Capell & Howard P.C. Attorneys At Law Montgomery & Auburn/Opelika, AL

Carla Cole Penton


(334) 241-8013


Carla concentrates her practice in the areas of labor and employment law, commercial litigation, and probate and estate litigation. She regularly advises clients of all sizes on federal and state employment laws, including employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, employee leave policies, wage and hour issues, unemployment compensation claims, employment policies and procedures, and non-competition/non-solicitation agreements.  Carla assists employers with daily personnel issues, including the hiring, discipline, and termination of employees and the development and implementation of employee policies and handbooks.  Carla has represented clients in cases filed in federal and state courts and in proceedings before various state administrative agencies, and she is experienced in defending charges before the EEOC.  Carla frequently presents materials on a variety of employment-related topics at seminars for clients and human resources professionals.

In addition to studying business during the pursuit of her undergraduate degree, Carla studied business law and tax law while in law school. Given her training and interest in business and tax law, she also assists clients with commercial litigation, business dispute resolution, and trust and estate litigation.  Carla has experience representing clients in income and estate tax cases before the United States Tax Court and the Alabama Department of Revenue. Carla has also successfully argued an income tax appeal before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Carla actively volunteers at her daughter’s school. She is a member of First United Methodist Church where she serves in various volunteer capacities.


J.D., The University of Alabama School of Law, 1995

B.S., summa cum laude, The University of Alabama, 1991

Bar Admissions

Alabama, 1995

Admitted To Practice

Supreme Court of Alabama

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama

United States Tax Court

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America – Employment Law- Individuals; Employment Law Management

Editor, Alabama Law Review

Secretary, Student Government Association

Jessup International Moot Court Team

John A. Campbell Moot Court Board

Baxter Award for Best Brief submitted in 1995 Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Memberships, Affiliations, and Activities

Alabama State Bar

Montgomery County Bar Association

American Bar Association

Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program

First United Methodist Church, Member and Volunteer

Former Board Member, Junior League of Montgomery

Other Professional Experience

Associate and Shareholder, Gilpin Givhan, PC (August 1995 – April 2015)

Contact Information

150 South Perry Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104

p: (334) 241-8013

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Legal Assistant

Nancy LeGear

p: (334) 241-8025

f: (334) 323-8888


Trudi Letchworth

p: (334) 241-8087

f: (334) 323-8888