I have built my career based on the principles of integrity, honesty, hard work and devotion to my clients. I strongly believe that litigation experience in school board law makes me a better attorney for my clients, as my experience allows me to help clients identify potential issues before they arise.
Bob Campbell’s distinguished legal career has revolved around providing quality legal services to numerous clients in a vast area of practices, including litigation at all levels of Alabama state and federal courts. Though Bob has a diverse array of clients, the majority of his practice is related to school board and education law.
In the education field, Bob serves school boards, school districts and individual schools. For more than 40 years, Bob has litigated school board and school employee issues, ranging from personal injuries in schools, contract disputes and the defense of employee lawsuits. He has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding constitutional issues pertaining to school desegregation, voting rights and school prayer.
Bob has been retained by numerous cities seeking to separate their school systems from larger county school systems. He has consulted school boards about the process, as well as their potential to separate from county systems.
While representing school board clients and routinely attending all of their night meetings and special meetings, Bob has also maintained a general civil practice, as well as representing clients in criminal defense, personal injury and other various other matters.
Bob served in the U.S. Army Infantry attached to JAG from 1967–1969. An active member of the local business community, Bob served as Chairman of the Board of a local bank in Mobile, Alabama for more than 12 years.
“ More than 40 years into my legal practice, I aim to continue a tradition of excellence of the firm I co-founded. Being given the opportunity to serve so many school boards, and in turn, the children who benefit from their services, is a responsibility I take to heart and is one of the reasons I enjoy my work. ”
- Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., Student Bar Representative; Vice-President, Law School Bar Association, 1967
- Georgetown College, B.A., 1964
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
- United States Sports Academy, Board of Trustees (1993 to date), Chairman of the Board (1999 to date)
- Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Board of Directors
Areas of Practice
- Georgetown College Alumni Achievement Award, 2001
- Pi Kappa Alpha Hall of Fame, 1999
- Best Lawyers® - Education Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - First Amendment, Litigation - Labor and Employment, and Litigation - Municipal (2007–2017)
- AV® Preeminent 2017 Elite Lawyer of the South (by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell)
- AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
- Martindale-Hubbell Judicial Edition
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Federal Bar Association, Mobile Chapter President
- American Bar Association
- Alabama State Bar
- Mobile Bar Association
- Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys, Former President
- National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
- Mobile County, Chief Assistant District Attorney (1970–1973)
- City of Mobile, Assistant City Attorney (1973–1981)
- Mobile County Youth Center, Assistant Juvenile Judge (1975–1978)
- University of South Alabama, Law Instructor (1971–1987)
- Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Alabama (1977 to date)
- Served as attorney for the Board of School Commissioners of a major county school district from 1977–2003.
- Served as attorney for a county sheriff from 1995–2002.
- Serving as general counsel for a state school of math and science from 1993 to date.
- Serving as attorney for a coastal Alabama town from January 2001 to date.
- Serving as attorney for a County Board of Equalization from February 2004 to date.
- Served as lead attorney responsible for the creation of city school systems in multiple Alabama cities, spanning from 2008 to 2012, and currently serves as school board attorney for all three systems.
- Serving as counsel to a recently formed city Board of Education.
- Representing an Alabama town as its Town Attorney for nearly the past 20 years.
- Representing a major County Board of Equalization, handling all its litigation for ad valorem tax appeals and serving as general legal counsel.
- Retained as counsel by four Alabama cities to aid in separating their city school systems from major county school district systems, continuing to serve as board attorney for all four of those boards.