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Before law school, Attorney Steven Gregory earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing while teaching English at a community college and the University of Alabama. After earning the MFA, he worked for six years in the securities industry. Gregory graduated from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1991, where he served as a Senior Editor on the Alabama Law Review. Gregory then joined a law firm in Birmingham where he represented individuals, broker-dealers, and classes in securities litigation. Gregory’s litigation practice has focused on class actions, shareholders derivative cases and employment litigation. His arbitration experience before the National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) has led to an interest in alternative dispute resolution that endures almost thirty years later. “I attended my first mediation class in the mid-1990s just after the Center for Dispute Resolution started registering mediators,” Gregory says. “I came full circle with my investment industry experience and became a NASD [now FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority] arbitrator and mediator at that time.” Gregory is also trained in collaborative law, a process in which parties hire lawyers for the purpose of working as a team to resolve their dispute. The lawyers and clients agree that if they can’t reach resolution, the lawyers withdraw from the case and the clients hire litigation counsel. “The collaborative process unfolds through a series of scripted meetings where each issue is addressed one by one,” Gregory says. “The work is client-centered and has been used primarily in divorce cases, but it is suited for many disputes where parties need an ongoing relationship or could benefit from one.” Although collaborative law has not yet become as popular as mediation, Gregory’s training in this relatively new dispute resolution process informs his mediation practice, and he was recently asked to speak on this topic to an Advanced Divorce Mediation class. Based in Birmingham since 2006, Gregory mediates cases throughout Alabama and enjoys making people feel comfortable through the process. He and his wife have one son and live in north Shelby County outside Birmingham. Gregory is an avid reader and is the author of the novel, Cold Winter Rain. In his spare time, he enjoys jogging and biking, trading and investing, and attending events at the Barber Motorsports Park.

Mediation v.s Collaborative Law

  At The Gregory Law Firm, in addition to litigation, we offer a number of dispute resolution choices: mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law (including collaborative divorce.) Here is a brief description of these types of dispute resolution. Mediation & Arbitration Mediation offers parties the ability to resolve their dispute on their own terms. Mr. Gregory… Read More »

Why We Love to Mediate

At the Gregory Law Firm, we strive to help people and businesses and resolve disputes without destroying relationships, harming children, or losing valuable assets. We don’t just build bridges. We are the bridge. Do you need a Divorce Mediator, a Civil Mediator, or an Arbitrator? We can help! Mediation, unlike arbitration or lawsuits in court,… Read More »

Conflict Negotiation Strategies

Negotiating conflict can be tough. Both parties understand what their views are and are more than likely prepared for finding a compromise so that they can come to an agreement. But, there are some things you might want to remember when negotiating a conflict with another party.   Avoid Emotional Responses Sometimes in negotiating one… Read More »

How Online Mediation Can Work For You

If you’re experiencing a conflict with an individual or business, one alternative you may consider for resolving the conflict is mediation. Mediation is a process wherein a neutral outsider, the mediator, assists the parties in negotiating their own resolution. Traditionally, mediation has occurred in person, in attorney’s conference rooms or the mediator’s offices or another… Read More »

Resolution

The dual meaning of the word “resolution” perfectly illustrates the character and intentions of Steven Gregory and the Gregory Law Firm. Mr. Gregory resolves to see every matter through to its conclusion and to achieve a satisfactory result for his client. Concurrently, he strives to reach resolutions: Resolutions for lawyers and unrepresented parties who need… Read More »

Why Mediate?

Ten Reasons Mediating Your Dispute is Better Than Litigating: Mediation allows you to: 1. Preserve relationships. 2. Save money. 3. Maintain privacy. 4. Be heard. 5. Focus on resolution. 6. Reduce stress. 7. Avoid unpredictable outcomes. 8. Control the pace of the process. 9. Participate in the process. 10. Communicate with the other side. 11…. Read More »

“Please listen to the menu, as our selections have changed.”

I practice dispute resolution — mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law. I mediate, arbitrate, and practice collaborative law in the areas of legal disputes where I have practice experience: appeals (appellate mediation), large and complex cases, mass torts, labor and employment, securities, banking and financial services, and domestic relations. The primary focus for my law practice… Read More »

Pro Se Divorce Mediation

The term pro se means “on one’s own behalf.” A person is pro se when he or she represents himself or herself. One process for dissolving a marriage is pro se divorce mediation. The parties hire a mediator to assist them in negotiating an agreement to dissolve their marriage, but they do not hire attorneys…. Read More »

What Makes Collaborative Divorce Unique?

Collaborative Divorce is a voluntary process in which parties settle disputes without resort to litigation. In Collaborative Divorce: The parties sign a collaborative participation agreement describing the nature and scope of the matter; The parties voluntarily disclose all information which is relevant and material to the matter that must be decided; The parties agree to… Read More »

The Essential Frequently-asked Questions About Collaborative Law

What Is Collaborative Practice? Collaborative Divorce. Collaborative Law. Collaborative Practice. You may see the process referred to by any of these names. Here, let’s call it Collaborative Practice to encompass both collaborative civil and collaborative divorce practice. Collaborative practice is a process of dispute resolution in which parties represented by independent, collaboratively-trained counsel, meet periodically… Read More »