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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.

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 »

Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice – Mediation and Collaborative Law

I have practiced law for twenty-five years. For most of that time, I have been a certified mediator and arbitrator. Mediation, unlike arbitration or lawsuits in court, offers parties the ability to resolve their dispute on their own terms. I have served as a mediator since 1995. I have mediated employment cases for the Equal… Read More »

“Diversity” and the Supreme Court

This post was originally written in 2012 on a since-discontinued blog. But now that Justice Scalia is gone, President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace him, and the GOP leadership has promised not to allow hearings on the nomination, these observations seem even more current than they were almost four years ago.  Reuters… Read More »

The Cautious Client and the “Non-Refundable Fee”

A few years ago, before my practice began to focus on mediation, arbitration, and collaborative law, a potential client visited my office to ask me to consider taking on a fairly complex matter involving numerous parties, claims, and counterclaims, litigation arising in the Alabama courts which might have expanded to other states or forums. The… Read More »