The attorneys of Fonteneau & Arnold LLC have been serving clients in the Birmingham area for a combined 23 years. They have each represented clients successfully in state and federal courts all over the state. Whether your case is tried to a jury or settled during litigation, we have the know-how and experience to help you solve your legal problem.
In 2016, Kira Fonteneau and Allen Arnold joined forces to form Fonteneau & Arnold LLC, a law firm committed to helping people fight illegal employer actions and government misconduct.
When bad things happen at work, it can sometimes seem as though the odds are stacked against the employee. At Fonteneau & Arnold, we strive to level the playing field for working people. We work hard every day to ensure that our clients' voices are heard. Whether we are in our office or a courtroom, our clients can expect:
- Zealous advocacy
- Regular communication
- Honest feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
- Sound legal judgment that comes from years of experience.
Kira Fonteneau was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. Prior to law school, Kira spent several years working in operations management roles with Wachovia Bank. In 2005, Kira began her legal career in Birmingham at a regional employment defense law firm. She later started her own firm that focused on both criminal and civil litigation. During her career, Kira has tried several cases to juries, receiving favorable rulings for her clients in both state and federal court. She has also argued at both the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.
From 2013 until 2016, Kira served as Jefferson County’s first Public Defender. In that capacity, she opened the office and managed a team of 57 employees who served clients who could not afford counsel. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Fonteneau maintained an active practice focusing in criminal defense, employment law, and other civil litigation. She has been a regular guest on Fox 6 Legal Lines and frequently gives speeches on leadership, employment law, and law office management.
She currently serves on the Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners and the American Diabetes Association’s National Legal Advocacy Subcommittee.
University of Virginia, 1994-1998, B.A.
(Double Major, Government and African American Studies)
University of Georgia School of Law, 2005, J.D.
2009 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners
Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee
Birmingham Bar Association Grievance Committee
Magic City Bar Association
Alabama Association for Justice
Alabama Lawyers Association
Awards and Recognition
Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
SuperLawyers Rising Stars
B-Metro Top Women Attorneys
University of Georgia Top 40 under 40
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Mr. Arnold is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association and participates in the Young Lawyer and Solo/Small Firm Practitioner Sections. Mr. Arnold is currently a Board Member of the Solo/Small Firm Section Group and a member of the Scholarship Committee. In 2006, Mr. Arnold served on the Birmingham Bar Association’s Attorney Fee Arbitration Committee. Additionally, Mr. Arnold is a current member of the National and Alabama Chapters of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Mr. Arnold has participated in Continuing Legal Education Programs as a speaker and writer on various topics related to Social Media, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act. He is also a periodic guest on the Law Call television program airing in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville.
When not practicing law, Allen enjoys University of Alabama football, Birmingham Barons baseball, reading, working with his church, and traveling with his wife.
Southern Methodist University, 1996-2000, B.B.A.
(Major in Finance; Minor in Psychology)
Stetson University College of Law, 2001-2004, J.D. (Cum Laude)
Stetson Law Review:
Assistant Managing Editor
Voted by Law Review Peers as the Spring of 2004 Recipient for the Leadership Award in the for “embodying the characteristics of Teamwork, Leadership, and Enthusiasm.”