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Shannon Holliday

Shannon
Holliday

Phone: 334-420-2943
Fax: 334-834-3172
holliday@copelandfranco.com

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Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School (1994)
  • B.A., Princeton University (1989)

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Post-secondary Education Law
  • Defamation and First Amendment Law
  • Class Action Defense
  • Appellate Litigation

Associations & Community Involvement

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Montgomery County Bar
  • American Inns of Court, Hugh Maddox Chapter (past member)

Experience, Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellowship (1996-1998)
  • Law Clerk to Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1994-1995)
  • Law Clerk to Honorable Phyllis Kravitch, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1995-1996)
  • Yale Law Journal (1994-1995)

Selected Reported Cases

  • Ex parte Huntingdon College, -- So. 3d --, 2020 WL 1482371 (Ala. 2020)
  • Rudolph v. City of Montgomery, 2020 WL 2366963 (M.D. Ala. 2020)
  • Carter v. City of Montgomery, 2019 WL 7170449 (M.D. Ala. 2019)
  • Coral Ridge Ministries Media, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc., 406 F. Supp. 3d 1258 (M.D. Ala. 2019)
  • McCullough v. City of Montgomery, 2019 WL 2112963 (M.D. Ala. 2019)
  • Southern Field Maintenance & Fabrication LLC v. Killough, 2019 WL 360515 (M.D. Ala. 2019)
  • McCullough v. Finley, 907 F.3d 1324 (11th Cir. 2018)
  • Johnson v. City of Montgomery, 2018 WL 1352164 (M.D. Ala.2018) and 2018 WL 1354793 (M.D. Ala. 2018)
  • Pace v. Alfa Mutual Insur. Co., 2016 WL 4419290 (M.D. Ala. 2016)
  • Ex parte Wayne Farms, LLC, 210 So.3d 586 (Ala. 2016)
  • Jones v. City of Clanton, 2015 WL 5387219 (M.D. Ala. 2015)
  • Cooper v. City of Dothan, 2015 WL 10013003 (M.D. Ala. 2015)
  • Mitchell v. City of Montgomery, 2014 WL 11099432 (M.D. Ala. 2014)
  • Cleveland v. City of Montgomery, 2014 WL 6461900 (M.D. Ala. 2014)
  • Citizen Trust v. Keddie-Hill, 68 So.3d 99 (Ala. 2011)
  • Head v. Pitts Enterprises, Inc., 2010 WL 2773376 (M.D. Ala. 2010)
  • Puckett v. McPhillips Shinbaum, 2010 WL 1729096 (M.D. 2010)
  • Howard v. Wood, 47 So.3d 1280 (Ala. 2010)
  • Byrne v. Galliher, 39 So.3d 1049 (Ala. 2009)
  • White Smiles USA Inc. v. Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama, 36 So.3d 9 (Ala. 2009)
  • Gulf State Park Authority v. Gulf Beach Hotel, Inc., 22 So.3d 432 (Ala. 2009)
  • Wood v. Booth, 990 So.2d 314, 2008 WL 483710 (Ala. 2008)
  • Ex parte Montgomery County Dept. of Human Resources, 982 So.2d 527, 2007 WL 2812432 (Ala.Civ.App. 2007)
  • Express Enterprise, Inc. v. Waites, 979 So.2d 754, 2007 WL 1953899 (Ala.2007)

  • Gustafson v. Johns, 213 Fed. Appx. 872, 2007 WL 63999 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • HealthSouth Corp. v. Jefferson County Tax Assessor, 978 So.2d 737, 2006 WL 3041489 (Ala.Civ.App. 2006)
  • Town of Pike Road v. City of Montgomery, 57 So.3d 693 (Ala., 2006)
  • Gustafson v. Johns, 434 F.Supp.2d 1246, 2006 WL 1409083, 65 Fed.R.Serv.3d 575, (S.D.Ala. 2006)
  • Singleton v. Alabama Democratic Party, 2006 WL 952335 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • Eslava v. Gulf Telephone Co., Inc., 418 F.Supp.2d 1314, 2006 WL 515601, 37 Employee Benefits Cas. 1048 (S.D.Ala. 2006)
  • Austin v. Alabama Check Cashiers Ass'n, 936 So.2d 1014, 2005 (Ala. 2005)
  • Regions Bank v. Blount Parrish & Co., 2004 WL 3832307 (M.D.Ala. 2004)
  • Dow v. Alabama Democratic Party, 897 So.2d 1035 (Ala. 2004)
  • Swanson v. Pitt, 330 F.Supp.2d 1269 (M.D.Ala. 2004)
  • Henson v. HealthSouth Medical Center, Inc., 891 So.2d 863 (Ala. 2004)
  • Kershaw v. Kershaw, 848 So.2d 942, 2002 WL 31474192 (Ala. 2002)
  • Lewis v. Oakley, 847 So.2d 307, 2002 WL 31221432 (Ala. 2002)
  • Bess v. Check Express, 294 F.3d 1298, 2002 WL 1337304 (11th Cir. 2002)
  • State v. Parker, 840 So.2d 131, 2002 WL 1302529 (Ala. 2002)
  • Rice v. English, 835 So.2d 157, 2002 WL 1052048 (Ala. 2002)
  • Ex parte CUNA Mut. Ins. Soc., 822 So.2d 379, 2001 WL 1450652 (Ala. 2001)
  • Ex parte McLeod, 841 So.2d 260, 2001 WL 700576, 144 Lab.Cas P 59,419, 175 Ed. Law Rep. 827 (Ala. 2001)
  • Doe v. Pryor, 61 F.Supp.2d 1235, 1999 WL 688135 (M.D.Ala. 1999)
  • Moore v. City of Montgomery, 720 So.2d 1030, 1998 WL 130226 (Ala.Crim.App. 1998)
  • Smallwood v. State Dept. of Human Resources, 716 So.2d 684, 1998 WL 67635 (Ala.Civ.App. 1998)

Attorney Profile

While Shannon’s litigation experience is diverse, her practice has been focused for several years on three major areas.   

 

Shannon works extensively in the field of civil rights defense, including representing municipalities and other governmental entities and government employees in defending both class and individual-plaintiff actions.  This work is largely before the federal court.  Shannon’s goal in representing government entities and employees is both to defend her clients in court and to serve in an advisory capacity to help them avoid the adverse impact of costly litigation when possible.

 

In addition, Shannon has represented post-secondary institutions on a regular basis.  Since starting at Copeland Franco, she has both advised, in an outside counsel role, and represented these clients in cases involving various issues, including Title IX, Title VII, contract matters, and internal governance.

 

Shannon also has a true passion for representing small and mid-sized businesses and nonprofits – entities that often do not have in-house counsel – in a very close advisory capacity and in litigation.  On the litigation front, she understands the high stakes litigation can often have for a small or mid-sized business and works closely wth her clients.  She values being able to give advice that both takes into account her understanding of a business’s immediate needs and also, ideally, saves the client time and money.  Adding value to her clients’ businesses is her priority.  Her work runs the gamut from providing representation in connection with EEOC investigations and employment litigation, to writing and editing employee handbooks, working with the client to structure separation agreements, to handling defamation actions, to handling business litigation involving non-compete agreements and the like.

 

 

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