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Robert T. Cunningham

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates

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Paralegal
Amanda Cotton
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A distinguished war veteran, one of the top trial lawyers in the United States, and a driving force that has helped to build Cunningham Bounds, LLC into one of the best plaintiff law firms in America, Mr. Cunningham has enjoyed a long and distinguished career.

Before entering college, Mr. Cunningham served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1970 as both an enlisted man and officer. During his service as a helicopter pilot, he flew over 300 combat missions in Vietnam, including participation in the Battle of Khe Sanh, before being seriously wounded during the 1968 Tet Offensive. After several months of hospitalization and rehabilitation in Japan, he returned to combat and flew another 200+ missions. Among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, 29 Air Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon. He has served his local community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Metropolitan YMCA, the Gulf Coast Conservation Association and Leadership Mobile. He was a member of the first graduating class of Leadership Alabama and currently chairs the board of the Cunningham Family Charitable Foundation. He and his wife, Joanna, have been married for forty-six years and are the parents of two sons and a daughter and the grandparents of five boys and five girls. Mr. Cunningham is a 59 time IGFA World Record holder on light tackle and fly rod. He also holds the Louisiana state record for tarpon on fly. He is the author of Chasing Records: An Angler's Quest (New York, N.Y.: Skyhorse Publishing, 2012).

Mr. Cunningham has represented plaintiffs in numerous cases resulting in record breaking verdicts in Alabama and nationwide. Examples include his representation of Dirt, Inc. in an environmental contamination trial resulting in a $108 million jury verdict against Halliburton, Inc. and acting as co-lead counsel along with partner Skip Finkbohner in an intellectual property trial representing inventor Dr. Peter Mannsfeld against German chemical company Ineos Phenol GmbH & Co. KG which resulted in a jury verdict of $192 million. Mr. Cunningham led the firm's pro bono representation of the University of Alabama in its fight against the NCAA sanctioning of the Crimson Tide football team and was lead trial counsel in the State of Alabama's $11.9 billion verdict against ExxonMobil for underpayment of royalties.

In 2010, Mr. Cunningham was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Multi-District Litigation arising out of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting environmental disaster. After that appointment, he served as a leader of the trial team preparing for the February 2012 trial. On the eve of that trial, a historic multi-billion dollar settlement of many claims was reached with BP. Beginning in February 2013, the remaining claims against BP, and the claims against Transocean and Halliburton, were tried during a two-month trial in the Federal District Court in New Orleans. On September 4, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier in a one hundred fifty three page opinion ruled that the trial evidence demonstrated “gross negligence” and “reckless conduct” by BP in causing the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He found BP 67% at fault. He also ruled that Transocean and Halliburton were each guilty of negligence which contributed to the disaster. The penalty phase of the litigation was tried in January 2015. On September 10, 2014, Mr. Cunningham was appointed as a Deputy Attorney General by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and was selected to lead the trial team in Alabama’s lawsuit seeking economic damages from BP. The trial of that case was scheduled for 2016, but in October 2015, a settlement was reached between Alabama and BP totaling over $2 billion.  Mr. Cunningham continues active involvement in the ongoing litigation as a member of the PSC and as Class Counsel. 

Recognition & Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation named Mr. Cunningham as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America (2015-present)
  • Benchmark Plaintiff named him a "Litigation Star" in its national rankings of personal injury attorneys and for Alabama (2013-present)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers as "Mobile Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year" (2009)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers as "Mobile Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year" (2010)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in "Commercial Litigation" (2010)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in "Environmental Litigation" (2010)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (1987-present)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers magazine as one of the Top 50 plaintiff attorneys in Alabama / Mid-South Region (2008-present)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers magazine as one of the Top 10 attorneys in the state of Alabama (2009 and 2010) and was the only lawyer from Mobile to receive this honor
  • Listed as one of the 500 "Leading Lawyers in America" by Lawdragon Magazine
  • Listed in Chambers USA 2009 as one of the top lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation
  • AV® Preeminent 5.0/5.0 Peer Rating

Significant Verdicts

$11.9 Billion Verdict for the State of Alabama Against Exxon for Royalty Fraud

State of Alabama vs. ExxonMobil | Montgomery County, Alabama | Case No. CV-99-2368

Cunningham Bounds was retained by the State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to assert claims of royalty fraud against E...

