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Relationships mean everything to John Civils. His office is covered with pictures of his family and the sports teams he has coached. He is thankful for the relationships he has had the opportunity to develop throughout his life and career, including those with his clients, judges and other attorneys. He works diligently to recognize opportunities and solutions for his clients or parties involved in mediation or litigation.
When John joined the firm in 1979, he handled general defense litigation and always practiced workers’ compensation. Over the last several years, he has concentrated his practice in workers’ compensation, mediation and coverage matters. John is a registered mediator with the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster. In addition to his legal practice, John taught workers’ compensation courses at Cumberland School of Law from 1998 to 2000 as an adjunct professor. He enjoys teaching and speaking at seminars and continuing legal education programs regarding mediation and workers’ compensation matters.
John is very active in his church, Asbury United Methodist, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie, and their four children and grandchildren. He also enjoys biking, hiking and other outdoor activities. He recalls one of the most enriching experiences of his life to be a two month mini-sabbatical with his family in Bozeman, Montana.
John earned his BA from Vanderbilt University in 1974 and his JD from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1977. Prior to joining the firm in 1979, John worked for two years at Birmingham Area Legal Services.
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Distinctions & Contributions
Presenter, Birmingham Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section August 2017 CLE02
Presenter, Birmingham Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section April 2016 CLE03
Top Attorneys in Birmingham Magazine for Mediation in 2012 and 2016040506
Best Lawyers 2015 Workers' Compensation Law - Employers "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham07
Listed by The Best Lawyers in America for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers since 201108
Awarded the Robert W. Lee Award by the Birmingham Bar Workers’ Compensation Section for Excellence in the field of Workers’ Compensation in 2014