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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.

“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 »