Over $1 Billion paid to homeowners affected by defective Masonite siding & shingles.

Naef v. Masonite Corp, International Paper Co., Cosby v. Masonite Corp., Smith v. Masonite Corp, International Paper Co. | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-94-4033, Case No. CV-98-2446, Case No. CV-98-2447

Defective hardboard siding and shingles litigations resulting in settlement (after phase 1 of Naef trial) on behalf of four million consumers of pr...

Biggest offshore spill in U.S. History

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico | U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana | MDL 2179

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico causing the deaths of 11 workers on the rig. It also caused oil to begin po...

Bondholders Reach Settlements Worth $226 Million Over Fraudulent Statements

In re HealthSouth Corporation Securities Litigation | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division | Case No. CV-03-BE-1500

Cunningham Bounds served as co-lead counsel for bondholder plaintiffs in a lawsuit against HealthSouth, UBS and Ernst Young for fraudulent statemen...

$192 Million Verdict for Inventor in Intellectual Property Case

Mannsfeld v. Ineos Phenol, et al. | Mobile County Circuit Court | Case No. CV-06-001956

Cunningham Bounds represented Dr. Sven-Peter Mannsfeld, a chemical expert, who created a method of transforming certain hazardous industrial wastes...

$108 Million Verdict in Hazardous Waste Case

Dirt Inc. v. ShawCor Ltd., et al. | Mobile County Circuit Court | Case No. CV-05-001523

Cunningham Bounds represented Dirt Inc., a construction and demolition waste landfill, in its allegations against ShawCor Ltd., Halliburton and oth...

Wrongful Death Verdict from Nursing Home Negligence

Lillian West, as Adm. v. Montrose Bay Health Care Center | Baldwin County, Alabama | Case No. CV-91-617

Cunningham Bounds achieved a wrongful death verdict in this nursing home negligence case.

$50 Million Verdict in Death of Truck Driver

Witherspoon v. Mack Trucks, Inc. | Clarke County, Alabama | Case No. CV-97-172-C

Cunningham Bounds’ attorneys achieved a $50 million verdict in this product liability case wherein a truck driver burned to death in a post-a...

$34 Million Settlement Negotiated for the State of Alabama Against Shell Oil Co. for Royalty Fraud

State of Alabama v. Shell Oil Co. | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-99-1949

Cunningham Bounds was retained by the State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to assert claims of royalty fraud against&n...

$29 Million Settlement Negotiated for the State of Alabama Against Amoco Production Co. for Royalty Fraud

State of Alabama v. Amoco Production Co. | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-99-2528

Cunningham Bounds was retained by the State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to assert claims of royalty fraud against&n...

$13 Million Verdict for Electrocution

Ramanauskas v. Lance, Inc., et al. | Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama | CV-1995-004253

$13 million verdict for electrocution of 10-year-old due to improperly grounded vending machine.

$12.5 Million Settlement Negotiated for the State of Alabama Against Mobil Oil Co. for Royalty Fraud

State of Alabama v. Mobil Oil Corporation | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-99-2527

Cunningham Bounds was retained by the State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to assert claims of royalty fraud against M...

$9 Million Verdict in Truck Rollover Case

Steven E. Hodges v. General Motors Corporation, et al. | Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama | CV-1989-001690

$9 Million verdict for 17-year-old who was paralyzed during truck rollover due to defective design.

$7,150,000 Verdict for Family over Wrongful Death by Gas Poisoning

Rosa Robinson, etc., et al. v. Mobile Gas Corporation, Tyrone Wilson, et al. | Mobile County Circuit Court | Civil Action No. CV-2005-003587

Firm partners achieved a $7,150,000 jury verdict in 2007 for wrongful death to plaintiff’s decedent and personal injuries to plaintiffs as a ...

$5.5 Million Verdict for Brain Damage during a routine appendectomy

Ard v. South Baldwin Hospital | Baldwin County, Alabama | Case No. CV-87-303

The attorneys of Cunningham Bounds achieved a $5.5 million jury verdict for the family of a little girl left brain damaged during a routine appende...

$4.6 Million Settlement Negotiated for the State of Alabama Against Hunt Petroleum for Royalty Fraud

State of Alabama v. Hunt Petroleum Corp. | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-99-2526

Our firm was retained by the State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to assert claims of royalty fraud against Hunt ...

