Kira Fonteneau

Kira Fonteneau was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. Prior to law school, Kira spent several years working in operations management roles with Wachovia Bank. In 2005, Kira began her legal career in Birmingham at a regional employment defense law firm. She later started her own firm that focused on both criminal and civil litigation. During her career, Kira has tried several cases to juries, receiving favorable rulings for her clients in both state and federal courts. She has also argued at both the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

From 2013 until 2016, Kira served as Jefferson County’s first Public Defender. In that capacity, she opened the office and managed a team of 57 employees who served clients who could not afford counsel. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Fonteneau maintained an active practice focusing in criminal defense, employment law and other civil litigations. She has been a regular guest on Fox 6 Legal Lines and frequently gives speeches on leadership, employment law and law office management.

She currently serves on the Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners and the American Diabetes Association’s National Legal Advocacy Subcommittee.


University of Virginia, 1994-1998, B.A.
(Double Major, Government and African American Studies)
University of Georgia School of Law, 2005, J.D.


  • 2005 Alabama
  • 2006 Virginia
  • 2007 Georgia
  • 2009 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners
  • Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee
  • Birmingham Bar Association Grievance Committee
  • Magic City Bar Association
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Alabama Lawyers Association
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • B-Metro Top Women Attorneys
  • University of Georgia Top 40 Under 40
  • Leadership Birmingham
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