James Patrick Alexander

October 14, 1944November 21, 2011

James Patrick Alexander, 67, died November 21, 2011, from a heart attack while snorkeling on vacation in the Bahamas. Jim was born in California, and grew up in Atlanta. He attended Duke University as an undergraduate, where he met his wife, Jeanne. He also graduated from Duke Law School. He loved Duke basketball , so much so that his pets were all named after Duke basketball players. His interests ranged from wine collecting to music, photography, and great family vacations. He was on the Board of the Civil Rights Institute. His family was of utmost importance to him; the love that he held for them was evident in their every interaction. He was one of the founders of the Birmingham office of Littler Mendelson, P.C. Prior to that, he was a partner at Bradley, Arant, Rose, and White for 38 years. He appeared in front of the Supreme Court. He was a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He taught employment law at the University of Alabama School of Law for 21 years. Fellow attorneys have described him as an invaluable mentor. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thelma O'Donell Alexander and Victor Elwin Alexander. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeanne, his daughters Rene Sears and Amy Weaver, their husbands Ben Sears and Kevin Weaver, his grandsons, Jimmy Sears and Wyatt Weaver, his sister Elizabeth, and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive visitors at their home Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30. The service will be at Independent Presbyterian Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the American Heart Association, or Idaho Rivers United.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Russell Lake

June 27, 2012

When I was a "New Kid" at Westminster High School, Jim was the first one to extend me the hand of friendship. We we became good buddies and spent many hours together. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. I extend my deepest sympathy to you his family. My prayers are with you

Norma Alexander

April 29, 2012

Jim Alexander has many cousins. We live in the West. We knew his parents; some of us remember Jim as a boy of ten or as teenager visiting in our area. He grew up to be a credit to his family tree. I am very sorry that he has died so young.

Rachel Kanarek

December 9, 2011

I only just heard this news yesterday, and I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Jim fondly, and I know his bond with his daughters was a very special one. My love and sympathies are with you all.

Joy Quarles

December 4, 2011

Thinking of you in this time of sorrow. Jim was a wonderful person. A great lawyer.

Virginia Applebaum

November 30, 2011

You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.

Leisa Stewart

November 30, 2011

Rest in peace my dear friend. You will be missed. My deepest sympathies to your family and loved ones.

Gary Morgan

November 29, 2011

Jim was always there for myself and my partners. He always had time to sit and talk or to help work out a problem. He will be sorely missed. God bless you, Jim Alexander, and may he hold your family safely in His hands.

November 29, 2011

miss u & love u sweet jim--thank u for being so nice to me! - I know u & cristina r enjoying each other's company!--my heart aches- especially for your dear & sweet best pal jeanne (luv u forever jeanne!) --&-rene-amy-ben-kevin-jimmy-wyatt-walter-maggie-jonathan-sam-jim......& all whose lives u touched so nearly--god's glorious light & glory is joyfully w u - now & forever--& until we meet again--ciao bello--amore-bacio -pace!--xxox sister susie xo

Jamie Brannon

November 29, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. Although I worked for him, Jim was so kind I feel as though I have lost a father because in the few years I knew him, that is how I viewed him.

Laura Nichols

November 29, 2011

I loved Jim! He was cool-headed, kind and fun to work for. He was a great friend to our firm and will be so missed. Prayers for all of you during this tough time!
Laura H. Nichols
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