Henry F. (Hank) Sherrod III, P.C.

Alabama Civil Rights Trial Lawyer

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Henry F. Sherrod III ("Hank") is a 1986 summa cum laude graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. He received his law degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University, where he was on the law review and Order of the Coif. After clerking for U.S. Circuit Judge Patrick Higginbotham and practicing law in Dallas, Texas, Hank returned to Alabama. For over 15 years, he has been representing plaintiffs in civil rights cases against employers, governmental entities, and government officials.

He handles cases throughout north Alabama in state and federal court at both the trial and appeal levels. Hank's published cases include Harrison v. Benchmark Electronics Huntsville, 593 F.3d 1206 (11th Cir. 2010), which established standards related to pre-employment medical inquiries under the Americans with Disabilities Act; Danley v. Allen, 540 F.3d 1298 (11th Cir. 2008), which established standards related to the use of pepper spray on jail inmates; and Smith v. Allen, 502 F.3d 1255 (11th Cir. 2007), which addressed issues of first impression regarding the rights of prison inmates under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

He is one of the founding board members of the Alabama affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association and currently serves as its President. He has served on the board of the ACLU of Alabama since 2005 and currently serves on the Legal Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Discrimination - Employee Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Fair Employment Practices
  • Title VII Discrimination
  • Civil Rights Section 1983 Claims
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • WARN Act
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • Labor Law
  • Race Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Age Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights
  • Racial Harassment
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Employee Discipline
  • Employment Termination
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • Executive Severance Contracts
  • Reductions in Force
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Employee Privacy
  • Employer Intentional Torts
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employer Breach of Contract
  • Executive Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Prisoner Rights
  • Police Liability
  • Police Misconduct
  • Police Excessive Force
  • Police Brutality
  • Illegal Search and Seizure
  • False Arrest
  • False Imprisonment

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1990
  • Alabama, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, 1989
    Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    Honors: Order of the Coif
    Law Review: Vanderbilt Law Review, Associate Articles Editor
  • Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, 1986
    Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Honors and Awards

  • West Publishing Co. Book Award (One of Top 5 Persons in Class)
  • Am Jur Book Awards in Contracts I, Constitutional Law I, Administrative Law, Criminal Constitutional Law, and Accounting
  • Best Brief Award and Semifinalist, Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Moot Court Board
  • Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal Scholar
  • Andrew Ewing Scholar Finalist

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lauderdale County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Sections on Litigation, Labor and Employment Law
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law
  • State Bar of Texas
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • NELA - Alabama
    Founding Board Member and President (2005 - Present)
  • The National Police Accountability Project
  • American Association for Justice, Sections on Employment Rights and Civil Rights
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama
    Executive Board Member, Legal Committee Member, and Vice President

Past Employment Positions

  • Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, Dallas, Texas, Associate, 1990 - 1993
  • Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Law Clerk, 1989 - 1990

Birth Information

  • February 20, 1964, Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America

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Alabama civil rights, employment, and jail death lawyer Henry F. (Hank) Sherrod III serves clients throughout north Alabama, including the communities of Florence, Huntsville, Athens, Decatur, Cullman, Jasper, Tuscaloosa, Guntersville, and Gadsden.

119 South Court Street, Florence, AL 35630 • Toll-Free: (888) 764-4141 • Toll-Free Fax: (877) 684-0802
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