$3 Million Verdict for family in Trucking Accident

Miller v. Bradford Health Services | Mobile County, Alabama

The attorneys of Cunningham Bounds obtained a $3 million verdict for the family of a woman who was killed on her way to school when her vehicle str...

$1 Million Verdict in Consumer Fraud Case

Lewis v. Auto Mart of the Southeast, et al. | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-93-3292

Cunningham Bounds obtained a million dollar verdict in this consumer fraud case.

Class Action Settled Over Defective Stucco Siding

Ruff v. Parex, Inc. | General Court of Justice, Superior Court Division, New Hanover County, North Carolina | Case No. 96-CVS-0059

A class action on behalf of North Carolina residents for defective synthetic stucco siding resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement against D...

Personal Injury Verdict Over Improper Workplace Techniques

Payne v. Ciba Geigy | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-94-980

Cunningham Bounds obtained a personal injury verdict in this case involving improper techniques used during a rescue operation from a closed vessel.

Settlement Negotiated Over Paralyzing Railroad Accident

Williams v. BE&K | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-97-2931

The firm negotiated a settlement in this industrial accident case involving a worker rendered paraplegic in a near collision between a train and an...

Settlement Reached in Product Liability Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Montalvo v. Lucedale Marine, et al. | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. 93-996

A confidential settlement was reached in this maritime product liability wrongful death case regarding defective steering control.

Settlement Reached Over Collision with Concrete Truck

Daughtry v. Morris Concrete | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV2004-451

The firm negotiated a confidential settlement for a man who suffered severe injuries when he was crushed by a speeding Morris Concrete truck which ...

Negotiated Recoveries for Victims of Air Crash Due to Engine Malfunction

Anonymous v. Anonymous | Mobile County, Alabama

The attorneys of Cunningham Bounds negotiated confidential recoveries for the families of four victims of an air crash involving a Beech Bonanza ai...

Confidential Settlement in 193-Vehicle Pileup

Robert V. Kobos, Administrator of the Estate of Frances Kobos, deceased v. Barber Dairies, Inc., et al. | Circuit Court of Mobile County Alabama | CV-1995-001369

Our attorneys secured a settlement for the family of a Baldwin County school teacher who was was pinned in burning wreckage and killed when sh...

Pro Bono Defense of Crimson Tide against NCAA Sanctions

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Robert Cunningham led the firm's pro bono representation of the University of Alabama in its 2002 fight against the NCAA sanctioning of the Crimson...

Settlement Negotiated in Truck Rollover Case

Jones v. Ergon Oil

A settlement was reached in this product liability/tanker truck rollover case prior to suit being filed.

Negotiated Settlement for Electrocution Victim

Shepherd v. McGraw Edison, et al. | U.S. District Court for the Southern District, Southern Division | Case No. CV-89-0964-B-H

The firm negotiated a confidential settlement for the victim of electrocution injuries caused by malfunctioning electrical reclosers.

Settlement Negotiated in Electrocution Case

Hannah v. Square D | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-91-3842

The firm reached a confidential settlement in this electrocution case involving an electrical switch panel.

Settlement Reached in Medical Malpractice Death Lawsuit

Mack v. Lasecki | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-91-1945

The firm negotiated a confidential settlement based on medical malpractice/death from anesthesia during ingrown toenail surgery.

Settlement Negotiated in Death from Medical Malpractice Case

Johnson v. Hyman | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-97-3358

Cunningham Bounds reached a settlement in this medical malpractice/wrongful death case.

Settlement Negotiated in Medical Malpractice Case

Kendall v. Vizzi | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Civil Action No. CV-95-133

The attorneys of Cunningham Bounds negotiated a confidential settlement for a victim of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography ("ERCP") and...

Settlement Negotiated in Medical Negligence Case

Brown v. Mobile Infirmary | Mobile County, Alabama | Case No. CV-99-1050

The firm negotiated a confidential settlement for the family of a plaintiff who died as a result of a femoral artery bleed while the patient was in...

Settlement Negotiated Over Defective Heater

Horton v. De Longhi, at al. | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Case No. 2008-901543

In December 2011, the attorneys of Cunningham Bounds negotiated a confidential settlement in this case involving an oil-filled electric space heate...

