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Steven L. Nicholas

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Sara Haase
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Steve Nicholas is part of an elite group of Alabama litigators known for their skill in handling Bet-the-Company cases. A big picture thinker, his work revolves around complex litigation claims including class actions and mass torts. Among his many noteworthy cases is representing thousands of businesses who filed economic loss claims in connection with the BP oil spill, an event that is deemed to be the worst environmental disaster in the history of the United States.   He has also recovered millions of dollars for consumers in class action cases against mortgage companies.

Steve’s construction practice focuses on significant claims related to large projects. He successfully represented through trial the contractor who built the largest cable stayed bridge in Alabama.  He represented the owner of the tallest building in the State of Alabama who was delayed on the construction because of design errors made by the soil engineers.  Steve has represented clients locally and throughout the Southeast on construction disputes.

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Steve earned his J.D. in 1984 from the University of Alabama. During law school, he was a member of the Order of the Coif, recipient of the Dean Leigh Harrison Award, the Corpus Juris Secundum Award and the American Jurisprudence Award, and is a Hugo Black Scholar.

Married with two children, Steve is actively working to better the legal profession.  He is currently president of the Paul Brock chapter of the American Inns of Court, and is 2nd Vice President of the Alabama Association of Justice.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice.  Steve is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Steve is the lawyer businesses turn to when the stakes are high and they cannot afford to lose.

Recognition & Awards

  • Benchmark Plaintiff named him a "Litigation Star" in its national rankings of personal injury attorneys and for Alabama (2013-present)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (1989-present)
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year – Bet the Company Litigation” in 2013 by Best Lawyers in America®
  • Listed in Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Alabama / Mid-South Region (2008-present)
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0/5.0 Peer Rating
  • Dean Leigh Harrison Award
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • Hugo Black Scholar

Significant Verdicts

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...

$149,950,000 Settlement Approved in Health System Pension Crisis

Thomas Jones, et al. v. Singing River Health System, et al. | United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi | 1:14-cv-00447-LG-RHW

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi approved a $149,950,000 class action settlement negotiated by attorn...

$46 Million Settlement in Defective Marine Engine Product Liability Case

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. et al. v. Caterpillar Inc. et al. | Mobile County, Alabama Circuit Court | Case No. 02-CV-2010-900126 c/w 02-CV-2010901073

The firm achieved a $46 million settlement in a product liability case involving the failure of a single marine engine.  The settlement came o...

$10 Million Settlement Over Financial Fees for Mortgage Loans

Farley, et al. v. Residential Funding, Homeowners Loan Corp., Laredo National Bank, et al. | United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Western Division | Case No. 7:06-CV-1864

A class action on behalf of residential mortgage borrowers who alleged violations of TILA, HOEPA and RESPA in connection with the closing of their ...

$5 Million Settlement Against Wells Fargo Home Mortgage for Use of Improper Affidavits

Brannan v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. | United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama 1:14-MC-00021-WS | United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama AP No. 04-01037

Firm partners Steve Olen and Steve Nicholas obtained a $5 million settlement against Wells Fargo Mortgage for the use of improper affidavits in ban...

$3 Million Paid by Chase Home Finance for Use of Improper Affidavits

Taylor et al. v. Chase Home Finance, LLC | United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama 15-00057 | United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama AP No. 06-01139

Cunningham Bounds obtained a $3 million settlement against Chase Home Finance in a case in which plaintiffs alleged that Chase provided improper af...

$2.5 Million Settlement Reached in Class Action Against CitiMortgage

Tate et al v. CitiMortgage, Inc. | United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama 15-00058 | United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama AP No. 09-1059

Partners with Cunningham Bounds obtained a $2,500,000 settlement against CitiMortgage for the use of improper affidavits in bankruptcy cases. ...

Lawsuit Filed Against Singing River Due to Defunct Pension Plan

Jones v. Singing River et al. | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Attorneys with Cunningham Bounds, LLC (Mobile, Alabama) and Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC (Biloxi, Mississippi) have joined together in filing a clas...

Class Action Settled Over Contaminated Gas

Loudermilk Services, Inc., et al. v. Marathon Ashland Petroleum, L.L.C. | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia | Case No. 3:04-CV-00966

Cunningham Bounds served as lead counsel for Plaintiffs alleging that MAP sold contaminated gas to hundreds of West Virginia service stations which...

Settlement Negotiated Against Defective Drywall Manufacturer Knauf Gips KG, et al.

The Mitchell Company, Inc., v. Knauf Gips KG, et al. | U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana | MDL 2047

This is a class action on behalf of all builders, developers, and contractors in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, and Florida who b...

Publications

Feb 05, 2009 | Presentation

Class Litigation and Arbitration

Unless and until the Federal Arbitration Act is amended, mandatory arbitration for claims against business is here to stay. Creative lawyers have been looking for ways to use the arbitration system to the advantage of allegedly injured consumers, and have had some success in asserting classwide theories of recovery.

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...

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 17, 2016

Singing River’s Refusal to Pay Pensions Costs Mississippi County

By Darrell Preston Published:  June 17, 2016, Bloomberg News  For five years, the hospital system in Mississippi’s shipbuilding and...

Jun 08, 2016

Court approves $150 million Singing River Health Systems pension settlement

By: Jon Coxwell, Lagniappe Published:  June 8, 2016 A nearly $150 million settlement was approved last Friday to resolve claims on Jackson Cou...

Jun 06, 2016

Mississippi health system to put $150 million into pension plan to settle class action

By:  Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare Published:  June 6, 2016 A Mississippi health system has agreed to pour $150 million into its pe...

Jun 03, 2016

$149,950,000 Settlement Approved In Singing River Health System Pension Crisis

Mobile, Ala. – The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi has approved a $149,950,000 class action settlement ...

Apr 18, 2016

Cunningham Bounds Settles “Robo-Signing” Class Action for More Than $10,000,000

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama recently approved settlements totaling more than $10,000,000 for classes of a...

Jan 06, 2016

Proposed Settlement Reached In Singing River Health System Pension Crisis

Mobile, Ala. – Attorneys with the law firms of Cunningham Bounds, LLC in Mobile, Alabama and Reeves & Mestayer, LLC in Biloxi, Mississipp...

Sep 15, 2015

Lawsuit Filed Against Singing River Health System Due to Unfunded Pension Plan

Attorneys with Cunningham Bounds are working with the Biloxi law firm of Reeves & Mestayer to pursue a class action in federal court in Mississ...

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 ...

Dec 11, 2014

Lawsuit Filed Against Singing River due to Defunct Pension Plan

Mobile, Ala. – Attorneys with Cunningham Bounds, LLC (Mobile, Alabama) and Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC (Biloxi, Mississippi) have joined toge...

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...

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...

Nov 03, 2011

Cunningham Bounds Presents Alabama Supreme Court Justice Janie Ledlow Shores with the First Litigation Counsel of America Trailblazer Award

On Thursday, October 13, 2011, at The Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, David Wirtes and Steven Nicholas of Cunningham Bounds presented...

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®...

May 18, 2009

Mitchell Company VP to Testify before Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Comm.

Mobile, Alabama –Chuck Stefan, Vice President of The Mitchell Company, Inc., will testify before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Comm...

Education

  • Admitted to the Bar in Alabama in 1984
  • University of Alabama, J.D., 1984
  • University of Georgia, B.B.A., 1981

Affiliations

  • 2nd Vice President of the Alabama Association for Justice
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Served as Chairman of the Business Torts and Antitrust Section of the Alabama State Bar
  • Served on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice
  • President, Paul W. Brock American Inns of Court

Reported Decisions

Better Business Bureau Accredited Business

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