Gerard J. Durward

  • Partner


Birmingham, AL






Family law issues are perhaps among the most personal legal matters you will ever face. Our team at the law firm of Durward & Durward, Attorneys at Law, in Birmingham, Alabama, truly cares about our clients. We provide individualized attention and use the unique details of your case to build a strong strategy that focuses on your interests and rights. From the moment you have your free initial consultation with us, you will be speaking directly to one of our lawyers who is solely focused on helping you during this difficult time.

Founded in 1997, our law firm features attorneys with extensive experience. Gerard (Gerry) J. Durward has been working with clients for 50 years, and G. John Durward, Jr., has been practicing for 19 years. Together, they pool resources and knowledge to handle cases that involve issues such as child custody and support, modifications and enforcement actions and divorce. Our attorneys are especially adept at working with professionals and business owners navigating high-asset cases, or those that involve business division or valuation.

Whatever your case may entail, you can trust our insight to help you move forward. Durward & Durward, Attorneys at Law, serves clients throughout Shelby and Jefferson counties, including those in Pelham, Vestavia Hills and Liberty Park, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Irondale, Greystone, Trussville and Homewood. Our law firm can accept credit cards.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Adoption

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1966
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004


  • Birmingham School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama
    • LL.B. - 1966
  • Paul Smith College
    • A.A.S. - 1957
  • University of Maryland

Honors And Awards

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, 1983 to present
  • Selected as Alabama Super Lawyer, 2009-2013
  • Birmingham Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1979 to Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board of Governor's, 1990 to 1996
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Budget and Finance Chair, 1990 to 1991
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, Alabama chapter, 2004 to 2005
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President-Elect Alabama chapter, 2003 to 2004
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow, 1989 to Present
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, Board of Managers, U.S.A. Chapter, 2007 to 2012
  • The American College of Family Trial Lawyers, Diplomate, 1994 to Present
  • Birmingham Bar Association, President, 1987 to 1988
  • Birmingham Bar Association, President-Elect, 1986 to 1987
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Secretary Treasurer, 1981 to 1981
  • Birmingham Bar Association, Executive Committee, 1976 to 1978
  • Alabama Law Foundation
  • Alabama State Bar Family Law Section

Past Employment Positions

  • Gerard J. Durward, P.C., Owner, 2003 to 2004
  • Durward & Arnold, Partner, 1979 to 2003

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