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I have been practicing Labor and Employment Law for over 20 years and am a zealous advocate for those who have been harmed by the actions of others. As a successful negotiator, mediator, and litigator, I have obtained many favorable cash settlements and verdicts for my clients.

I have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the advice and representation you need. I know Labor and Employment applicable laws and procedures and can formulate the best strategy for success in your particular case. I am a determined fighter and will not rest until you receive justice or I have done everything possible within the bounds of the law and an ethical representation to achieve excellent results. 

Call today if you need legal assistance with any of the following Labor and Employment matters:

  • Civil Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Wage and Hour

I will personally handle your case from beginning to end. You will never be handed off to a less experienced attorney, and I make it a priority to promptly return phone calls and emails and keep you informed.

Call my office, Stephen A. Strickland, Attorney at Law today at 205-202-8174 or 205-516-2055 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Stephen Strickland Law is located in Birmingham, Alabama and serves clients in Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile, Decatur, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, Fultondale, Gardendale, Bessemer, Gadsden, Anniston, Guntersville, Hoover, Fairfield, Trussville, Albertville, Arab, Alabaster, Pelham, Helena, Enterprise, Cullman, Dothan, Rainbow City, Homewood, Mountain Brook, Irondale, Leeds, Vestavia, Hueytown, Pinson, Pleasant Grove, Warrior, Adamsville, Dora, Jasper, McCalla, Midfield, Tarrant, Springville, Argo, Oneonta, Midfield, Kimberly, Mount Olive, Florence, and Center Point.

Attorney Profile

Stephen Andrew Strickland


  • Alabama State Courts
  • Colorado State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Admitted To The Bar:

  • 1990, Alabama State Courts
  • 1993, Colorado State Courts
  • 1990, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • 1990, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • 1990, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 1994, U.S. Supreme Court


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, JD, 1990
    • Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Administrative Law, 1989
  • Stetson University, Political Science/History, BA, 1985
  • ATLA Trial College (American Trial Lawyers Association)

Professional Memberships:

  • Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • State Bar of Alabama
  • State Bar of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States Supreme Court



-Meredith Gray

“Right from the start, Stephen Strickland impressed me with his efficient and professional manner.   I had been involved in an automobile accident with a drunk driver had injuries.  Mr. Strickland provided me with excellent representation to obtain the results I needed with regard to my loss of work, injuries, and expenses due to the accident.  I received amazing legal service and a substantial monetary reward to compensate me for the horrible experience of being in an accident.  I would highly recommend him!!!!!”

-Vern Borden

“Stephen Strickland is a great, wonderful lawyer, person, and friend.  He helped me with a lawsuit that lasted several years. Through working with Stephen, we grew to be good friends and there is nothing I would not do for him.  Stephen has helped me with several cases since then and won every case he has helped me with.  Stephen was very happy to help in all situations and worked very hard to win my cases. He is a Godsend and beloved true friend to my family and me.”

-Scott Allen

“Stephen did a great job!  I sought Stephen’s counsel after a car accident involving my son and me.  Stephen made me feel very comfortable from the beginning and you could tell he was on our side.   Stephen was very easy to get in touch with and easy to talk with.  He worked hard for us and gave us the best settlement we could have hoped for!  I would definitely use Stephen again!  Highly recommended!”

-Jackson Rawls

“A friend recommended Stephen to me and I couldn’t have been happier with my decision to use him as a lawyer.   Stephen was extremely helpful the entire way.  He’s a very nice guy that was always available when I needed a question answered and always on top of things when they needed to be done.  I would absolutely use him again!”

-Richard Jaffe, Esq.

“I have worked along side Stephen Strickland for over 20 years. He has also served as my personal lawyer on several occasions over the years. Stephen is a lawyer with great skills and the highest integrity. He possesses a keen legal mind and is exceptionally creative. He is a vigorous and very effective advocate for all of his clients. I would give him the highest of ratings!”

-A. G. Langston

“Outstanding!  One super person, super lawyer, and super good at what he does.”

