2214 2nd Ave. N. Ste. 100
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Telephone: (205) 321-9600






Standing up for You

Attorney Profile

Patrick J. Ballard
Pat Ballard attended Texas A&M University where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science, Ranch Management in 1976. While in school, he worked as a cowboy and farm hand as he had during his last two years of high school. After college, he began working as a carpenter, sometimes for other companies, sometimes as the owner of his own business.


After a 15-year career in carpentry, Pat decided to go back to school. He attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham on a full scholarship and earned his law degree in 1996.

Since then, he has practiced primarily in the Circuit Courts of of the State of Alabama as well as the Federal District Courts of Alabama, handling a broad range of civil litigation including automobile collisions, complex product liability cases, consumer protection cases, construction disputes and busines litigation.

In addition to his law practice, Pat is active in civic affairs, serving, among other things, as Secretary of the Central City Neighborhood Association and as a member of the Steering Committee of Birmingham Weed and Seed, a non-profit community revitalization program.

Pat is also an avid musician and runner. He is a member of the Magic City Blues Society and the Birmingham Track Club.


Professional Qualifications

Bar Admissions

The State Bar of Alabama
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
The United States Supreme Court

Professional Organizations

Birmingham Bar Association
  • Electronic Filing Protocols Committee, past chair
  • Computer and Technology Committee, member
  • Executive Committee, 2004
  • Solo/Small Firm Section
  • Board of Directors, 2002 - present
  • Chairman, 2004
  • Solo/Small Firm Tech Seminar Moderator, 2004 - present
  • Solo Section Listserve moderator, 2003 - present
  • Worker's Compensation Section

    Alabama Association For Justice
    • Executive Committee
    • Amicus Curiae Committee
    • Worker's Compensation Section

      American Association For Justice

    Professional Activities

    Continuing Legal Education Instructor for:
    • National Business Institute
    • Half-Moon Seminars
    • Lorman Education Services
    • Barristers Educational Services
    • Alabama Association of Paralegals
    • Birmingham E-Discovery Roundtable

    Frequently assists Cumberland School of Law Moot Court and Trial Teams prepare for competition

    Reported Cases

    Chapman v. Smith, 893 So. 2d 293 (Ala. 2004)

    Hannah v. Gregg, Bland & Berry, Inc., 840 So. 2d 839 (Ala. 2002)

    Ex parte Weaver, 781 So. 2d 944 (Ala. 2000)

    Ex parte Perry, 744 So. 2d 859 (Ala. 1999)

    Shanes v. Kiser, 729 So. 2d 319 (Ala. 1999)

    Education

      Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

      Birmingham, Alabama
    • Juris Doctor, May 1996

      Texas A & M University

      College Station, Texas
    • Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, 1976

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Ballard Law Office
Birmingham, Alabama - May 2000 to present
Solo Practice focusing on personal injury, consumer protection, workers' compensation, construction law and business litigation

Tipler Law Office
Birmingham, Alabama - September 1996 to May 2000
Associate Attorney in civil litigation firm, focusing on complex personal injury litigation including products liability and medical malpractice

Tipler Law Office
Birmingham, Alabama - June 1994 to September 1996
Law Clerk in civil litigation firm, focusing on complex personal injury litigation, including products liability and medical malpractice

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

    Carpenter/Cabinetmaker

    December 1976 through August 1993
  • Worked as a carpenter, cabinetmaker and general contractor in Texas, Colorado and Alabama in both residential and commercial construction.
    Varisco Boarding Stables
    College Station, Texas - 1979 through 1980
  • Managed a 150-horse boarding stable
    Texas A&M Horse Center
    College Station, Texas - 1978 through 1979
  • Assistant Manager of university horse research farm

    CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Secretary of the Central City Neighborhood Association
  • January 2009 - present

  • Member, Northside Community Neighborhood Officers Group
  • January 2009 - present

  • Member of Birmingham Weed & Seed Steering Committee
  • June 2010 - present

  • Chairman of the Loft District CAP Expansion Task Force
  • January 2009 - present

  • Member of the Downtown Business Association
  • 2004 - present

  • Member of Operation New Birmingham
  • 2004 - present

  • Carried out restoration and renovation of the historic Taylor Carriage Building, 2214 2nd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham
  • 2004 - 2006

  • Children's Dance Foundation, Past Board Member
  • 2000 - 2005

  • River Church-Birmingham (formerly known as Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Birmingham)
    1988 - Present
    • Trustee, 1997 - Present
    • Lead guitarist in worship band 1989 to present

      OTHER INTERESTS/ACTIVITES

      Avid musician. Member of the Magic City Blues Society

      Running (including competitive events such as Komen 5k and Mercedes Half-Marathon)