Mobile, Alabama - Cunningham Bounds, LLC is pleased to announce that Robert T. Cunningham, Jr. has been named to Lawdragon's esteemed "500 Leading Lawyers in America 2008." With 1,143,358 attorneys nationwide (American Bar Association, 2007), less than one half of one percent of the legal profession in America are represented in this listing ( This is Cunningham's second year to be named to the prestigious Lawdragon 500 list. In addition, Lawdragon magazine listed him as one of the "Leading Litigators in America" in 2006.

Cunningham has been practicing law for over 33 years and has represented plaintiffs in numerous cases resulting in record-breaking verdicts in Alabama and nationwide. He was lead trial counsel in the State of Alabama's $11.9 billion verdict against ExxonMobil for underpayment of royalties in 2001. In October 2007, Cunningham was lead counsel for Dirt, Inc. in an environmental contamination trial resulting in a $108 million jury verdict against Halliburton, Inc. Most recently, he was co-lead counsel 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.

Prior to attending college, Cunningham served his country in the United States Marine Corps as both an enlisted man and officer. He received numerous decorations for his service which included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, 29 Air Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon. He then went on to graduate with honors from the University of South Alabama in 1973. Next Cunningham received his Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Florida in 1975 and was admitted to the Alabama Bar that same year. Since that time Cunningham has practiced continuously with the law firm of Cunningham Bounds.

The Lawdragon 500 list includes private attorneys from a wide range of practices as well as in-house counsel, law professors, judges and neutrals, government attorneys and public interest lawyers. Lawdragon selected attorneys based on a proprietary system that takes into account dozens of qualifications that are then totaled to determine the best lawyers nationwide. Factors utilized in the list's selection process include extensive research by a staff of journalists who interview thousands of lawyers nationwide and a survey of lawyers and general counsel who nominate and vote for their peers online.

The law firm of Cunningham Bounds, founded in 1958, is based in Mobile, Alabama and has been representing plaintiffs for over 50 years. The firm provides services in the following areas: personal injury, business litigation, product liability and medical malpractice. In addition, the firm has expertise in national and state class action litigation involving defective products, consumer fraud, and complex litigation.

Leigh Dale Blackerby