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  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1990; Alabama Law Review; Hugo Black L. Scholar; Sam H. Hamner Scholarship; Urban State Government Award
  • Jacksonville State University, B.A., 1987, with distinction and special honors
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  • Alabama, 1990
  • Mississippi, 2003
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  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • 5th Cir.
  • 11th Cir.
  • M.D. Ala.
  • N.D. Ala.
  • S.D. Ala.
  • N.D. Miss.
  • S.D. Miss.
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Emily Bonds
Partner
One Federal Place, Suite 1100
1819 5th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
205.244.5235 tel
205.244.5435 fax

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Ms. Bonds has represented clients in a wide array of commercial litigation, including professional liability litigation (agents and brokers, directors and officers, and other professionals), products liability, mass torts, class action litigation, banking and financial services litigation, and coverage litigation. Ms. Bonds' practice extends to all state and federal courts in Alabama and Mississippi. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama; and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi. She is also admitted to practice before the 5th and 11th Circuit Courts of Appeal.

In addition to her varied litigation experience, Ms. Bonds is a trained mediator listed on the roster maintained by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR). In 2014, she became one of the few lawyers in Alabama trained to conduct foreclosure mediations in connection with the ACDR's mortgage modification mediation program. Ms. Bonds is also approved by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. 

Ms. Bonds earned her bachelor of arts degree, with distinction and special honors, from Jacksonville State University, and her juris doctor degree from The University of Alabama School of Law. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, and Litigation – Municipal. Ms. Bonds is also listed in the 2014 edition of Alabama Super Lawyers in several areas including, Professional Liability, Civil Litigation and Products Liability. 

Ms. Bonds is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Alabama State Bar, American Bar Association, The Mississippi Bar, and the Birmingham Bar Association. Ms. Bonds currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in the 2016 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers in the areas of Professional Liability: Defense, Civil Litigation: Defense, and Personal Injury–Products: Defense (listed annually since 2012)
  • Listed as one of the Top 25 female attorneys statewide by Alabama Super Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the area of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, and Litigation - Municipal (listed annually since 2012)
  • Named one of "Top 40 Under 40" by the Birmingham Business Journal (2004)
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by the Birmingham Legal Secretaries Association (2007)
  • Named one of Birmingham's "Top Attorneys" 2012 in the area of Insurance Defense by Birmingham Magazine
  • Named "2013 Alumna of the Year" by Jacksonville State University
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Matters

  • Maloof v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co., et al., 60 So. 3d 263 (Ala. Sept. 30, 2010)
  • Boone v. Health Strategies, Inc., 2007 WL 2332696 (M.D. Ala. Aug. 15, 2007)
  • Philadelphia American Life Insurance Company v. Bender, 893 So. 2d 1104 (Ala. 2004)
  • Densmore v. Jefferson County, 813 So. 2d 844 (Ala. 2001)
  • English v. Capital Risk Management, 2001 WL 910412 (M.D. Ala. 2001)
  • Ex Parte Foster, 758 So. 2d 516 (Ala. 1999)
  • Georgia Power Company v. Partin, 727 So. 2d 2 (Ala. 1998)

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  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association (Executive Committee, 2012 to date; Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution, President, 2012 to date, President-Elect, 2011, Secretary, 2009–2010)
  • Brookwood Baptist Church
  • Jacksonville State University Alumni Association (President, 2010–2011; Past President, 2012)
  • Mississippi Bar
  • Resolute Systems Panels of Mediators & Arbitrators for Alabama and Mississippi