Keith Covington practices labor and employment, immigration, and construction law in the firm's Birmingham office. He counsels employers on a wide variety of topics, including labor relations, wage and hour compliance, union avoidance, equal employment opportunity, OSHA compliance, disability accommodation, FMLA compliance, non-compete agreements, and issues relating to employee discipline and termination.

Keith’s immigration work includes helping employers obtain employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visas for foreign national workers and advising clients on worksite compliance. His construction practice includes counseling contractors and others in the construction industry on contracts, contract administration, and claims. Throughout his career with the firm, Keith has litigated employment, construction, and various other types of claims in both state and federal courts. He also provides assistance with union representation elections and handles matters before the National Labor Relations Board.

Keith regularly speaks and writes on topics relating to his practice. He is a regular contributor to Labor & Employment Insights, the blog published by the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, writing principally on immigration law developments and matters relating to the National Labor Relations Act. He speaks regularly at events sponsored by the Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the trade association for merit shop construction contractors, and has had several articles published in the Alabama Construction News, ABC’s industry magazine. Keith co-authored the Alabama Construction Law Manual published by Thomson West, writing the “Labor and Employment” and “Health and Safety” chapters.

Keith regularly attends ABC’s Attorneys Conference, which is held yearly for attorneys who do work for ABC’s local chapters and their members. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Keith has been listed in the Birmingham Magazine as a "Top Attorney" in Immigration.

Notable Matters
  • Assisted numerous employers with petitions for non-immigrant visas, including H-1B, H-2B, L-1, TN, J-1, and R visas, as well as labor certifications (PERM) and employment-based immigrant petitions. Has also helped employers, employees, and other individual clients with adjustment of status applications and citizenship naturalization petitions.
  • Represented a national security services company in several recent cases involving employment discrimination, wage and hour, and FMLA claims. Obtained summary judgment for the company in one case and successfully resolved the others through mediation.
  • Obtained an arbitration award in favor of a wholesale grocery cooperative on a former employee’s 10-count complaint alleging race discrimination, sexual harassment, and state law tort claims. Had previously filed a successful motion compelling the matter to arbitration after the case was initially filed in federal court.
  • Represented a property management company in a multi-plaintiff sexual harassment case brought under the Fair Housing Act. Successfully resolved the case, along with a related insurance coverage dispute, during a three-day mediation involving almost 50 individual parties.