From offices in North Shelby County, Alabama, in greater Birmingham, the Gregory Law Firm maintains a local focus but a nationwide presence. With over 26 years of experience, Steven Gregory has the necessary skill and knowledge to help you resolve your legal problem.
Please read the profile to learn more about Mr. Gregory’s education and professional background.
The Gregory Law Firm focuses on dispute resolution.
- Collaborative Law (including Collaborative Divorce)
- Complex Litigation
- Aviation Law and Litigation
- Securities Litigation and Securities Arbitration
If you have a legal issue in one of these areas of law, please call for an appointment at 205-314-4874. If we are not available when you call, please leave a message. Please do not ask for legal advice by telephone. We cannot offer legal advice in this manner, and your telephone call does not create an attorney-client relationship. The fee for an initial one-hour consultation is $200. This consultation fee may be waived if the law firm agrees to represent you in a contingency-fee arrangement (see below).
In June of 2016, along with classmates from every continent, Steven Gregory attended a one-week conference on mediating complex disputes at the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.
The Harvard conference led to Mr. Gregory’s interest in Collaborative Law, and now accepts divorce and domestic relations clients as well as clients with other types of disputes who are interested in resolving their disputes through this out-of-court method of alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Gregory has also completed a forty-hour course in Divorce and Family Mediation and a two-day course in Domestic Violence Mediation and is a registered domestic relations mediator. Call Mr. Gregory to explore resolving your divorce or domestic relations matter or other civil dispute through collaborative law.
Important Note from Steven Gregory:
I practice Collaborative Law, including Collaborative Divorce and Collaborative Civil Law.
Collaborative Law or Collaborative Practice is a voluntary dispute resolution process in which parties settle without resort to litigation. The intention is to resolve disputes in a low-conflict environment and to avoid the uncertain outcome of court. In this manner, settlements can be crafted that best meet the specific needs of both parties (and their children, in domestic relations matters) without the underlying threat of litigation.
The voluntary process is initiated when the couple (or parties to a civil dispute) sign a contract (a “participation agreement”) binding each other to the process and disqualifying their respective lawyer’s right to represent either one in any future litigation related to the matter at hand.
The collaborative process can be used to facilitate a broad range of other family issues, including disputes between parents and the drawing up of pre- and post-marital contracts. As the traditional method of drawing up pre-marital contracts is oppositional, many couples prefer to begin their married life with documents drawn up consensually and mutually.
The Collaborative law or collaborative divorce process also offers the added benefit of being cost-efficient for the involved parties. As the necessary tasks in the collaborative model are assigned to specialist professionals without duplication of effort, cost savings are realized. These cost efficiencies, in addition to other potential benefits, have led parties contexts other than domestic relations to explore the use of collaborative law to resolve disputes, including mergers and acquisitions, small business breakups, probate matters, and construction disputes. Collaborative Practice is particularly well-suited for the resolution of disputes between parties who need or want to continue to have a business or familial relationship after the current disagreement is resolved.
In Collaborative Law or Collaborative Divorce:
1. The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter;
2. The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided;
3. The parties agree to use good faith efforts in their negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable settlement;
4. Each party must be represented by a lawyer whose representation terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding;
5. The parties may engage mental health and financial professionals whose engagement terminates upon the undertaking of any contested court proceeding; and6. The parties may jointly engage other experts as needed.
–derived in part from the website of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Arbitration and Mediation:
Mr. Gregory is a member of the Commercial Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and is one of the most knowledgeable and seasoned lawyers in Alabama in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law. He has been appointed to almost one hundred arbitration panels and has been chosen by the parties and their counsel to chair at least half of those panels. Mr. Gregory has mediated numerous cases encompassing a wide variety of legal issues.
Class Actions and Complex Litigation:
Throughout his career, Mr. Gregory has regularly represented clients in complex litigation and class actions. The list of class actions in which Mr. Gregory has appeared is much too long to represent here. In recent years, Mr. Gregory represented consumers in litigation against a number of payday lenders, with the result that these customers, who were overcharged for interest charged on small loans in violation of state law, were able to have their loans canceled and receive refunds of all interest payments. In addition, Mr. Gregory, along with co-counsel from law firms around the country, represented the named shareholders in a shareholders’ derivative action, Tucker v. Scrushy, et al., in the Circuit Court for Jefferson County, Alabama, achieving a recovery which at the time set a new record for recoveries in derivative actions. In 2002, Mr. Gregory presented a paper on consumer class actions at a symposium sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, and was appointed to the Congress of Fellows. Mr. Gregory has been admitted on a pro hac vice basis to practice in numerous federal courts and has appeared on several occasions before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
What is a contingency fee agreement?
Applicable only to litigation, the contingency fee arrangement usually provides that out-of-pocket expenses of the case will be initially borne by Counsel and will not be charged to the client except out of any recovery. The attorney and client also agree that the attorney’s fee will be paid as a percentage of any recovery in the case, and the client will owe no fee if there is no recovery.
Class action cases are also usually litigated through contingency fee arrangements. But attorneys’ fees will not be determined by an agreed percentage. Instead, fees will be determined and approved by the Court overseeing the litigation.
Securities Arbitration and Litigation:
Before law school, Mr. Gregory worked as a registered representative in the securities industry, focusing on investments in high-grade common stocks and taxable and tax-exempt debt securities for both retail and institutional clients. Mr. Gregory held Se- ries 7 and Series 63 licenses as well as life insurance and variable annuity licenses. In his law practice, Mr. Gregory has represented customers in disputes between customers and firms over churning, suitability, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and failure to supervise claims. He also represents stockbrokers and brokerage firms in disputes with customers as well as intra-industry disputes including promissory note cases, raiding cases, and statutory employment cases such as race and gender discrimination cases. As a FINRA panelist since 1995, he has served as a panel member in over one hundred securities arbitration matters, chairing at least half of those panels.
Steven Gregory is one of only a few securities lawyers in the United States with a background as a registered representative as well as lengthy and extensive service as a FINRA securities arbitrator.
As an active private pilot since 1986 and a former aircraft owner, Steven Gregory serves the legal needs of pilots, airplane owners, and aviation businesses with regard to a number of legal issues in aviation. He is a member of the panel of attorneys maintained by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and can assist pilots and aircraft owners confronted with problems or questions arising from customs matters, FAA enforcement, appeals to the National Transportation Safety Board, and sales and purchases of aircraft as well as tax and other regulatory issues. Mr. Gregory is also able to assist businesses and hobbyists with regard to regulatory and other issues encountered with regard to operating drones. Moreover, his experience in products liability and complex litigation enables him to represent injured passengers, families, and survivors of air crash disasters, whether occurring in commercial aviation (regularly scheduled carriers or charters) or general aviation (e.g., from corporate jets to single-engine piston aircraft).
Contact Mr. Gregory today.
The Gregory Law Firm, P.C. sees your legal matters through from start to finish. Engage experienced attorney Steven P. Gregory to work with you in addressing your legal concerns. The firm’s offices are conveniently located near Highway 280 in northern Shelby County, Alabama. Call 205-314-4874 to arrange your consultation or contact the firm online.