Stephen D. Heninger

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Steve grew up in a small farming community in Southern Illinois not far from the Kentucky border known as Salem, Illinois. His hometown was also the birthplace of William Jennings Bryan. Steve was the President of his high school’s student government and was also a standout on its football, basketball and track teams. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1972 where he was a sprinter on its varsity track team. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army on the day of his graduation and immediately went on active duty for two years. While serving in Ft. Benning, Georgia, he was asked to become the Brigade Legal Officer for the 197th Infantry Brigade even though he was not yet a lawyer. He served in this position for 18 months and tried over 100 Special Courts Martial, ten of which were jury trials as a prosecutor. After he completed his tour in the Army, he attended Cumberland School of Law where he graduated summa cum laude in 1977.

After clerking for U.S. District Judge, James H. Hancock, he began his legal career in representing plaintiffs in civil ligation for the past 40 years. He has taught courses in trial work for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at such prestigious law schools as Harvard, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Wisconsin, University of North Caroline and the University of Alabama. He has been listed as a top 50 lawyer for Alabama in Super Lawyers for the past 5 years. Steve has been married to his wife, Karen, for 48 years and has three children and five grandchildren who all live in the Birmingham area.

Alabama Law Foundation (2006); National College of Advocates. Fellow: Alabama Law Foundation; National College of Advocates.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Personal Injury
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance
  • Commercial
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
1-800-241-9779  Phone
205-326-3336  Fax
University Attended:
University of Illinois, B.A., 1972
Law School Attended:
Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1977
Year of First Admission:
1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, District of Columbia Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court; 1977, Alabama; 1977, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Birmingham (Secretary Treasurer, 1985; President, 1997) and 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).
1st Lt., U.S. Army, Adjutant General, 1972-1974
Birth Information:
Flora, Illinois, June 23, 1950
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).

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Birmingham, Alabama

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