News

Dec 20, 2016

All Partners of Cunningham Bounds Receive 2016 Super Lawyers Ranking

Mobile, Ala. – All the partners of Cunningham Bounds, LLC were selected to the 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers list of outstanding attorney...

Nov 15, 2016

Lawyers with Cunningham Bounds Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America

MOBILE, Ala. – Personal injury lawyers with Cunningham Bounds, LLC have been named to Benchmark Litigation’s 2017 elite list of “...

Nov 14, 2016

Cunningham Bounds Named One of Alabama’s Leading Litigation Firms

MOBILE, Ala. – Benchmark Litigation has published its 2017 directory of leading law firms and the personal injury firm of Cunningham Bounds, ...

Aug 15, 2016

Lawyers of Cunningham Bounds Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

MOBILE, Ala. – Thirteen personal injury lawyers with the firm Cunningham Bounds, LLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in T...

Jun 01, 2016

Cunningham Bounds the Only Law Firm in Alabama to Receive Top Ranking

In the Chambers and Partners 2016 ranking of U.S. leading law firms and lawyers, Cunningham Bounds was the only law firm in Alabama to receive the ...

Oct 30, 2015

Cunningham Bounds’ Attorneys on Elite List of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America

MOBILE, Ala. – Benchmark Litigation recently published its listing of “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America,” which included two ...

Oct 27, 2015

Benchmark Litigation Names Cunningham Bounds a Leading Law Firm

MOBILE, Ala. – In its 2016 rankings of America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, Benchmark Litigation named Cunningham Bounds, ...

Aug 18, 2015

Attorneys of Cunningham Bounds Recognized in Best Lawyers in America® 2016

MOBILE, Ala. – Thirteen lawyers from the firm Cunningham Bounds, LLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers ...

Jul 08, 2015

All Cunningham Bounds Partners Named to Alabama Super Lawyers

All the partners of Cunningham Bounds, LLC have been named to the annual list of Alabama Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.  The Super Lawyers ...

Jul 02, 2015

State Reaches Agreement with BP for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Damages

Mobile, Ala. – Today, Governor Robert Bentley announced in a news conference that the State of Alabama has reached an Agreement in Principle ...

Apr 09, 2015

BP’s “Well from Hell” and a Very Big Class Action

Mobile attorney Robert Cunningham reprises a trial-team view, representing plaintiffs in the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. April 20 is the fifth anniversary of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which began spewing over 200 million gallons of BP crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sep 15, 2013

The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Includes Cunningham Bounds’ Attorneys

MOBILE, Ala. – Ten lawyers from the firm Cunningham Bounds, LLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Am...

Jun 30, 2013

BP's "anti-settlement campaign" is contemptible and disgusting

Published: Opinion, al.com  By Bobo Cunningham  To view online:  http://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/06/bp.html#comments ...

May 10, 2013

Ten Attorneys with Cunningham Bounds Named to Super Lawyers 2013

MOBILE, Ala. – Ten attorneys with Cunningham Bounds, LLC have been selected to the 2013 Alabama Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than f...

Sep 18, 2012

Ten Cunningham Bounds Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America®

MOBILE, Ala. -- Ten lawyers from the firm Cunningham Bounds, LLC were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Am...

Aug 24, 2012

Lawyer at center of the case against BP holds 57 world records

Published 8/24/12 By Ben Raines, Press-Register  http://blog.al.com/live/2012/08/lawyer_at_center_of_the.html  Robert Cunningham's new ...

Aug 01, 2012

Top Dollar Takedowns: Biggest Jury Awards in the Last Five Years

Cunningham Bounds is sited as "Some of the state’s most skillful plaintiff attorneys give their views of the their big wins—the 10 larg...

Feb 07, 2012

Executive Q & A: Colossal Case Seeks To Pump Justice From BP

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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Cunningham Bounds Attorneys Named as The Best Lawyers in America®

MOBILE, Ala. -- Nine lawyers from the firm Cunningham Bounds were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®...

Aug 05, 2011

Breedlove & Cunningham Recognized as "Leading Lawyers of Alabama"

MOBILE, Ala. – Greg B. Breedlove and Robert T. Cunningham of Cunningham Bounds, LLC were recently recognized as “Leading Lawyers of Al...

