Areas of Practice
  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    JD, 1990Alabama Law Review; Hugo Black L. Scholar; Sam H. Hamner Scholarship; Urban State Government Award

  • Jacksonville State University
    BA, with distinction and special honors, 1987
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
Court Admissions
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
Emily Bonds
Suite 1100
420 20th St N
Birmingham, AL 35203
205.244.5235 tel
205.244.5435 fax

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Emily Bonds is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group, focusing heavily on insurance-related disputes. She also represents clients in a broad spectrum of commercial matters.

Emily represents agents and brokers, directors and officers, other professionals, and business entities in professional liability, products liability, mass tort, class action, banking and financial services, insurance coverage, and other litigation. Her practice extends to all state and federal courts in Alabama and Mississippi.

In addition to her varied litigation experience, Emily is a trained mediator whose dispute-resolution skills assist her in representing all of her clients. Emily is also approved by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) as a Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. 


  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Professional Liability: Defense, Civil Litigation: Defense, and Personal Injury–Products: Defense (listed annually since 2012)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Top 25 Female Attorneys statewide
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation – Banking and Finance, and Litigation – Municipal (listed annually since 2012)
  • B-Metro Magazine, Top Flight Attorneys (2017) and Top Women Attorneys (2017-2018)
  • Birmingham Business Journal, "Top 40 Under 40" (2004)
  • Birmingham Legal Secretaries Association, "Lawyer of the Year" (2007)
  • Birmingham Magazine, "Top Attorneys," Insurance Defense, Birmingham, Alabama (2012)
  • Jacksonville State University, "2013 Alumna of the Year"
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Matters

  • Brawley v. Northwestern Mut. Life Ins. Co., 288 F. Supp. 3d 1277 (N.D. 2017)
  • Powell v. Gorham, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83858 (N.D. Ala. June 14, 2013)
  • City of Irondale v. City of Leeds, 122 So. 3d 1244 (Ala. 2013)
  • First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. Title2Land, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23502 (M.D. Ala. March 8, 2011)
  • Maloof v. John Hancock Life Insurance Co., et al., 60 So. 3d 263 (Ala. Sept. 30, 2010)
  • Blackburn v. Calhoun, 296 Fed. Appx. 788 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Blackburn v. Calhoun, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28720 (N.D. Ala. 2008)
  • 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)






  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee (2012); Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution, President (2012), 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