Practice Expertise

  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality

Areas of Practice

  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Retail


Anne Knox Averitt has extensive experience in management-side labor and employment matters and commercial litigation. She works in the firm’s Birmingham office and represents clients of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses in a number of industries.

Anne Knox also represents school boards in all aspects of their operations, including business operations, employment issues, special education, real property matters, contracts, bids, ethical issues, disciplinary matters, and their interactions with other governmental entities. 

Her practice focuses on compliance. She assists both business and education clients in implementing effective solutions and developing internal systems and best practices while managing budgetary constraints and varying stakeholder priorities. 

Anne Knox also handles litigation before arbitrators, administrative law judges, and federal and state court judges, including class and collective action matters, shareholder derivative claims, indemnity and insurance disputes, operating agreement disputes, restrictive covenant enforcement, and other management-side employment litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2011

Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2011
  • Duke University, B.A., 2008, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Areas of Practice

  • Food, Beverage and Hospitality
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Retail

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments
  • Summary judgment on Family and Medical Leave Act interference and retaliation claims on the basis that defendant corporation was not a covered employer under the FMLA (March 2015)
  • Mandamus petition granted by Alabama Supreme Court directing dismissal of case asserting claims against state employees on sovereign immunity grounds (December 2014)
  • Defense verdict on all tort and contract claims alleged against non-profit corporation after seven-day jury trial (October 2014)
  • Dismissal of discrimination, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims against natural resources corporation (July 2014)
  • Summary judgment on race discrimination, retaliation, and workers compensation wrongful discharge claims against health care facility (September 2014)
  • Dismissal of insurance coverage declaratory action in federal court on behalf of construction client in light of pending related state court case (March 2014)
  • Dismissal of breach of contract action against automotive manufacturer based on improper venue in light of forum selection clause (January 2014)
  • Defeated motion for class certification of a class of former, current, and future employees alleging race discrimination in pay, promotion, and job training at single manufacturing facility (September 2013)



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