Jul 01, 2011

BP's Ex Chief and Plaintiffs' Lawyers Spar Over Safety (The New York Times)

By: John Schwartz  In testimony before Congress last summer, Tony Hayward, then BP’s chief executive, asserted that his company was co...

Apr 23, 2010

RSA Announces $100 Million Settlement with UBS Warburg and three individual UBS Defendants and $33.5 Million settlement with Ernst & Young LLP

MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 21, 2010 – The Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), court appointed Lead Plaintiff of a class of bond purchasers of H...

Aug 14, 2009

Robert T. Cunningham Named One of Top 10 Attorneys in Alabama by Super Lawyers magazine

Mobile, Alabama – Cunningham Bounds, LLC is pleased to announce that Robert T. Cunningham has been named one of the Top 10 attorneys in the ...

Jul 02, 2007

Utility, Others Lose Lawsuit

Mobile Gas, landlord and men who worked on furnace ordered to pay $7 million judgment By GARY McELROY  Staff Reporter - Press Register  ...

Feb 07, 2007

Exxon Mobil fights judgment

By Phillip Rawls  The Associated Press  The largest verdict in Alabama history went before the Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday with Ex...

Jan 21, 2005

Student's traffic death garners $3M verdict

By GARY McELROY  Staff Reporter  A 77-year-old driver, who'd been on the road for 30 of the previous 39 hours, fell asleep and caused a...

Jul 18, 2004

Your Word

By JIM CLARK  Special to the Register  The editorial pages of the Mobile Register frequently contain the opinions of Skip Tucker, execu...

Apr 25, 2004

Unjustifiable Business

Mobile Register  By David S. Casey  ExxonMobil verdict sends a clear message that scheming corporate America can't hide behind its loft...

Mar 29, 2004

Judge cuts Alabama verdict against Exxon Mobil to $3.6 billion

By PHILLIP RAWLS  The Associated Press  3/29/2004, 5:21 p.m. CT  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The record $11.9 billion verdict that A...

Mar 27, 2004

Natural gas litigation means millions to state, lawyers

By PHILLIP RAWLS  The Associated Press  3/27/2004, 12:27 p.m. CT  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The state government's royalty dispute...

Sep 19, 2002

UA legal appeal unlikely

Officials say it’s time to move on; school won’t file lawsuit  By Steve Reeves  tuscaloosanews.com  TUSCALOOSA | Univ...

Sep 18, 2002

UA officials not off hook

Commentary by RAY MELICK  BIRMINGHAM POST-HERALD  TUSCALOOSA — On the one hand, it doesn't make any sense. How do you penalize th...

Sep 18, 2002

Tide fans angered over outcome

By IAN GUERIN  BIRMINGHAM POST-HERALD  Alabama fans will continue to be Crimson Tide supporters, regardless of what the NCAA Division ...

Sep 18, 2002

Tide gets no relief from NCAA

The Birmingham News  STEVE KIRK and STEVE IRVINE  News staff writers  TUSCALOOSA An exhaustive investigation into the University o...

Sep 18, 2002

Players: time to move on

By GREG WALLACE  BIRMINGHAM POST-HERALD  TUSCALOOSA — Over. Finished. Done. No question, no doubt, nothing more to say.  Th...

Sep 18, 2002

Arguments fell on deaf ears

GREG WALLACE  BIRMINGHAM POST-HERALD  TUSCALOOSA — At every turn, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee had an answer.  Ea...

Sep 18, 2002

Alabama's reaction to NCAA appeal

The Crimson White (online)  By Alex Merritt  Assistant Sports Editor  September 18, 2002  The NCAA Committee on Infractions a...

Sep 18, 2002

Alabama exhausts appeals of penalty

By THOMAS MURPHY  Sports Reporter Mobile Register  TUSCALOOSA -- University of Alabama officials and the university's legal team fumed ...

Sep 17, 2002

University of Alabama responses to the appeal decision

tuscaloosanews.com  Statements concerning today's NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee Ruling, from University of Alabama Interim President J....

Sep 17, 2002

Sanctions stand

By Cecil Hurt  tuscaloosanews.com  TUSCALOOSA | The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on Tuesday pointedly rejected the University of ...

Sep 17, 2002

NCAA upholds sanctions against Alabama

from ESPN.com  Associated Press  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The NCAA rejected Alabama's request that it ease sanctions against the football pr...

