Gaile Pugh Gratton

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Gaile has considerable experience litigating employment claims. She advises clients on the development and implementation of workplace policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance. She conducts investigations of discrimination claims and employee misconduct, as well as performing labor audits. Gaile prepares employee and personnel manuals for private and public employers. Diverse client base including: individuals; charitable organizations; small businesses; transportation businesses; oil companies; banks; state and governmental agencies; public housing authorities; public school systems; colleges and universities; insurance companies; medical practices and construction companies. 

Awards & Accreditations

  • Best Lawyers in America©
  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating


  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Litigation-Labor and Employment, 2012-16
  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating
  • B-Metro, Top Flight Attorney 2014
  • Business Alabama, Recognized as 1 of 6 Foremost Women Attorneys, April 2014
  • Election to Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation
  • Birmingham Business Journal, Top 40 Under 40


  • Birmingham Bar Association
    • Women's Section, Executive Board, former member
    • Grievance Committee, former member
  • Magic City, Alabama, National and American Bar Associations
  • Admitted to practice
    • US District Court Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Alabama
    • Alabama Supreme Court
    • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • US Supreme Court

Thought Leadership

  • Clerk to the Honorable U. W. Clemon, the Former Chief Judge of the US District Court of the Northern District of Alabama, 1983-84

Harvard University

JD, 1983

  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Harvard Legal Defenders

Spelman College

BA, summa cum laude, 1980

  • Salutatorian
  • Psi Chi
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Dean's List
  • Trevor & Bertha Arnett Scholarship
  • Samuels Prize for Excellence

  • Leadership Birmingham,
  • Alumnae
  • 4 Little Girls Memorial Fund,
  • President
  • Birmingham Children’s Theatre,
  • 3rd Vice President
  • Sloss Furnace Foundation,
  • Board of Directors
  • Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.,
  • a Public Service Sorority
  • Sixth Avenue Baptist Church,
  • Member
  • Jefferson County Personnel Board,
  • Hearing Officer
  • Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys, 
  • President, 1994-95
  • Alabama State Bar Examiner
  • 1992-96
  • Leadership Birmingham
  • Class of 1991
  • UAB Leadership Council
  • 1990-95
  • Alabama Teacher Tenure Act, Task Force on Reformation, 
  • Past Member
  • YWCA, 
  • Junior Board, Past Member
  • Birmingham Healthcare for the Homeless, 
  • Junior Board, Past Member
  • Legal Services of Metro Birmingham, 
  • Board of Directors, Former Member
Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America© for 2016 - 8/17/2015 Read More
Gaile Pugh Gratton and Jack Held Inducted as Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation - 2/16/2015 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2015 - 8/19/2014 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Attorney Gaile Pugh Gratton Featured in Business Alabama Magazine - 4/22/2014 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Gratton and Sklar Selected as "Attorneys of Note" by B-Metro Magazine - 3/10/2014 Read More
Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2014 - 8/16/2013 Read More
Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2013 - 11/5/2012 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Labor & Employment Group Hosts Seminar On Alabama's Immigration Law - 11/16/2011 Read More

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