The Gardner Firm
Our firm's mission is to honestly pursue the lawful goals of our clients, and to give our clients wise advice. All law firms should have this as their mission. Our firm is different from most, however, in the clients whom we serve and the goals that we pursue for them. This gives our firm its distinctive past, present, and future.
Rather than serving the entrenched interests of those in power, our commitment lies primarily with those who pursue justice. Some of our clients are people who have banded together to strengthen their collective voice: the labor unions, the political associations, the class-action representatives, all of whom know that many individuals working together can accomplish things that no one can do alone. Others of our clients, by contrast, are facing lonely fights against powerful opponents: they are workers, employees and consumers who have been injured or cheated, and need an ally and advocate in their battle to obtain what is lawfully theirs.
We believe that our work, in these matters, is not only to the benefit of our clients; beyond that, it serves the general public good and improves the society in which we live.
Labor and Employment Law
Union-Side Labor Law
Representing Unions and their members is the cornerstone of our firm. Our Union clients are made up of employees in all industries, both public and private sector. We represent them throughout Alabama and the United States. If you are a Union official interested in becoming a client of our firm, please contact Cecil Gardner FREE consultation at (251) 433-8100.
Civil Rights and Employment Law
Our practice in the area of Civil Rights and Employment Law includes a variety of cases, all ultimately centered on the law's protection of equal rights. A substantial part of this practice is employment law. We regularly litigate cases of employment discrimination, under all of the major federal statutes in that area including "Title VII" (forbidding discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, sex, religion, and national origin), the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). If you have questions about an employment matter, please contact us for a FREE consultation at (251) 433-8100.
The WARN Act
The Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) provides protection to workers, their families, and their communities by requiring larger employers to provide a written layoff notice at least 60 in advance of a plant closing, facility shut down, or mass layoff. Our lawyers have successfully pursued WARN Act cases in dozens of states across the United States. You can find out more about our WARN Act practice at warnadvocate.com. If you have questions about the WARN Act, please contact Mary Olsen for a FREE consultation at (251) 433-8100.
Health and Welfare Fund Management
Health and Welfare Fund Management
The Gardner Firm works to protect the rights and interests of employees who participate in benefit plans through various Taft-Hartley pension and welfare funds. If you are an official of a pension or health fund, please contact Vance McCrary or Cecil Gardner for a consultation at (251) 433-8100.
Asbestosis and Mesothelioma
If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma (a type of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos) and think that you may have been exposed to asbestos in the past, please contact us at (251) 433-8100. It may not matter if you worked directly with asbestos or not. Many family members are exposed to asbestos fibers through contact with their relatives who worked with asbestos products on the job.
If you have been affected by an unsafe or defective product, you may have a cause of action against the companies that designed, manufactured, sold, or furnished that product. The Gardner Firm aggressively pursues manufacturers or others who peddle faulty or unsafe products and equipment. Please contact Vance McCrary or Reggie Copeland at (251) 433-8100 for a FREE confidential consultation.
If you have been injured in a car accident, injured on the job, injured as the result of a slip and fall, or injured in any way as a result of someone's negligence or recklessness, The Gardner Firm is prepared to assist you with your case. Please contact us at (251) 433-8100 for a FREE confidential consultation.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse takes many forms, and building a nursing home abuse case takes experience and resources. If you, or a relative, are a nursing home resident, and suspect that abuse has occurred, please contact Reggie Copeland for a FREE confidential consultation.
Class Action Cases
One of the most important legal developments of modern times has been the rise of the class action, as a tool by which individuals with small or moderately-sized legal claims could band together in a collective suit against a larger and more powerful foe that had wronged them all in a similar fashion. For instance, class actions have become important in the fields of consumer law (regarding products and services that are deceptively advertised, or negligently made), securities law (regarding such things as manipulation of stock prices), employment law (regarding discrimination, failure to give notice of plant closings (WARN Act), and other sorts of group-wide harms to employees), and other areas. Our firm has become a leader in this area throughout the nation. If you believe that you know of a matter deserving class action treatment, Please contact Mary Olsen or Vance McCrary for a FREE confidential consultation at (251) 433-8100.
General Civil Litigation
Members of our firm also have experience in a wider variety of civil litigation, on a wide range of topics. This includes some unique and complex cases, cases involving frauds, breaches of contract and economic injuries, family law matters, and some "insurance defense" matters. If you are seeking an attorney in a matter not covered by any of the other practice areas on this page, please contact David Tufts for a FREE consultation at (251) 433-8100.
The Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct require the following disclaimer: 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.