Janell Ahnert's practice encompasses all facets of employment law, specifically in representation of management in both employment counseling and employment litigation.

Janell handles a variety of employment law matters in state and federal courts and has broad experience defending employers accused of harassment and discrimination in federal court. She has litigation and counseling experience in numerous areas of employment law, including issues involving wage and hour claims, harassment, discrimination, and whistleblowing.

She has successfully defended management in many wage and hour cases under the Fair Labor Standard Act and obtained summary judgments on behalf of her clients. With licenses held in four states, Janell is able to serve her clients' needs in various legal forums.

In addition to a federal court practice, Janell has experience defending financial services clients in employment matters pending before FINRA. In this area, Janell represents broker-dealers and banks in FINRA arbitrations filed by employees across the country.

As well as being a top-notch advocate, Janell is a respected mediator. She is known for being able to combine empathetic listening with realistic cases and evaluate damages based on her extensive federal court litigation experience.

Janell is committed to pro bono efforts and dedicates her time to assisting economically disadvantaged individuals by serving in several nonprofits in the Birmingham area.

In law school, she was a member of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law and participated in Moot Court.


Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association


Labor and Employment Section

Alabama State Bar Association


Women Lawyers Section

Birmingham Bar Association


National Association of Women Lawyers


Awarded, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers

Mid-South Super Lawyers


Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Labor and Employment

Chambers USA

2012-2013, 2017-2020

Named, Top Women Attorneys

B-Metro Magazine


Named, Top Lawyers

B-Metro Magazine


Named, Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers


Named, Top 25 Women Lawyers in Alabama

Mid-South Super Lawyers

2011-2015, 2017

Named, Top Attorneys

Birmingham Magazine


Omicron Delta Kappa

University of South Alabama

Speaking Engagements

Reinventing Yourself and Your Practice: How Flexibility Saved My Legal Career

ABA Litigation Section, 2021 Professional Success Summit

March 30, 2021

A COVID-19 Downsizing: What Employment Laws Should Be Considered

Alabama ACC

April 23, 2020

The CARES Act: How it Impacts Alabama Unemployment Benefits

Birmingham Business Alliance

April 16, 2020

AL Child Care Provider: Clarity During Coronavirus Confusion

Client webinar

April 9, 2020

What to Do When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Birmingham Business Alliance

March 31, 2020


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., University of South Alabama, 1991cum laude

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia