Malia Tartt is an attorney licensed in the State of Alabama specializing in mass tort pharmaceuticals and medical device litigation.
Malia was raised in the Shoals Area of Alabama. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, majoring in Biological Anthropology. During her time at UA, Malia actively participated in several research projects while working with the Human Behavioral Ecology Research Group. She began her legal career at Farris, Riley & Pitt as the receptionist in 2015 and eventually joined managing partner Kirby Farris as his litigation legal assistant.
The attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt inspired Malia to attend law school. She continued to work as Kirby Farris’ litigation legal assistant and attended law school at night and on the weekends at the Birmingham School of Law. While in law school, Malia served as the President of the Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society, captain of the 2021 mock trial team (earning the 2021 Golden Gavel award) and co-founded the first Women’s Association on campus. Malia graduated summa cum laude in May 2021 and was licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama in October 2021.
Malia is a member of the Committee of 25 for Girls, Inc. of Central Alabama and the Freshwater Land Trust Junior Board. She also volunteers with the Volunteer Lawyers Board of Birmingham serving on their domestic relations desk and serves as one of the philanthropy directors of Farris, Riley & Pitt. Malia is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama Association for Justice, and American Association for Justice. In 2022, she was listed among B-Metro Magazine’s Top Women Attorneys. In her free time, Malia enjoys being outdoors, hunting down good music, and chasing around her Lab mix, Hemingway.
As the daughter of a hard-working single mother, Malia learned first-hand that there is no substitute for grit, determination and heart. Malia carries those characteristics into her law practice as she strives to provide the very best legal representation to her clients.
- Birmingham School of Law
- Juris Doctor, May 2021, summa cum laude
- University of Alabama
- B.A. in Biological Anthropology, December 2017
- Alabama State Bar, October 2021
- Birmingham Bar Association
- Birmingham Bar Association Women’s Section
- American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society
- 2021 Golden Gavel Recipient
- Dean’s List
- 3rd Place in Heninger Garrison Davis Closing Argument Competition James J. Bushnell and Robert Potter Award
- Birmingham Bar Association Service to Women Award
- Co-Founder of Birmingham School of Law Women’s Association Birmingham School of Law Trial Team Member (2019-2020) Birmingham School of Law Trial Team Co-Captain (2020-2021) Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society Treasurer (2019-2020)
- Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society President (2019-2020)
- Black Law Student Association Member
- Spearheaded school-wide tutoring and 1L Mentorship Program
- Participated in the American Association for Justice’s first ever virtual trial competition (March 2021)
- Participated in Heninger Garrison Davis’ Closing Arguments Competition (2019) Philanthropy Director at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP (2017-2020)