Julie D. Pearce

Shareholder

22 years experience

Phone: 205.980.5888

Fax: 205.980.1098

About

Julie is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and a lifelong Gamecocks fan. She is a member of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society Board of Directors and the Children’s Policy Council of Jefferson County Board of Directors, as well as a member of the Birmingham Track Club Executive Board (Editor, The Vulcan Runner newsletter) and the Junior League of Birmingham. Julie is a past president of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and she also completed two terms on the University’s Board of Visitors. She was a long time national officer for Sigma Kappa Sorority and currently serves on its bylaws committee. Julie and her family attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Julie is an avid distance runner and a weekend soccer mom who enjoys renovation projects, stalking Pinterest, and spending time with her family.

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

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

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

  • 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)

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

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

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

  • Brewer v. Atkinson, 2018 Ala. Civ. App. LEXIS 39, 2018 WL 1222725 (March 9, 2018)

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 Attorneys" List, 2017-2020

  • 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)

Community

  • Recipient of the Dorothy Thames Schwartz Community Impact Award, Junior League of Birmingham, 2020

  • Recipient of the Excellence in Running Journalism Award, Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), 2016

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