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Stephen D. Heninger

2224 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: (205) 326-3336
Fax: (205)-326-3332
Email Stephen Email: steve@hgdlawfirm.com
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"I enjoy the creative side of finding ways to help people enforce their rights."

~Stephen D. Heninger

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Steve Heninger graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972 where he was a member of the track team. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army for two years as a prosecutor before enrolling in law school at the completion of his tour of duty. Steve graduated from the Cumberland School of Law (summa cum laude) in 1977. He then served as a law clerk to the Honorable James Hancock in the Northern District of Alabama before beginning his practice as a trial attorney. Steve has served as the President of the Birmingham Bar Association (1998), President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and as a member of the Alabama Supreme Court Advisory Committee on appellate practice for the past fifteen years. Steve is a frequent lecturer and teacher for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, teaching at such places as Harvard School of Law, Stanford, Georgetown, University of Wisconsin, University of Miami, and University of New Mexico. He has been listed in Woodward & Whites “Best Lawyers in America” for the past ten years, and he has tried eighteen cases resulting in verdicts over seven figures. He recently was inducted into the Alabama Law Foundation, which limits its invitations to the top one percent of the Bar in Alabama.  Additionally, Steve has been selected in the top 10 lawyers in Alabama by Superlawyers for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Practice Areas

Admitted

  • Alabama
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University (J.D., summa cum laude, 1977)
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Chief Justice, Moot Court
    • Board Editor, Alabama Trial Lawyers Journal 1987
  • University of Illinois (B.A., 1972)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Birmingham Bar Associations (Secretary Treasurer, 1985; President, 1997)
  • American Bar Associations Alabama State Bar (Recipient, Judge Walter P. Gewin Award, 1993)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (Member: Executive Committee, 1982— Alabama Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Appellate Procedure, 1982 2001)
  • International Society of Barristers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate; Alabama Chapter, President, 1991 Member, National Board of Directors)
  • Fellow: Alabama Law Foundation (2006)
  • National College of Advocates

Reported Cases

  • Continental Casualty Ins. Co. v. McDonald, 567 So. 2d 1208 (Ala. 1990)
  • Shumaker v. Johnson, 571 So 2d 991 (Ala. 1990)
  • Dempsey v. Auto Owners Ins. Co., 717 F.2d 556 (11th Cir. 1983)
  • Traveler's Indemnity Co. of Illinois v. Griner, 809 So. 2d 808 (Ala. 2001)
  • University of Alabama Health Services Foundation, P.C. v. Bush, 638 So.2d 794 (Ala. 1994)

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Common Law Torts: An Analysis of Procedural Pitfalls, 12 Cumb. L. Rev. 99 (1981)
  • The Pursuit of Damages for Mental Anguish in Alabama, Ala. Trial Law. J., Jan. 1982
  • Bad Faith in Alabama: An Infant Tort in Intensive Care, 34 Ala. L. Rev. 563 (1983)
  • Emotions and Pain, Ala. Trial Law. J., Spring 1987
  • Adornment or Graffiti?, Ala. Trial Law. J., Fall 1987
  • Final Argument, Ala. Trial Law. J., Summer 1988
  • Law and Order in Corporate America: Neighborhood Watch in Community Courtrooms, Ala. Trial Law. J., Winter 1988
  • Polishing Juror Buttons, Ala. Trial Law. J., Summer 1989 A Trial Lawyer's I.O.U., Ala. Trial Law. J., Fall 1989 Art and the Trial Lawyer, Ala. Trial Law. J., Spring 1990
  • Trial Lawyers and Civility, Ala. Trial Law. J., Spring 1990
  • Cross Examination-Working Without a Net?, Ala. Trial Law. J., Fall 1990
  • Shylock's Scalpel-Recent Alabama Decisions on Punitive Damages-A Pound of Flesh But Not One Drop of Corporate Blood?, Ala. Trial Law. J., Summer 1991
  • Demonstrative Evidence:  Sensual Involvement, Ala. Trial Law. J., Spring 1992
  • Opening Statement, Ala. Trial Law. J., Winter 1992 Videotape,
  • Creative Demonstrative Evidence, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1995
  • Closing Argument, Ala. Trial Law. J., Summer 1996
  • A Practitioner's Guide to Alabama's Tort of Bad Faith, Ala. Lawyer, Sept. 1996
  • What is Outrage?, Ala. Trial Law J., Fall 2001

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