Trip Umbach chairs the firm’s labor and employment law practice group. For over 25 years, Trip has represented both public and private employers in all types of labor and employment disputes, from defending discrimination claims to handling traditional union labor relations matters. He regularly advises clients concerning non-competition agreements and litigates cases both to challenge and enforce them. A significant aspect of his practice is helping clients make employment decisions and develop policies that reduce the risk of being sued by employees or becoming unionized.
- Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Recognized as a "leading individual" in the field of Labor and Employment by the 2008 - 2021 editions of Chambers USA
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2008 - 2021
- Named one of the top attorneys in the state of Alabama by Mid-South Super Lawyers® magazine
- A "Litigation Star" for the state of Alabama in the 2017 - 2021 editions of Benchmark Litigation
- Named to Who's Who Legal Labour & Employment 2015; 2016; 2018; 2019 & 2020
- Trip graduated first in his class from the University of Alabama School of Law and was an editor on the Alabama Law Review
- Following law school, Trip clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Trip has served as Vice President of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management.
- He has been involved in Boy Scouts at the Council and Troop levels.
- Serves on Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama.
- Obtained summary judgment on all claims in a discrimination case for one of the largest wood products manufacturers in case alleging violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
- Won a jury verdict for a trucking company against a former truck driver’s claim that the company fired him because of his race and in retaliation for his complaints about his co-workers’ racial slurs.
- Obtained numerous summary judgments for employers on claims of discrimination, retaliation, and state tort law.
- Enforced an employer’s non-compete agreement with a former employee by obtaining a jury verdict awarding the employer lost profits and rejecting the employee’s claim of interference with his new employment.
- Defended an employer and its employee against non-compete claims.
- Advised clients on strategies to respond to union activity.
- Represented employers in union elections.
- Negotiated collective bargaining agreements.
- Member of the trial team representing a national retail store chain in the two-week trial of a nationwide collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act challenging the exempt status of store managers. This case is one of the few of its type in the country to have been tried to a jury.
- Investigated complaints of sexual harassment and workplace violence.
- Counseled clients through hundreds of job termination decisions.
- Developed an equal employment opportunity training program to be viewed by supervisors and employees on the company’s intranet.
- Defended a real estate management company and a city against claims brought under the Americans With Disabilities Act alleging that facilities are not accessible to wheelchair-bound citizens.
- Defended companies and individuals against citations issued by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
- Defended employers against unfair labor practice charges alleging violations of the National Labor Relations Act.
- Counseled a client through a threat of violence from a terminated employee.
- Served as both a mediator and an arbitrator.
Presentations and Publications
- Risk Management – Resident Care & Employment Issues, Crowne Health Care Leadership Conference, Orange Beach, AL, October 18, 2018.
- How Does the #MeToo Movement Affect Long Term Care Employers, Alabama Nursing Home Association Annual Meeting, Birmingham, AL, June 25, 2018.
- What Do You Want to Know About Social Media?, Alabama City County Management Association, Birmingham, AL, January 26, 2017.
- Overtime Rule: What You Need to Know, Sponsored Seminar, Birmingham, AL, June 28, 2016.* The Ins and Outs of the New Overtime Rules and How to Prepare for the New Law, Sponsored Seminar, Birmingham, AL, June 16, 2016.
- The Ins and Outs of the New Overtime Rules and How to Prepare for the New Law, Sponsored Seminar, Birmingham, AL, June 16, 2016.
- Every Day Decisions That May Affect The Outcome of Litigation, Labor & Employment Disputes, And Your Surveys, 2015 Alabama Nursing Home Association Mid-Year Convention, Orange Beach, FL, April 27-28, 2015.
- Thinking Outside The Box: A Global Perspective to Risk Management, 2015 Alabama Nursing Home Association Legal Compliance Seminar, Birmingham, AL, January 12, 2015.
- Employment Law and Litigation: The Cost of Being Unprepared, Alabama Trucking Association Safety and Maintenance Management Council, Mobile, AL, February 6, 2014.
News & Insights
- OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare Workers
- L&E News Alert: Alabama Unemployment (UI) Fraud and Abuse
- STARNES DAVIS FLORIE RANKED A TOP FIRM BY CHAMBERS USA 2021
- Starnes Ranked as a “Highly Recommended Firm” in the 2021 Edition of Benchmark Litigation
- OSHA’s National Emphasis Program – COVID-19
- American Rescue Plan Extends and Modifies FFCRA’s Tax Credit Provisions
- State Mask Order Extended; CDC Issues Recommendations for People Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 – What Does It All Mean for Alabama’s Workplaces?
- Biden’s OSHA and the Likelihood of More COVID-19 Regulation
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Set to Expire in 2021
- YES, YOU CAN REQUIRE YOUR EMPLOYEES TO GET THE VACCINE, BUT SHOULD YOU?
- Twenty-Six Attorneys Named to the 2020 Edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers
- SDF’s Employment Group Obtains Favorable Ruling in Discrimination Case
- Alabama Employers Are Now Required to Notify Separated Employees About Potential Unemployment Benefits
- CDC Expands Definition of “Close Contact”
- Employment News Alert: DOL Issues Revised Regulations Interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Twenty-Six SDF Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2021
- PPP Amendments Loosen Restrictions, Provide Additional Relief to Businesses
- Employment News Alert: Supreme Court Rules Title VII Protects LGBTQ Employees From Discrimination
- The Impact of OSHA’s Revised Guidance on Reporting & Recording for Non-Healthcare Employers
- Don’t Step into the PPP Loan Minefield Without a Map
Trip loves to quail hunt with his two Llewellyn Setters, Rex and Shirley Mae.