Donna Brooks, Of Counsel (Birmingham)

Formerly a partner with a boutique labor and employment law firm in Birmingham, Alabama, Donna has sixteen years of experience in private practice, with nearly twelve years exclusively defending private and public employers in civil rights litigation focusing on discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. She currently focuses her practice on client counseling, conducting workplace investigations, training and legal writing.

Donna is passionate about training supervisors and managers on how to comply with the law without having them feel overwhelmed or resentful. She loves witnessing how supervisors often dread entering a training session and end up having a great time with her engaging approach. Her goal is to hear a version of that familiar quote she’s heard so often as people leave: “I thought this would be boring, but it was great!”

Donna is also sought after for her highly-responsive client counseling, and she will always look for the best way for her clients to achieve their objectives while still acting lawfully, strategically, and avoiding risk. Donna brings a unique component to the counseling table, as she has most recently worked in-house with her husband to grow their company The Knight School and expand its operation throughout the nation. As a result, she has faced the real-life, practical decision-making that all businesses work through.

Donna completed her undergraduate degree at Huntingdon College, where she majored in English and minored in Speech & Drama. She then went on to obtain her law degree from The University of Alabama in 1997 where she was Lead Articles Editor of the Alabama Law Review, Outstanding Oral Advocate in the Campbell Moot Court Competition, and a member of the Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society.