Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan joined Fortif in 2018 and is passionate about helping businesses and nonprofits grow as they navigate each phase of their development. He represents a diverse set of clients ranging from large corporations and startups to private foundations and public charities. His practice covers a variety of areas including corporate law, intellectual property, nonprofit law, and economic and community development law.

Prior to practicing law, Jonathan was the founder and director of an international nonprofit that partnered with community leaders to deliver adult education and economic development opportunities in rural communities throughout Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he lived for nearly five years.

Jonathan lives in Birmingham with his wife, son, and two dogs.

“My hope is to be a strategic thought partner who provides excellent and timely counsel tailored to meet the needs of each of my clients.”


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2018
  • Liberty University, B.S. in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, 2014

Community Involvement

  • Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Member
  • Rotaract Club of Birmingham, 2020-2021 VP of Finance, 2019-2020 Fundraising Chair
  • Rotaract Club of Birmingham Foundation, 2020-2021 Treasurer
  • Alabama Techstars EnergyTech Accelerator, Mentor
  • Bronze Valley gener8tor Accelerator C-Suite on Demand, Mentor
  • Journal of Small Business & Enterprise Development, Entrepreneur & Practitioner Advisory Board Member
  • The Vine Partnerships, Co-founder & Chair
  • Birmingham Southern College, 2020-2021 Adjunct Professor
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama, 2019-2021 Education Committee
  • Redeemer Community Church, Member
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Member


  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Corporate Law (2024)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Government Relations Practice (2024)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Nonprofit / Charities Law (2024)
  • Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 (2022)
  • Birmingham Business Journal NextGenBHM “Top Winner” Industry Award (2021)
  • Birmingham Business Journal Rising Star of the Law (2020)
  • “Do Good or Make Money? Now Alabama Entrepreneurs Can Do Both”, (2021) (republished by Investor News).


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