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Sharonda Childs Fancher

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Sharonda Childs Fancher advises clients on a variety of employment matters, including leave issues; employee counseling; hiring and discipline; disability management; and policies and procedures.

Featured Experience

Worked on trial team securing defense verdict in a federal civil jury trial on Title VII and Section 1981 race and national origin discrimination claims.

Second-chair in a federal jury trial securing directed verdict at the close of the plaintiff's case on overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Worked on trial team for civil jury trial to verdict in Montgomery County Circuit Court and obtained dismissal of three claims at directed verdict.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Fancher has significant experience litigating employment matters, having served on the trial team for three civil jury trials. In her trial experience, Ms. Fancher obtained a defense verdict in a federal civil jury trial on Section 1981 and Title VII race and national origin discrimination claims. She also obtained a directed verdict in a federal civil jury trial where the plaintiff alleged FLSA overtime violations.

In her practice, Ms. Fancher has also successfully defended appeals to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on sexual harassment, FMLA, age discrimination, and retaliation claims; successfully defended an appeal to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on claims of malicious prosecution, negligence or wantonness, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and failure to train and/or supervise employees; obtained a restraining order and negotiated a stipulated permanent injunction prohibiting a former employee from soliciting clients; and obtained summary judgment on race and age discrimination claims.

Ms. Fancher has extensive experience representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including preparing position statements in response to charges of discrimination, handling mediations, and managing requests for information and on-site investigations. She also routinely advises clients on non-compete and non-solicitation issues, providing guidance on potential pitfalls and negotiating favorable resolutions for her clients. Ms. Fancher also regularly counsels clients on a variety of employment matters, including leave issues; employee counseling; hiring and discipline; disability management; and policies and procedures.

Ms. Fancher served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique from 2007 to 2009. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she partnered with a small community-based organization to establish a youth-oriented health education program in the district of Massingir. After law school, Ms. Fancher worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Inge P. Johnson, Senior United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

Representative Matters
  • Worked on trial team securing defense verdict in a federal civil jury trial on Title VII and Section 1981 race and national origin discrimination claims.

  • Second-chair in a federal jury trial securing directed verdict at the close of the plaintiff's case on overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • Worked on trial team for civil jury trial to verdict in Montgomery County Circuit Court and obtained dismissal of three claims at directed verdict.

  • Successfully defended appeals to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, including sexual harassment, FMLA, age discrimination, and retaliation claims.

  • Successfully defended appeal to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on claims of malicious prosecution, negligence or wantonness, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and failure to train and/or supervise employees.

  • Obtained Restraining Order and negotiated stipulated permanent injunction prohibiting a former employee from soliciting clients.

  • Obtained summary judgment on race and age discrimination claims.

  • Obtained motion to dismiss with prejudice in Madison County circuit Court on counterclaims stemming from the defendant's alleged harassment of the plaintiff for payment of money owed pursuant to a promissory note.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Labor & Employment (2019)
  • Member – Alabama Bar Association
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association's 2018 Future Leaders Forum
  • Board of Directors  – Birmingham Bar Foundation
Community Involvement & Activities
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Birmingham Woman of the Year, 2015
  • Member – Indian Springs Alumni Council (2015 – 2019)
Publications

Awards

Sharonda Childs Fancher
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Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2013
    • Alabama Law Review editor and managing board member
  • Columbia University, B.A. in Political Science, 2007

Admissions

  • Alabama, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama

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