Professional Profile

  • Member, Alabama Bar Association
  • Member, Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama Super Lawyers- 2010 Rising Star (Labor and Employment)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers- 2012 Rising Star (Labor and Employment)

Taffi Smith Stewart

Shareholder

BIO

Taffi is a Shareholder and heads LGWM's Labor and Employment Practices Group. Taffi has a wide range of litigation experience in both state and federal courts throughout Alabama and before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Taffi has successfully represented non-profit organizations, municipal organizations, educational institutions, financial institutions, manufacturing facilities, professional employer organizations, franchise owners, general contractors, government contractors, security companies, retail entities, restaurant owners, grocers, hotel owners, trucking companies and other local and national businesses against claims of race discrimination, age discrimination, gender discrimination, national origin discrimination, disability discrimination, religious discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation under the various federal and state employment statutes; claims of retaliatory discharge under Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation Act; claims for violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; and individual claims and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Taffi also assists businesses with internal investigations, EEOC investigations, preparation of employment policies and procedures, diversity training, employee discipline decisions and other personnel and compliance issues.

The remainder of Taffi’s practice is devoted to Professional Liability. Taffi has represented professionals in malpractice actions and professionals and businesses in actions involving allegations of fraud, personal injury, wrongful death and breach of contract.

Articles/Publications
“The Distortion of Criminal Trials Through Televised Proceedings,” 21 Ala. Law & Psychol. Rev. (1997).

 

CASES OF NOTE

 

  • Represented trucking company in race discrimination suit pursued by the EEOC and obtained a judgment in favor of trucking company.
  • Represents large blood bank against collective action under the FLSA in which more than 140 current and former employees opted in.
  • Represented civic center against whom four plaintiffs alleged various claims of race discrimination and obtained jury verdict in favor of civic center.
     
  • Represented international company providing quality control services to the automotive industry against claims of race discrimination and retaliation by a former employee and obtained a jury verdict in favor of the company.
  • Represented restauranteur against collective action under FLSA by tipped employees.
     
  • Represented large commercial real estate firm against claims of sexual harassment in which its Chief Executive Officer was the alleged harasser.
     
  • Represented steel fabrication facility with regard to claims of fraud and breach of contract and obtained reversal of erroneous jury verdict against facility from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
     
  • Represented companies and business owners with regard to claims of fraud asserted by more than 225 homeowners and club members relating to the closing of a local area golf course.

REPORTED CASES

  • Allen v. Stephens, 875 So.2d 1207 (Ala. Civ. App. 2003).
     
  • Ex parte Western Mental Health Center, 884 So.2d 835 (Ala. 2003).
     
  • General Southern Industries v. Shub, 300 Fed.Appx. 723, 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 23921 (11th Cir. Nov. 18, 2008).
     
  • Mayflower National Life Insurance Company v. Thomas, 894 So.2d 637 (Ala. 2004).
     
  • Nichols v. Security Engineers, Inc., No. 08-0616-KD-M, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104298 (S.D. Ala. Nov. 9, 2009).
     
  • Wilson v. Coman, 284 F. Supp. 2d 1319 (M.D. Ala. 2003).

Telephone:
205-967-8822

Email:
tstewart@lgwmlaw.com

Fax:
(205) 967-2380

Address:
880 Montclair Road
Suite 100
Birmingham, 35213


Assistant Info:
Connie Shannon
cshannon@lgwmlaw.com

Alabama Employment & Labor Attorney
rated by Super Lawyers

EDUCATION

    University of Alabama School of Law
    J.D., 1998
    - Editor, Law & Psychology Review
    - Member, Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society

    University of Alabama
    BS, magna cum laude, Commerce and Business Administration (Finance), 1995
    - Recipient, Presidential Scholar Award
    - Recipient, Joe M. Hinds, Jr. Endowed Scholar Award

ADMITTED

  • All Alabama State Courts
  • The United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • The United States Circuit Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits