Lenora Pate

, Shareholder


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Lenora chairs the Health Care Consulting practice at Sirote & Permutt. In this capacity, she advises all types of health care providers, institutions, practices, professionals, businesses and related associations on their business legal needs, including federal and state regulatory issues. Additionally, she has significant experience in the areas of government and public policy, including state certificates of need, licensure, and state and federal health care legislative and regulatory matters.

Awards & Accreditations

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


  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Health Care Law, 2007-16
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 Health Care Law "Lawyer of The Year" for Birmingham
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, 2008-15
  • AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating
  • Who's Who in Health Care, Birmingham Business Journal, 2007, 2009 & 2011
  • Finalist in the category of Health Care Advocate in the Birmingham Business Journal's first Health Care Heroes awards created to recognize top health-care professionals, executives and volunteers for their important contributions to Birmingham's economy, 2003


  • Alabama Task Force to Strengthen Alabama's Families, appointed by Gov. Bob Riley, 2004
  • Alabama Unemployment Compensation Reform Committee, appointed by Gov. Bob Riley, 2004
  • The Alabama Citizens' Constitution Commission, tasked with reviewing basic flawed provisions of the Alabama Constitution, vice-chair, appointed by Gov. Bob Riley, 2003
    • Co-chair, present
  • Governor's Commission on Efficiency, Consolidation, and Funding and, appointed by Gov. Bob Riley, 2003
    • Subcommittee on Health and Human Services (examined Alabama's ten Health and Human Service agencies), chair
  • Governor's Commission on Education Spending, group of business professionals and leaders from all levels of education across Alabama, appointed by Gov. Bob Riley, 2003
  • Governor Bob Riley transition team, charged with recommending qualified candidates for cabinet positions in state government, 2002

Thought Leadership

  • Served in Governor Jim Folsom's Cabinet as the first woman Director of the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations, during which she was Alabama’s liaison to federal and state Health Care Reform Task Forces and Alabama's designee to implement the North American Free Trade Agreement, 1993-95
  • Frequent speaker on public policy, health care and issues affecting women
  • Practice focuses on business; health care; government and public policy; federal/state legislation and regulation; employment, labor, and workers compensation; and insurance

Cumberland School of Law

JD, summa cum laude, 1985

  • Cumberland Law Review, Articles Editor

University of Alabama at Birmingham

BA, 1970

  • National Alumni Association for Cumberland School of Law
  • President
  • Birmingham Jewish Federation
  • Board of Directors
  • Judson College Board of Trustees
  • Samford University Board of Overseers
  • 1997 Pace setter: Stennis Center Southern Women in Public Service
  • Leadership Alabama 
  • Class IV
  • Leadership Birmingham 
  • Class 2009
  • American Cancer Society
  • Chairman and member of Board of Directors
  • Mid-South Division Community Volunteer of the Year, 2004-05
  • Alabama Volunteer of the Year Award for advocacy related to passage of local anti-smoking ordinances, 2004-05 
  • Metropolitan Arts Council
  • Board of Directors
  • Jefferson-Blount-St. Clair Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority, Jefferson County 
  • Commission Appointee
  • Past President
  • United Way of Central Alabama
  • Leadership Division campaign, co-chair, 2006
  • Top Five Most Influential Lawyers
  • Birmingham News Leadership Survey, 1999
  • Top Women in Business
  • Birmingham Business Journal, 1999
  • Girl Scouts' Woman of Distinction, 2000
  • Birmingham Jewish Federation Israel NOW Campaign
  • Co-Chair, 2002
  • Israel Bonds Israel’s Declaration of Independence Award, 2004
  • State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee
  • Past Member
  • Alabama Commission on Elder Abuse
  • Past Member
  • Alabama Long-Term Care Policy Development Council
  • Past Member
  • Alabama Women's Commission
  • Gubernatorial Appointee and Past Chair
  • Third Citizens Conference on the Alabama State Courts
  • Alabama Bar appointee
  • UAB School of Public Health Advisory Board
  • Past Member
  • Women's Exchange, board of directors
  • Past Member
  • Women's Fund of Birmingham
  • Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Alabama Women's Leadership Database
  • Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union
  • Board of Directors, Past Member

  • Author, "ACS Hope Gala: Help Us Find a Cure", Sirote Supports, July 2012
Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America© for 2016 - 8/17/2015 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2015 - 5/27/2015 Read More
Lenora Pate Quoted in ABA Journal Article on Alabama Constitution Reform - 3/18/2015 Read More
Lenora Pate named Birmingham Business Journal’s Who’s Who of Health Care - 12/12/2014 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2015 - 8/19/2014 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014 - 4/28/2014 Read More
Sirote's Lenora W. Pate Serves on Women's Business Council Meeting Panel - 4/2/2014 Read More
Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2014 - 8/16/2013 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013 - 6/14/2013 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Hosts a Free Seminar About Health Care Law - 5/2/2013 Read More
Sirote's Lenora W. Pate will Emcee UAB Belles & Whistles Dinner - 4/23/2013 Read More
Sirote & Permutt Wins "2013 Communitas Award" for Community Partnership Initiative - 4/1/2013 Read More
"Birmingham Business Journal" Names Sirote & Permutt as Nonprofit Awards Finalist - 3/18/2013 Read More
Sirote Supports Initiative Breaks New Ground as Finalist in Birmingham Magazine’s Inaugural “Groundbreaker” Awards - 1/9/2013 Read More
Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2013 - 11/5/2012 Read More
Legal Alert: Supreme Court Upholds Federal Health Care Reform - 7/3/2012 Read More
Lenora Pate Discusses Sirote Supports on WDJC - 4/20/2012 Read More
Lenora Pate to Receive Bailey Thomson Award - 9/23/2011 Read More
Best Lawyers has selected 32 attorneys from Sirote & Permutt for recognition in The Best Lawyers in America for 2011 - 8/27/2010 Read More
31 Sirote Attorneys Listed In Best Lawyers - 8/7/2009 Read More
Publication Recognizes 20 From Sirote As Super Lawyers - 5/19/2009 Read More
Sirote Shareholder Pate named as 2009 Who's Who in Alabama Health Care - 2/4/2009 Read More
Sirote Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers 2009 - 9/26/2008 Read More
Fourteen Sirote Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers - 6/9/2008 Read More

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