Joseph D. Steadman

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating of 4.9/5.0
  • Appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General and External General Counsel to the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission

Joe Steadman


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Joe joined Cunningham Bounds in 2016. His practice focuses on appellate practice and motion practice in the firm’s personal injury and wrongful death litigation, class actions, general negligence, product liability, medical negligence, admiralty and maritime law, and consumer fraud actions, such as motions for summary judgment, motions to limit evidence, and post-trial motions.

Joe received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama in 1985 and his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1988. Joe served on the Editorial Board of the Alabama Law Review, receiving several awards including “Outstanding Member of the Editorial Board” and “Phi Delta Phi Outstanding Second Year Law Student.” He has practiced law continuously in Mobile since 1988, focusing on civil litigation with an emphasis on appellate practice. In 2006, Joe was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General and External General Counsel to the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. He continues to serve the Commission in that role. Joe is a member of the American Bar Association and Mobile Bar Association.

Joe and his wife Linda reside in Mobile where they are both active in various church and civic organizations.

Recognition & Awards 

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 4.9/5.0 Peer Rating
  • Hugo L. Black Scholar
  • Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award
  • Order of the Coif
  • Sommerville Legal Writing Award


  • University of Alabama, J.D., 1988, summa cum laude
  • University of South Alabama, B.A., 1985, summa cum laude


  • Court Admissions
    • Admitted to Alabama Bar, 1988
  • Bar Associations
    • American Bar Association, Member (1988 – 2022)
    • Mobile Bar Association, Member (1988 – 2022)
  • Professional Organizations
    • Alabama Association for Justice, Member (2017 – 2022)
  • Are There Constitutional Issues With Alabama's Gubernatorial and Legislative Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Tips from the Trenches | Opposing Defense Motions In Limine Concerning Reptile Theory, Vol. 42
  • Recent Civil Decisions, Vol. 42 Alabama Association for Justice Journal, p. 81, Spring 2022
  • Recent Civil Decisions
  • Recent Civil Decisions - Spring 2020
  • Recent Civil Decisions - Fall 2019
  • Remember the Controlling Principles of "Notice" Pleading
  • Recent Civil Decisions - Fall 2018
  • Tips from the Trenches: Don't Take the Defense Witness's Affidavit at Face Value
  • Recent Civil Decisions: Summaries From September 22, 2017 to March 23, 2018
  • Tips From the Trenches

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