Verdicts & Settlements


Sexual Harassment and Retaliation:

$275,000.00:  Continuous Physical and Verbal Sexual Harassment by Managers and Employees
$215,000.00:  Verbal Sexual Harassment
$215,000.00:  Verbal and Some Physical Harassment
$175,000.00:  Manager Improperly Touched Young Female
$150,000.00:  Physical and Verbal Sexual Harassment
$100,000.00:  Sexual Harassment and Retaliation After Complained About Harassment
  $97,500.00:  Physical and Verbal Sexual Harassment by Managers
  $60,000.00:  Another Case Involving Same Manager and an Employee
  $60,000.00:  Verbal and Some Physical Sexual Harassment
  $50,000.00:  Verbal Sexual Harassment

Civil Rights:

$265,000.00:  Inmate Committed Suicide
$250,000.00:  Inmate Was Refused Medical Treatment and Died
$165,000.00:  Inmate Was Refused Medical Treatment and Died
$165,000.00:  Inmate Had Heart Attack, Was Refused Medical Treatment and Died
$150,000.00:  Excessive Use of Force – Broken Bone
$150,000.00:  Jail Suicide
$112,500.00:  Jail Suicide
$100,000.00:  Inmate Committed Suicide

Automobiles and Trucks, Slips and Fall, Wrongful Death, and Malicious Prosecution:

$1,000,000.00:  Wrongful Death Case
   $650,000.00:  Confidential Settlement
   $433,000.00:  Malicious Prosecution
   $400,000.00:  Two Clients Sustained Aggravated Degenerative Neck Discs; $5,000.00 in Medical Bills
   $325,000.00:  Nursing Home Patient Sustained Decubitus Ulcers (Bed Sores) and then Died
   $250,000.00:  Wrongful Death Case (Employee Killed By Co-Worker)
   $250,000.00:  Herniated Disc in Neck
   $225,000.00:  Compressed Fractures to Back and Accident Contributed to Client’s Death
   $185,000.00:  Trip and Fall, Client Sustained Broken Ankle and Permanent Injuries
   $150,000.00:  Accident Did Not Directly Cause Client’s Death but Contributed towards Her Death
   $150,000.00:  Slip and Fall, Broken Arm
   $150,000.00:  Permanent Leg Injury
   $115,000.00:  Confidential Settlement
   $110,000.00:  Rotator Cuff Injury
   $100,000.00:  Client Received Soft Tissue Injuries and Was Given a 4% Impairment
     $95,000.00:  Neck and Back Injury
     $85,000.00:  Automobile Accident
     $60,000.00:  Slip and Fall



Exonerated Death Penalty Client

Quick v. State, 825 So.2d 246 (Ala.Crim.App. 2001) (Death Penalty Appellate Victory)

On appeal, an indigent capital murder defendant who had been given the death penalty was given a new trial due to the State failing to give our client a free copy of the transcript from his first trial that ended in a mistrial. Wesley Quick was acquitted (found not guilty) at his new trial.


U.S. Steel Ligation

Doug Jones successfully represented A.G. Langston when he, and others, were falsely accused of stealing from U.S. Steel.  After Doug Jones became the United States Attorney for the Northern District, Richard Jaffe and I took over A.G. Langston's case and sued U. S. Steel and the other responsible parties for malicious prosecution. After extensive litigation and a jury was selected, the case settled.


Shoney's Sexual Harassment Litigation

I represented several teenage employees that were sexually harassed at a Shoney's restaurant. The restaurant's insurance company hired attorneys to represent the restaurant and the sexual harassers. In addition, the insurance company filed a separate lawsuit claiming that it did not have a duty to defend or pay if there was a verdict under the theory that sexual harassment was an intentional injury and was not covered under the insurance policy.

One of the attorneys representing the restaurant and the sexual harassers made me so mad that I taught myself insurance law and vigorously fought the insurance company's attempt to avoid responsibility for having to pay for the sexual harassment.

After extensive litigation in both cases, the attorneys that were hired to represent the restaurant and the sexual harassers filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed and lost on all causes of action including outrage, which is very hard to win under. On the same day, the federal court held that the insurance company had to defend and possibly pay if there was a verdict for my clients in their sexual harassment lawsuit. See Sphere Drake Ins. P.L.C. v. Shoney's Inc., 923 F.Supp. 1481 (M.D.Ala. 1996). After both decisions came out and a jury was selected, the case settled.


Gadsden Firebombing Case

O.M. v. State, 595 So.2d 514 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991) (Appellate Victory Regarding Juvenile Transfer Hearings)

A minor was charged with capital murder and the State sought to have him transferred from juvenile court to circuit court to be tried as an adult.

In a Landmark case creating new law, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals held that juveniles have the right to exercise their constitutional rights during transfer hearings such as the right to confront and cross-examine their accusers and to invoke their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

After this case was sent back to the trial court, the state could not prove that the client had anything to do with the murder, and the charges were dismissed.


Federal Double Jeopardy Appellate Victory

United States v. McIntosh, 580 F.3d 1222 (11th Cir. 2009)

Defendant pled guilty to drug and firearm charges, but before sentencing the Government discovered the indictment alleged a wrong offense date, obtained a second indictment, and moved to dismiss the first indictment. The United States District Court granted that motion. Defendant's motion to dismiss the second indictment as barred by Double Jeopardy was denied. Defendant conditionally pled guilty and appealed.

