Birmingham
One Federal Place, Suite 900
1819 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203T: 205.252.9321

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis

  • Prevention and defense of employment litigation

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Alabama, 1999
  • Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2000

Education

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

  • J.D., 1998
  • Cordell Hull Teaching Fellow
  • Dean's List

University of Durham, Durham, England

  • Concentration: International and Comparative Law, Summer 1996

Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

  • B.A., Political Science, 1994
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Mortar Board National Honor Society
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Dean's List 

News

Tamula R. Yelling
Partner

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” 

-- John F. Kennedy

Tamula Yelling devotes her practice to defending and counseling employers on various employment matters. Before joining Constangy, Tamula specialized in representing plaintiffs in cases involving claims of sexual harassment, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and disability, age, religion, race and sex discrimination, as well as cases involving claims of retaliatory discharge, invasion of privacy, negligent supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract. Tamula currently serves as a hearing officer for both the Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation, and she regularly speaks to groups about employment-related issues.

Publications/Presentations

  • Presenter, Staffing: Recruiting, Development & Retention, Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association,  2013
  • Presenter, Alabama Immigration Law Update, Alabama Electrical Association, 2012
  • Presenter, Legal Update, Human Resources Management Conference, 2012
  • Presenter, Fair Labor Standards Act, Lorman Education Services, 2011
  • Presenter, Legal Update, Human Resources Management Conference, 2011
  • Presenter, What Employers Can Expect from EEOC & DOL in Coming Months, Human Resources Management Conference,  2010
  • Presenter, Legal Update, Human Resources Management Conference, 2010
  • Presenter, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act & Legislative Update, Mechanical Contractors Association, 2010
  • Presenter, FMLA Update, Human Resources Management Conference, 2009
  • Presenter, Employment Law 101, Alabama Lawyers Association, 2008

Awards & Recognition

  • Named "Up and Coming" by Chambers USA, 2013
  • Named an Alabama 'Rising Star' by Super Lawyers (2012-2014)
  • Honoree - 2012 Best in Minority Business Awards, Outstanding Female Attorney


Professional Activities/Associations

  • Member and Past President, Alabama Lawyers Association
  • Adjunct Faculty, Samford University
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Magic City Bar Association
  • Grievance Committee Member, Birmingham Bar Association
  • Planning Committee Member, Cumberland Annual Employment Law Seminar
  • Planning Committee Member, Tuscaloosa Human Resources Management Conference
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (National and Birmingham Chapters)

Civic/Charitable Activities/Associations

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
  • Member, United Way of Central Alabama Visiting Allocations Team
  • Board of Directors, Better Basics, Inc.

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

  • Tamula enjoys traveling, attending plays and spending time with her friends and family (especially her nephews).