Sep 17, 2002

NCAA Division I infractions appeals committee upholds penalties against University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

tuscaloosanews.com  INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee upheld all findings and penalties involving the footbal...

Sep 17, 2002

Former University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, assistant football coach public infractions appeals committee report

NCAA news release  CONTACT:  Terry Don Phillips  NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee  INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA  This repo...

Sep 17, 2002

Appeals committee does not come to rescue

By Tom Farrey  ESPN.com  As a vast, member-driven organization, the NCAA can be an impossible creature to fathom. Initiatives ebb and f...

Sep 09, 2002

Property Owners Assert Claims for Defective Siding in Class Action Involving Stimson (Forestex) Hardboard Siding

SEATTLE, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A King County, Washington Superior Court  judge has certified for class action treatment a lawsuit concernin...

Aug 25, 2002

UA didn't get equal protection under the law from the NCAA

tuscaloosanews.com  Any discussion of the University of Alabama’s appeal of the sanctions handed down by the NCAA for football recruit...

Aug 23, 2002

UA attacks sanctions as unfair

Alabama appeal based on contention that heavy sanctions are unprecedented and inappropriate for the violations committed  By THOMAS MURPHY&n...

Aug 23, 2002

Wrangling with confidentiality and credibility

By Cecil Hurt  tuscaloosanews.com  There has already been far too much “death penalty" rhetoric connected with the University of ...

Aug 20, 2002

UA pulls no punches in response to NCAA

By Cecil Hurt  tuscaloosanews.com  TUSCALOOSA | In two strongly worded documents that include terms such as "disturbing," "perverse" an...

Aug 17, 2002

Tide states its case

School will release information about NCAA appeal next week  By PAUL GATTIS  Huntsville Times Sports Staff paulg@htimes.com  TUS...

Aug 17, 2002

Still uphill for UA

Mobile attorney Robert Cunningham feels Alabama's appeal of NCAA punishment went well but says school still faces 'difficult challenge' in getting...

Aug 16, 2002

UA to Appeal for Leniency

Alabama officials get long-awaited hearing before NCAA appeals panel today with goal of reducing sanctions  By THOMAS MURPHY  Sports Re...

Aug 16, 2002

Alabama lawyers say hearing went well

By Cecil Hurt  Sports Editor  Tidesports.com presented by the Tuscaloosa News  CHICAGO | Robert "Bobo" Cunningham, who served as l...

Aug 15, 2002

Alabama seeks final judgment

STEVE KIRK and STEVE IRVINE  News staff writers  The Birmingham News  A University of Alabama defense team leaves today for Chica...

Aug 14, 2002

NCAA Hearing Won’t Provide Easy Answers

TideSports.com  By Cecil Hurt  Preparations are complete. The long practice sessions and strategy meetings are done. A daunting task re...

Aug 04, 2002

Hope for Bama?

By THOMAS MURPHY  Sports Reporter  While the Mobile lawyer handling the University of Alabama's appeal has conceded it will be tough f...

Apr 24, 2002

State Eyes Filing Suit Over Drug Pricing

Mobile Register  Montgomery - Gov. Don Siegelman's administration could file a lawsuit over drug pricing and follow the lead of two other st...

Feb 19, 2002

UA Adds Attorney for NCAA fight

By Cecil Hurt  TideSports.com  TUSCALOOSA - The University of Alabama has added an attorney from one of the state’s most noted l...

Feb 19, 2002

Prominent Attorney to Take on Bama Case

Robert Cunningham Jr. says he looks forward to arguing appeal of sanctions against Crimson Tide football program  By JOHN CAMERON  Ass...

Feb 19, 2002

Prominent Attorney Joins Tide’s Appeal

from the Montgomery Advertiser Digital Edition  MOBILE – A lawyer known for getting a record $3.5 billion in a case against Exxon Mobi...

Feb 18, 2002

Robert Cunningham, Jr. Joins Tide Legal Team for Appeal

RollTide.com  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama President Andrew Sorensen announced today that Robert Cunningham, Jr., of the Mobile...

Aug 07, 2001

Inside The Firm

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2001 July 29, 2001  By GARY McELROY - Staff Reporter  Mobile Register  Three Mobile lawyers, with five paralegals ...