On appeal, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a second conviction for the same offense violated the Double Jeopardy Clause. The judgment of conviction was vacated and the case was remanded with instructions to dismiss the second indictment.


Inmate Denied Medical Care, Had Seizure, Fell off Top Bunk and Died

Lancaster v. Monroe County, AL, 116 F.3d 1419 (11th Cir. 1997)

When a jail detainee died from complications from alcohol withdrawal due to the Sherriff and his jailers failing to obtain medical care for the detainee, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held the Sheriff and his jailers were not entitled to immunity.

Most people do not realize that whenever a civil rights lawsuit is filed, police officers are allowed to plead qualified immunity and often have the case dismissed at the trial court level after extensive litigation has occurred. If the case is not dismissed at the trial level, the police officers are then allowed to appeal where the appellate court can dismiss the case on immunity. Hence, it takes years for a civil rights case to ever make it to a jury, and most civil rights cases do not ever make it to a jury.

In the Lancaster case, after extensive litigation and less then one week before the trial date, the case was thrown out on qualified immunity grounds at the federal trial court level. I appealed and won this case. It settled thereafter.


State Double Jeopardy Victory on Appeal

Ex parte McCombs, 24 So.3d 1175 (Ala.Crim.App. 2009)

Defendant had been charged with murder. He was ACQUITTED of the murder charge when the jury returned a verdict on the lesser-included offense of manslaughter. The defendant was then granted a new trial based on ineffective assistance of his original trial counsel. The State sought to re-prosecute the defendant with the original murder charge but the appellate court held that any retrial on the original charge of murder violated Double Jeopardy.


HealthSouth Criminal Case

United States of America v. Rebecca Kay Morgan, et. al. (Unpublished Opinion from Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals – Case Number 03-16408) (Appellate Victory On Behalf Of Some of The Healthsouth Defendants)

I (along with the substantial assistance of other firms) successfully played a key role in writing the appellate brief in opposition to the Government's arguments for jail time and restitution for five HealthSouth managers.


Jail Suicide and Denial of Immunity

Hollingsworth v. Edgar, 2006 W.L. 2009104 (M.D.Ala.) (Motion Victory before Federal Trial Court)

A jail detainee committed suicide by hanging himself. The United States District Court denied the jailers' motion to dismiss our civil rights lawsuit against the jailers for failing to take any precautions to prevent our client's suicide despite the fact that the jailers knew our client was suicidal. It settled thereafter.


Wrongful Death of Marlin Strange

Estate of Marlin Keith Strange v. IMH, Inc.  An illegal alien worked for IMH, Inc. and killed my client Marlin Strange at work. I filed a lawsuit against the company for negligently hiring an illegal alien and for negligently failing to prevent the illegal alien from killing my client. After extensive discovery, the case settled.


Wrongful Deaths of Jessie Johnson and John McGahagin

In two separate lawsuits, handicapped passengers were being transported in their wheelchairs. The defendant's employees failed to properly secure my clients, causing the wheelchairs to flip over and injure my clients. It is common for elderly individuals to die within six months to a year if they receive significant injuries. Unfortunately, both of my clients died from their injuries; the accidents did not cause my clients' deaths, but the accidents did contribute to my clients' deaths, so I filed wrongful death lawsuits. After extensive discovery, both cases settled.


The Indigent

Ex parte Sanders, 612 So.2d 1199 (Ala. 1993) (Appellate Victory on Behalf of all Indigent Defendants)

In this case, I submitted a "friend of the court" (amicus) brief concerning when a criminal defendant is deemed to be indigent in order to receive financial assistance from the State. The Alabama Supreme Court held that a defendant whose relatives or friends retain the services of counsel may still be considered indigent for purposes of receiving funds for expert witnesses, investigative services, or other legal needs when those funds are necessary to the defense because the assets of friends and relatives, not legally responsible for the defendant, are not considered assets for determining whether the defendant is indigent.

Co-counsel for the Honorable Bernard Kincaid, Mayor for the City of Birmingham – 2000-2008. I worked with Barry Scheck and his organization, The Innocence Project, to obtain the release of an inmate through DNA evidence.


