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 business owners who filed lawsuits and 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.
Steve represented hundreds of employees of a regional county hospital who learned their employer canceled their pension program without making millions of dollars in required contributions. Steve served as co-class counsel in securing a settlement that required the hospital to pay all of the missed contributions to the retirement fund. He has also recovered millions of dollars for consumers in class action cases against mortgage companies who took advantage of their customers during the housing crisis.
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 past president of the Alabama Association of Justice. He recently completed his term as president of the Paul Brock chapter of the American Inns of Court, and serves on the Executive Committee of the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. Steve formerly served on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice. Steve is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Alabama Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He also served as president of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation.
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 & 2018 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
- Lawdragon Leading 500 Plaintiff Financial Lawyers, 2020
- Admitted to the Bar in Alabama in 1984
- University of Alabama, J.D., 1984
- University of Georgia, B.B.A., 1981
- Past President of the Alabama Association for Justice
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
- Fellow of the Alabama 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
- Past President, Paul W. Brock American Inns of Court
- Cunningham Bounds in Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers
- Best Lawyers® Features 13 Cunningham Bounds, LLC Attorneys in 2021 Edition
Best Lawyers in America® 2020 Includes All Partners of Cunningham Bounds
Mobile, Ala. – The 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in ...
All Partners of Cunningham Bounds Recognized in 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers
All partners of Cunningham Bounds, LLC have been ...
Twelve Attorneys from Cunningham Bounds, LLC Named to 2019 “Best Lawyers” List
Cunningham Bounds, LLC is pleased to announce that ...
CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS PARTNER WAS ELECTED TO ALABAMA ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE
Cunningham Bounds, LLC. firm partner Steve ...
CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS RECEIVES HIGHEST RANKING FROM CHAMBERS & PARTNERS
Chambers & Partners has announced its 2018 ...
2017 SUPER LAWYERS LIST INCLUDES ALL PARTNERS OF CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS, LLC
Mobile, Ala. – The partners of Cunningham Bounds, ...
STEVEN L. NICHOLAS NAMED 2018 “LAWYER OF THE YEAR” BY THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®
M OBILE, Ala. – Steven L. Nicholas of Cunningham ...
LAWYERS OF CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS RECOGNIZED IN THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®
MOBILE, Ala. – Twelve personal injury attorneys ...
CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS ONLY ALABAMA LAW FIRM TO RECEIVE TOP PLAINTIFF RANKING IN CHAMBERS USA
Cunningham Bounds, LLC was the only law firm in ...
ALL PARTNERS OF CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS RECEIVE 2016 SUPER LAWYERS RANKING
Mobile, Ala. – All the partners of Cunningham ...
LAWYERS OF CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS LISTED IN THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2017
MOBILE, Ala. – Thirteen personal injury lawyers ...
F. PAUL BLAND, JR. HONORED WITH LCA / CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS JUSTICE JANIE L. SHORES PIONEER SPIRIT AWARD
On Friday, June 17, 2016, Steve and Dottie Henry ...
SINGING RIVER’S REFUSAL TO PAY PENSIONS COSTS MISSISSIPPI COUNTY
By Darrell Preston Published: June 17, 2016, ...
COURT APPROVES $150 MILLION SINGING RIVER HEALTH SYSTEMS PENSION SETTLEMENT
By: Jon Coxwell, Lagniappe Published: June 8, 2016 ...
MISSISSIPPI HEALTH SYSTEM TO PUT $150 MILLION INTO PENSION PLAN TO SETTLE CLASS ACTION
By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare Published: ...
CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS SETTLES “ROBO-SIGNING” CLASS ACTION FOR MORE THAN $10,000,000
The United States District Court for the Southern ...
PROPOSED SETTLEMENT REACHED IN SINGING RIVER HEALTH SYSTEM PENSION CRISIS
Mobile, Ala. – Attorneys with the law firms of ...
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST SINGING RIVER HEALTH SYSTEM DUE TO UNFUNDED PENSION PLAN
Attorneys with Cunningham Bounds are working with ...
ATTORNEYS OF CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS RECOGNIZED IN BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2016
MOBILE, Ala. – Thirteen lawyers from the firm ...
ALL CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS PARTNERS NAMED TO ALABAMA SUPER LAWYERS
All the partners of Cunningham Bounds, LLC have ...
LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST SINGING RIVER DUE TO DEFUNCT PENSION PLAN
Mobile, Ala. – Attorneys with Cunningham Bounds, ...
THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2014 INCLUDES CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS’ ATTORNEYS
MOBILE, Ala. – Ten lawyers from the firm ...
TEN ATTORNEYS WITH CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS NAMED TO SUPER LAWYERS 2013
MOBILE, Ala. – Ten attorneys with Cunningham ...
TEN CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS ATTORNEYS NAMED TO THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®
MOBILE, Ala. -- Ten lawyers from the firm ...
CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS PRESENTS ALABAMA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JANIE LEDLOW SHORES
On Thursday, October 13, 2011, at The Boston ...
NINE CUNNINGHAM BOUNDS ATTORNEYS NAMED AS THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA®
MOBILE, Ala. -- Nine lawyers from the firm ...
MITCHELL COMPANY VP TO TESTIFY BEFORE SUBCOMMITTEE OF SENATE JUDICIARY COMM.
Mobile, Alabama –Chuck Stefan, Vice President of ...
Punitive Damages in Eleventh Circuit Maritime Cases After Batterton
David G. Wirtes Jr., Steven L. Nicholas
- So, Your Client Filed Bankruptcy: What You Need To Know
- Legal Update Winter 2020
- Legal Update Fall 2018
CLASS LITIGATION AND ARBITRATION
Unless and until the Federal Arbitration Act is amended, mandatory arbitration for claims against business is here to ...