Mar 27, 2001

Local Attorneys Make National List - Twice

From the Mobile Register  By EDDIE CURRAN  Staff Reporter  Two jury verdicts won last year by the Mobile plaintiffs firm Cunning...

Feb 19, 2001

Could a $2 Part Have Prevented a Burning Death?

The National Law Journal  Case Type: products liability  Case: Witherspoon v. Mack Trucks Inc.,  CV-97-172C (Clarke Co., Ala., C...

Dec 21, 2000

Hefty Punitive Award Brings Mixed Feelings

Birmingham Post Herald  State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr. is of two minds about Tuesday's verdict that resulted in a record $3.5 billion award for ...

Apr 24, 2000

Truck Fire Sparks $50M Verdict

Truck Fire Sparks $50M Verdict  Search for documents is key in Ala. suit over a trucker's death  Margaret Cronin Fisk The National Law...

Apr 20, 2000

$50 Million Verdict Against Mack a Record for County

$50 million verdict against Mack a record for county  April 20, 2000  By JIM COX  Jackson attorney Gaines McCorquodale told a pa...

Apr 13, 2000

Trucker's Mom Wins $50 Million Judgment

Trucker's mom wins $50 million judgment  April 13, 2000  By KAREN TOLKKINEN  GROVE HILL — A Clarke County jury awarded $50...

Mar 06, 1999

Damages Reduced in Electrocution Case

By Bill Poovey  The Associated Press  The Alabama Supreme Court reduced from $ 13 million to $ 4 million a jury's award of damages to ...

Oct 14, 1997

Lance, Inc. Ordered to Pay $3 Million in Child's Death

The Montgomery Advertiser  The Associated Press  MOBILE -- Lance Inc. has been ordered to pay a Mobile couple $ 3 million in damages fo...

Aug 21, 1997

Property Owners and Siding Manufacturer Enter into Settlement

Asbestos Property Litigation Reporter  Also:  Consumer Product Litigation Reporter  Mass Tort Litigation Reporter  Siding:...

Aug 11, 1997

Keep Record of Home Siding Problems

The Indianapolis News  Keep record of home siding problems  Excerpt of column by:  Herman Hoglebogle  DEAR HERMAN:  ...

Aug 11, 1997

Siding Manufacturer Nailed For Massive Liability

The National Law Journal  VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS column  Siding Manufacturer Nailed For Massive Liability  CASE TYPE: liabilit...

Sep 01, 1996

AL Jury Finds Masonite Siding Defective; 4 Million People Affected

Mass Tort Litigation Reporter  Naef v. Masonite  Al Jury Finds Masonite Siding Defective; 4 Million People Affected  An Alabama ...

Dec 09, 1995

Masonite Suits Made a Class Action

Chicago Tribune  By Pete Zurales  Mobile Press-Register.  A judge in Mobile (Ala.) County has granted class-action status to a l...

Jan 17, 1995

1993's Largest Verdicts

The National Law Journal  Some Big Judgments Were Settled After Trial  (excerpt)  As happens every year, some of the largest 199...

Dec 05, 1992

$9 Million Verdict Returned Against GM

Mobile Register  A Baldwin County Circuit Court jury returned a $9 million verdict Friday holding General Motors liable for injuries the left...

May 01, 1990

Triple Amputee Accepts $3.1 Million in Settlement

Mobile Register  A triple amputee has agreed to a $3.1 million settlement reached prior to the case going to trial Monday in Mobile County C...

Jun 11, 1987

Jury Awards $3 Million in Spa Death

The Associated Press  Jury Awards $3 million in spa death  A Mobile County Circuit Court jury has awarded $3 million in damages to the...

Education

  • Admitted to the Bar in Alabama in 1975
  • University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 1975
  • University of South Alabama, B.A., with honors, 1973

Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • He was a member of the first graduating class of Leadership Alabama
  • Executive Editor, University of Florida Law Review

Involvement

  • Led the firm's pro bono representation of the University of Alabama in its fight against the NCAA sanctioning of the Crimson Tide football team
  • Cunningham Family Charitable Foundation, Chair (1995- )
  • Mobile Metropolitan YMCA, Member of the Board
  • Gulf Coast Conservation Association, Member of the Board
  • Leadership Mobile, Member of the Board

Reported Decisions

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