MOBILE, Ala. - In the second annual edition of Benchmark Plaintiff, the definitive guide to America's leading plaintiff litigation firms and attorneys, Cunningham Bounds was one of only eight law firms in the United States, and the only firm in Alabama, to receive a "National - Tier 1" ranking for personal injury litigation.

According to Benchmark, Cunningham Bounds is "nationally recognized for taking on high-stakes class-action litigation involving business disputes, consumer rights, defective products, maritime law, railroad accidents, medical malpractice, insurance fraud and oil and gas. In particular, the firm's personal injury practice maintains a stellar reputation."

Benchmark noted that the national section of its guide recognizes the firms, as well as the attorneys, "who are consistently recommended within the US business and legal communities for the quality of their litigation professionals and trial work." Consequently, Cunningham Bounds' attorneys Greg Breedlove, Joseph "Buddy" Brown, Robert Cunningham and George "Skip" Finkbohner were named as personal injury "Litigation Stars" in the national rankings.

In addition to the 2013 national rankings, Benchmark Plaintiff also released its rankings of the leading local litigation firms by state. In the local markets, firms were divided into two categories: "highly recommended" and "recommended." Cunningham Bounds was one of only four firms statewide, and the only firm in Mobile, to receive a "highly recommended" ranking. Eight attorneys from the firm were named "Local Litigation Stars," as well: Greg Breedlove, Joseph Brown, Toby Brown, David Cain, Robert Cunningham, George Finkbohner, Steven Nicholas and Steve Olen. Firms making the statewide list are considered dominant in their areas, and were recommended as reputable and effective litigators by both clients and peers.

Benchmark defined its methodology as follows: "The guide's results are the culmination of a four-month research period that allows our researchers to conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients. During these interviews, we examine recent casework handled by the firms and ask sources to offer their professional opinions on litigators practicing within their state or national practice areas.

The law firm of Cunningham Bounds, LLC, founded in 1958, is based in Mobile, Alabama and has been representing plaintiffs for over 50 years. Today the firm continues its tradition of representing victims in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by work related accidents, defective products, truck and automobile accidents, and medical malpractice. The firm also has expertise in business litigation, complex litigation, and national and state class action litigation involving defective products and consumer rights. For more information, please visit