About Us

Over 20 Years of Experience

OUR HISTORY


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.

Always Striving For More

THE MISSION


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

Partner


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.

Education


  • University of Georgia School of Law, 2005, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, 1994-1998, B.A. (Double Major, Government and African American Studies)

Admissions


  • 2017 Northern District of Alabama
  • 2009 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 2007 Georgia
  • 2006 Virginia
  • 2005 Southern District of Alabama
  • 2005 Middle District of Alabama
  • 2005 Northern District of Alabama
  • 2005 Alabama
  • Northern District of Georgia

Professional Activities


  • 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
  • Board Member of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation

Awards and Recognition


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • SuperLawyers Rising Stars
  • B-Metro Top Women Attorneys
  • University of Georgia Top 40 under 40
  • Leadership Birmingham
  • Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum
  • Birmingham Bar Future Leaders Forum

Allen D. Arnold

Partner


Mr. Arnold has practiced in the field of employment litigation, almost exclusively representing employees, for his entire career. During this time, he has represented numerous employees who have been denied their overtime wages, found justice for victims of sexual harassment, helped families that were denied their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and fought discriminatory employment practices imposed on people because of their race, gender, national origin, religion, age or disability.

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 particular enjoys the study of the United States Supreme Court and how its decisions affect people.

When not practicing law, Allen enjoys times with his family, playing softball, watching his beloved Chicago Cubs, traveling, reading and drawing.

Education


  • Stetson University College of Law, 2001-2004, J.D. (Cum Laude)
  • Stetson Law Review, 2003-04: 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.”
  • Southern Methodist University, 1996-2000, B.B.A., Major in Finance; Minor in Psychology

Admissions


  • State of Alabama 2004
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional Activities


  • Birmingham Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section (2013-2016)
  • Birmingham Bar Association Entertainment Committee (2015-2017)
  • Birmingham Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee (2006)
  • Birmingham Bar Association Scholarship Committee (2013)

Awards & Recognition


  • 2016 Super Lawyers Alabama: Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation
  • 2015 Super Lawyers Alabama: Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation
  • 2014 Super Lawyers Alabama: Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation
  • 2013 Super Lawyers Alabama: Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation Rising Star

Judgments Obtained on Behalf of Clients