Meet V. J. Graffeo

Vincent J. Graffeo

V. J. Graffeo is a seasoned trial lawyer and trusted business advisor for his clients. He founded Graffeo Law in 2016 after practicing over a decade as counsel with the national AmLaw 200 firm Burr & Forman, LLP and as a member of the regional law firm Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC. V. J.’s practice is focused on the areas of civil litigation and business law. He represents both matured and start-up companies in the defense or prosecution civil claims, as well as advising businesses and individuals in general corporate matters, insurance, employment, contracts, intellectual property and estate planning. V. J. also serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he teaches Legal Environment of Business in the Collat School of Business. He is a frequent speaker and writer in his practice areas, with a personal interest in the intersection of law and social media.

 

V. J. has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Martindale-Hubble attorney rating, the highest peer rating standard, signifying that V. J.’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.  A lifelong resident, practicing lawyer and civic leader of Birmingham, Alabama, V. J. has exceptional familiarity with Alabama’s unique legal, business, political and cultural environment that adds an insightful perspective to clients facing their most challenging legal issues.

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V. J.’s litigation practice areas include contracts, torts, insurance, non-competes, trade secrets, employment, business dissolution, shareholder disputes, securities fraud, real estate, and trust litigation. He has served lead attorney in multiple jury trials and appeals in federal and state courts, as well as FINRA and AAA arbitrations. He has litigated cases in over half of Alabama’s 67 counties throughout the United States and has even traveled to a foreign country in conjunction with an international arbitration. V. J. is admitted in Supreme Court of the United States and has handled cases seeking and opposing writs of certiorari.

 

V. J. provides corporate services for business clients, including entity formation, contract drafting, employment agreements, mergers & acquisitions and employee training. As a business owner himself, V. J. understands the excitement, uncertainty, risks, challenges and rewards owning and operating a business brings. He represents clients in initial company organizations, stock purchase agreements, lease negotiations, executive severance packages, employment and non-competition agreements. V. J. also provides corporate contract and employment law training for management and personnel.

 

V. J. graduated from The University of Alabama with a degree in Political Science and minors in General Business and Classics, having received a full Presidential Scholarship. At Alabama, he served as SGA Executive Vice President, was a member of JASONS, Capstone Men & Women and Omicron Delta Kappa. He also worked as an intern for Senator Richard Shelby in Washington, D.C. V. J. graduated from The University of Alabama School of Law where he was the Research Editor of the Law & Psychology Review, a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, and was Student Bar Association Vice President. A constant learner, V. J. is currently pursuing an MBA degree with a Finance Concentration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham to broaden his business background in today’s modern global economy and to provide an increased level of service and perspective to his entrepreneurial and traditional corporate clients. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

 

V. J. was recognized by The Birmingham Business Journal as a Top 40 Under 40 in 2012, is a member of the 2011-2012 City of Birmingham YP United Leadership Initiative Class and a graduate of the 2011 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class 7. V. J. was a member of the Leadership UAB Class of 2009, was honored in 2009 with the NAACP Rising Icon and Leader in Civic Engagement Award and the Birmingham Business Alliance Young Professional Over Achiever Award. He is a proud Eagle Scout with palms.

 

Driven by his desire to serve others, V. J. is involved with multiple charitable and civic organizations in the community. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, the Birmingham Inn of Court, the Blackburn Institute and serves on the Members Board for the Birmingham Museum of Art.  He was a founding member of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham and served as its 2009-2010 President. He was the 2011-2012 President of the Birmingham Museum of Art Junior Patrons and has served on the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and the Junior Board for Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School. V. J. currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama School of Law Farrah Law Society. 

Experience
  • Graffeo Law, LLC, 2016-Present, Founder/Owner
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business, 2016-Present, Adjunct Professor (Legal Environment of Business)
  • Burr & Forman, LLP, 2012-2015, Counsel
  • Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC, 2011-2012, Member, 2003-2012, Associate
Education
  • M.B.A., Finance Concentration, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Expected 2018
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Alabama, 2000
Professional Associations
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum
  • Farrah Law Society Board of Trustees
  • Birmingham Inn of Court
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
Licensed In

Alabama

Admitted In
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Alabama
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, Business Litigation (2010, 2012-2016)
  • Birmingham Business Journal 2012 “Top 40 Under 40”
  • Rotaract Club of Birmingham Directors Award 2012
  • 2011-2012 City of Birmingham Young Professionals United Leadership Initiative 
  • 2011 Alabama Leadership Initiative 
  • 2010 B-Metro Magazine YP Award 
  • 2009 Birmingham Business Alliance Young Professional “Over Achiever” Award 
  • 2009 NAACP “Rising Icon” and Leader in Civic Engagement Award 
  • Leadership UAB Class of 2009
  • Alabama State Bar 2011 Leadership Forum Class 7
  • Birmingham Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class of 2007
  • Member of Charcot Society of National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alabama Chapter 2008
  • Eagle Scout with gold, silver and bronze palms
Community Involvement
  • Rotary Club of Birmingham
  • Blackburn Institute
  • Birmingham Museum of Art, Members Board
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

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