Mike Ermert Named A Birmingham Business Journal 2018 'Veteran Of Influence'
Honorees were recognized at a breakfast event on October 18 and in a special section of the publication’s October 19 issue.
The program recognizes military veterans “who have distinguished themselves in the Birmingham business world.” A special advisory committee considered criteria such as candidates’ contributions to their company, their track record of innovation and leadership and their role in the Birmingham community.
“Mike’s dedication to our country serves as an example to us all, and we’re proud of his continued service and contribution to our community,” said the firm’s managing partner Leon Ashford. “We are committed to our military and their families, and are proud to be recognized for it.”
Ermert was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1983-1987, when he served in the Public Affairs Office in Fort Gordon, Georgia, rising to the rank of Captain. He then returned to Alabama and, while in his first year of law school, was the Public Affairs Officer for the 31st Armored Brigade in the Alabama National Guard, securing media coverage of training exercises and other events in media outlets across the state. Ermert’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Achievement Award.
Today, Ermert is known as one of the state’s leading experts in medical malpractice cases, trying or settling cases with recoveries totaling in the tens of millions of dollars. He has also successfully represented individuals, families, and small businesses in a wide variety of litigation ranging from catastrophic tractor-trailer collisions to commercial disputes.
Mike has been professionally active in local, state, and national organizations and has chaired a wide range of Bar committees. He was elected by his peers to serve on the Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008 and has been a member of the Jefferson County Differential Case Management Committee. He has been on the board of directors of both the Birmingham Bar Foundation and the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation, serving as president of both organizations. He also is a past president of the Alabama Association for Justice and a former chair of the Downtown YMCA Board of Management. Mike serves as a Commissioner for the Alabama State Bar, is on the Alabama Code of Ethics Reform and Clarification Commission, and was recently elected to a six-year term on the Jefferson County Judicial Commission.