  • O.M. v. State, 595 So.2d 514 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
  • Sphere Drake Ins. P.L.C. v. Shoney's Inc., 923 F.Supp. 1481 (M.D.Ala. 1996)
  • Lancaster v. Monroe County, AL, 116 F.3d 1419 (11th Cir. 1997)
  • Ex parte McCombs, 24 So.3d 1175 (Ala.Crim.App. 2009)
  • United States v. McIntosh, 580 F.3d 1222 (11th Cir. 2009)
  • Ex parte Sanders, 612 So.2d 1199 (Ala. 1993)
  • Quick v. State, 825 So.2d 246 (Ala.Crim.App. 2001)
  • Ex parte Hamm, 785 So.2d 1126 (Ala. 2000)
  • Lyons v. Walker Regional Medical Center, 791 So.2d 937 (Ala. 2001)
  • Hollingsworth v. Edgar, 2006 W.L. 2009104 (M.D. Ala.)
  • Mordecai v. State, 858 So.2d 993 (Ala.Crim.App. 2003)
  • Merrill v. State, 741 So.2d 1099 (Ala.Crim.App. 1997)
  • Ferrill v. The Parker Group, Inc., 168 F.3d 468 (11th Cir. 1999)
  • Raney v. Vinson Guard Service, Inc., 120 F.3d 1192 (11th Cir. 1997)
  • Lucero v. City of Birmingham, 592 So.2d 656 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
  • U.S. v. Floyd, 126 Fed.Appx. 934 (11th Cir. 2005)
  • Garcia v. Killingsworth, 425 Fed.Appx. 831 (11th Cir. 2011)
  • David v. SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, Inc., 120 F.3d 1199 (11th Cir. 1999)
  • Falkner v. State, 586 So.2d 48 (Ala.Cr.App. 1991)
  • Hernandez v. City of Hoover, Alabama, 212 Fed.Appx. 774 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • Sims v. Quilliams, 378 Fed.Appx. 945 (11th Cir. 2010)
  • Bracewell v. Lobmiller, 938 F.Supp. 1571 (M.D.Ala. 1996)
  • Vaughn v. City of Athens, 176 Fed.Appx. 974 (11th Cir. 2006)
  • Wallace v. Jackson, 667 Supp.2d 1267 (M.D.Ala. 2009)
  • Click v. State, 821 So.2d 218 (Ala.Crim.App. 1999)
  • Gooden v. City of Talladega, 966 So.2d 232 (Ala. 2007)
  • Ex parte Lewis, 24 So.3d 540 (Ala. 2009)
  • Ferrill v. Parker Group, Inc., 168 F.3d 468 (11th Cir. 1999)
  • Jelks v. Caputo, 607 So.2d 177 (Ala. 1992)
  • Chatman v. State, 813 So.2d 956 (Ala.Crim.App. 2001)
  • Williams v. Love, 681 So.2d 137 (Ala.Civ.App. 1995)
  • Lyons v. Walker Regional Medical Center, 868 So.2d 1071 (Ala. 2003)
  • Scott v. Estes, 60 F.Supp.2d 1260 (M.D.Ala. 1999)
  • Webb v. State, 696 So.2d 295 (Ala.Crim.App. 1996)
  • Ex parte Mitchell, 84 So.3d 1013 (Ala. 2011)
  • State v. Click, 768 So.2d 417 (Ala.Crim.App. 1999)
  • Woods v. State, 593 So.2d 103 (Ala.Crim.App. 1991)
  • S.E.C. v. Healthsouth Corp., 261 F.Supp.2d 1298 (N.D.Ala. 2003)
  • Staples v. State, 55 So.3d 362 (Ala.Crim.App. 2007)
  • Schoenvogel v. Venator Group Retail, Inc., (Ala. 2004)
  • Smith v. State, 660 So.2d 1320 (Ala.Civ.App. 1995)
  • Russell v. State, 886 So.2d 123 (Ala.Crim.App. 2003)
  • Wilson v. State, 911 So.2d 40 (Ala.Crim.App. 2005)
  • McWilliams v. State, 897 So.2d 437 (Ala.Crim.App. 2004)
  • Sharifi v. State, 993 So.2d 907 (Ala.Crim.App. 2008)
  • Wilkerson v. State, 70 So.3d 442 (Ala.Crim.App. 2011)
  • Mitchell v. State, 84 So.3d 968 (Ala.Crim.App. 2010)
  • Clark v. State, 896 So.2d 584 (Ala.Crim.App. 2000)
  • U.S. v. Matthews, 410 Fed.Appx. 257 (11th Cir. 2011)
  • U.S. v. Young, 330 Fed.Appx. 791 (11th Cir. 2009)
  • Willis v. Kincaid, 983 So.2d 1100 (Ala. 2007)
  • Ex parte White, 587 So.2d 1236 (Ala. 1991)
  • Ex parte J.R., 582 So.2d 444 (Ala. 1991)

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