Roderic G. Steakley

Roderic G. Steakley: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C. AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • 305 Church Street, Suite 800, Huntsville, AL 35801
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Roderic represents clients in employment disputes, general and government contracts, and tort cases. He handles intellectual property matters, such as patent, trademark, and copyright infringement. He also represents businesses in corporate issues, including breach of fiduciary duty, governance, and misappropriation of corporate assets. Roderic tries cases in state and federal courts, though he also engages in alternative dispute resolution through both arbitration and mediation.

What are you most proud of in your practice?

We’ve served hundreds of clients over a number of years in very complex and multifaceted litigation and disputes. We have been able to achieve victory for almost all of them while accomplishing important business and personal goals for each of these clients, protecting important rights that may otherwise have been lost.

Who has inspired you in your career?

One of the greatest influences on my life has been my college football coach at the University of Alabama, Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. The life lessons I learned from him extended far beyond the field of athletic competition and directly relate to the life-impacting competition when I engage as I handle complex litigation for our clients. Coach Bryant taught the importance of not only desiring victory, but also aspiring to be a champion. He taught me the necessity to formulate a comprehensive game plan, which is based on thorough research and preparation, and then doing the hard work necessary to execute the plan to achieve victory. This same formula has worked well in addressing the many complex challenges we have had the privilege to undertake and overcome for our clients.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is having the privilege to work with clients who are facing what may well be their most difficult and trying challenges in life. To be able to help them gain a proper perspective and successfully navigate through each of the challenges they face is quite satisfying. This includes not only addressing each of the legal issues and obstacles they may face, but also dealing with and overcoming the pressures and problems such legal challenges bring with them. One of my greatest satisfactions in life is to achieve a good result and experience the genuine expressions of gratitude from a client. As one said recently to me, “Thank you for protecting me and my company and giving me and my family our lives back.” It doesn’t get better than that for me.

Awards and Accreditations

The Best Lawyers in America
•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating


The Best Lawyers in America

•Commercial Litigation (2014-2019)
•AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Thought Leadership

•Serves as counsel to a university board of trustees

•Advises clients on constitutional issues, particularly First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment issues, as well as statutory claims

•Handles major financing, refinancing, and corporate restructuring transactions

•Administrative proceedings pending before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Energy, and the Securities and Exchange Commission

•Litigates matters for national franchisors, i.e., served as former general counsel to a nationwide pizza franchise

•Negotiated licensing agreements in Europe and the Pacific Basin

•In 1991, obtained the largest verdict at that time in a commercial case in Alabama history following a six-week trial in the United States District Court in Mobile, Alabama

Outside the Office

•Honorable J. Foy Guin, Jr., United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama
•Law Clerk (1976-1977)
•Samford University
•Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees


•Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016
•Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Woodall Appointed by Sirote & Permutt to Head its Mediation and Arbitration Practice Group
•Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015
•Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Government Contracts
  • Corporate & Securities
  • Litigation
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Corporate & Regulatory Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment
  • Nonprofit & Education

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
256-518-3670  Phone
256-518-3681  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 18248, Huntsville, AL 35801
University Attended:
University of Alabama, BA, 1972
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, JD, 1976
Year of First Admission:
1977, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas; 1977, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas and Northern District of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and U.S. Tax Court; 1989, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama; 1979, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; 1980, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas and Temporary Court of Emergency Appeals; 1998, U.S. Court of International Trade; 1976, Alabama; 1978, Texas; 1992, U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Claims Court


•Alabama State Bar
•Alabama State Court Mediator Roster
•Registered Mediator
•National Association of College and University Attorneys
•State Bar of Texas

1st Lieut., USAR
Birth Information:
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, October 26, 1949

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