Henry F. Sherrod III (“Hank”) is a 1986 summa cum laude graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. He received his law degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University, where he was on the law review and Order of the Coif. After clerking for U.S. Circuit Judge Patrick Higginbotham and practicing law in Dallas, Texas, Hank returned to Alabama. For over 15 years, he has been representing plaintiffs in civil rights cases against employers, governmental entities, and government officials.
He handles cases throughout north Alabama in state and federal court at both the trial and appeal levels. Hank’s published cases include Harrison v. Benchmark Electronics Huntsville, 593 F.3d 1206 (11th Cir. 2010), which established standards related to pre-employment medical inquiries under the Americans with Disabilities Act; Danley v. Allen, 540 F.3d 1298 (11th Cir. 2008), which established standards related to the use of pepper spray on jail inmates; and Smith v. Allen, 502 F.3d 1255 (11th Cir. 2007), which addressed issues of first impression regarding the rights of prison inmates under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
He is one of the founding board members of the Alabama affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association and currently serves as its President. He has served on the board of the ACLU of Alabama since 2005 and currently serves on the Legal Committee.