who

  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

  • Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society

  • Senior Class President, Student Government Association

  • Judicial Review Board Member, 1990-1994

  • Best All Around Senior Woman, 1994

  • Greek Woman of the Year, 1994

  • Sigma Kappa Sorority (held offices of President, Vice-President and Recording Secretary)

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

  • Alabama State Bar Association

  • Birmingham Bar Association

  • Shelby County Bar Association

  • Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association Board of Directors, 2002-2008, Treasurer (2005-2006), Chair, Projects Committee (2002-2003)

Courts

  • Admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Alabama; United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama 1997

Speeches and Publications

  • Co-Author, Alabama State Claim Handling Guidelines, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), 2013

  • Co-author, Issues in Personal Injury Practice in Alabama, Barristers Educational Services, 2012

  • Guest Lecturer, Ethics and Scientific Publications doctoral-level course, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Litigation Skills: A Short Course for Paralegals, 2010

  • Document Production and Organization in Alabama, Lorman Education Services, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006

  • Alabama Discovery Skills, Lorman Education Services, 2005

  • Discovery Skills for Legal Staff, Lorman Education Services 2004

  • Effective Legal Writing for Paralegals in Alabama, Institute for Paralegal Education, 2000

  • Pro Ami Primer: A Practical Guide to Court-Approved Settlements and Conservatorships, Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin, Spring 36-37, 1999

  • Recent Development, Sexual Harassment: Should Schools Be Held Liable for Peer Sexual Harassment Under Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972? Am. J. Trial Advoc. 219, 1996