Terry A. Sides
Mr. Sides is a native of Jasper, Alabama. In 1982, he graduated from the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance. In 1985, he received his Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, where he was the Associate Editor of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy.
Following law school, Mr. Sides served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Robert E. Varner (1985-1986) and Judge Joel F. Dubina of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1986-1987) in Montgomery, Alabama. He was in private practice in Montgomery for 13 years, following which he moved his practice to Birmingham in 2000, and subsequently joined Thomas S. Hale in founding Hale Sides LLC, of which Mr. Sides is a Managing Member.
Mr. Sides is admitted to practice before all state and federal trial and appellate courts in Alabama and Tennessee, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Alabama and Tennessee State Bar Associations, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, American Inns of Court, and Birmingham Bar Associations. He is a former member of the
Lawyer’s Advisory Committee for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Courts Committee of the Judicial Administration Division (Lawyer’s Conference) of the American Bar Association. He is also a former adjunct professor of law at Jones School of Law of Faulkner University. Both Mr. Sides and his law firm hold Martindale Hubbell’s Preeminent AV rating for their legal knowledge and ethical practice. Mr. Sides is also a member of the Best Lawyers in America® list and Martindale’s The Insurance Bar, which recognizes his experience and special training in insurance matters.
Mr. Sides’ practice is focused on federal civil defense litigation and related matters, with a specific emphasis on municipal, civil rights, and employment law. He has defended dozens of Alabama businesses and governmental entities and their officials against claims alleging violations of civil and constitutional rights, personal injury, and property damage. Mr. Sides also has substantial experience in all facets of employment and personnel matters (both in the private and governmental sectors), including EEOC litigation, employment and discrimination law, workplace harassment litigation, wrongful termination, sex, race, age and disability discrimination, and worker’s compensation law. In 2013, the American Law Media and Martindale Hubbell recognized Mr. Sides as a top lawyer in labor and employment law.
Mr. Sides is a member of the Board of Directors of HPS North America, Inc. and Trissl International, Inc., and he serves as General Counsel to both companies. He is an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church where he serves as Chair of the Church Council. Mr. Sides is also Vice President of Heatherwood Hills Country Club in Birmingham.
Mr. Sides is a Master Bencher of the Judge James Edwin Horton American Inn of Court. The AIC, which is America's oldest, largest and fastest growing legal mentoring organization, is composed of more than 25,000 state, federal and administrative law judges, attorneys, legal scholars and law students, whose purpose is to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.