Steven P. Gregory has practiced law for twenty-eight years.
Steven Gregory has practiced law since 1991. From 1991 to 1998, Steve practiced with a small Birmingham, Alabama, firm, concentrating in securities matters, class actions, and business litigation. During those years, for family reasons, he commuted between Northport and downtown Birmingham. One morning in early 1998, after changing a flat tire on the side of the interstate in a driving rainstorm and ruining a nearly-new suit (Steve has always believed in doing things for himself, sometimes to his detriment), he decided to co-found a law firm in Tuscaloosa. He founded his present law firm, the Gregory Law Firm, P.C., in 2004, and he moved his practice to Shelby County in 2006, where he and his family now live.
An experienced arbitrator and mediator, Steve Gregory is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Arbitration and Consumer Arbitration panels. He has served for over two decades as a FINRA arbitrator and has chaired numerous arbitration panels for FINRA. Mr. Gregory is also a FINRA mediator. In addition, Steve has mediated employment disputes for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is also a member of the panel of neutrals for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Mr. Gregory is registered on both the roster of arbitrators and the panel of mediators maintained by the Alabama State Bar Center for Dispute Resolution and the roster of appellate mediators maintained by the Alabama appellate courts.
In 1975 and 1982, respectively, Steve Gregory earned the Bachelor of Arts (English) and Master of Fine Arts (creative writing) degrees from the University of Alabama. At the University of Alabama School of Law, Steve was a member of Bench and Bar, was named Outstanding First Year Advocate by the Moot Court Board, and served for two years on the editorial board of the Alabama Law Review. He also earned American Jurisprudence awards for best paper in Remedies II and International Business Transactions.
Before law school, Steve worked in the securities business as a registered representative, focusing on investments in high-grade common stocks and taxable and tax-exempt debt securities for both retail and institutional clients. A minute before that, Steve earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. Most MFA graduates go on to teaching careers, but Steve’s wife already held a faculty position in the English department at a local community college. So Steve headed to the library and parlayed his life-long fascination with financial markets and newly-acquired knowledge about how to approach securities broker-dealers into his first job as a stockbroker.
Steve Gregory is admitted to practice in the Alabama state courts, all federal courts in Alabama, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has has been admitted on a pro hac vice basis to practice in many other federal courts, and he has appeared and presented oral argument on several occasions before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Steve is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association (Collaborative Law Committee; Solo and Small Firm Section), the Alabama State Bar (Member, Dispute Resolution Section, Family Law Section, Litigation Section, Senior Lawyers Section, Solo and Small Firm Section; Board Member, The Alabama Lawyer), and the American Bar Association (Section of Litigation; Section of Dispute Resolution (Collaborative Law Committee, Securities Committee; Class Actions Committee), the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners, and the Global Collaborative Law Council. In 2018 and 2019, Steve appeared regularly as a panel member in a series of webinars on collaborative law sponsored by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution.
Steve is the author of “Beesley v. Hartford Fire Insurance Company, Walton v. Cowin Equipment Co., Inc., and Walker v. Anderson Electrical Connectors: Jury Trials in Title VII Actions?” 42 Ala. L. Rev. 1389 (Spring 1991), and he presented a paper on consumer class actions at a symposium sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria, in 2010. Steve is also the author of a novel, Cold Winter Rain, a collection of short stories, A Summer’s Dream, and a short novella, Serena’s Ring.
Steve’s volunteer work includes former service as a member of the board of directors of Indian Rivers Mental Health Center, a non-profit agency providing mental health services in west Alabama and former volunteer attorney for the International Refugee Assistance Project, a non-profit immigrant advocacy organization in New York.
Website biographies such as this one often end with a paragraph that begins “[w]hen not practicing law….” Steve’s interests outside the law include his farm, sports and exotic cars, reading and writing novels, and trading stocks and options.
But Steve strives to integrate work and life in the manner recently articulated by Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. Bezos suggests that “work-life balance” is a “debilitating phrase” and that instead we should strive for “work-life harmony.” Like Bezos, Steve does not set an alarm before bedtime and washes his own dishes (sort of like changing your own flat tire). More on work-life harmony can be found in this article from CNN. For this reason, while he and his wife lounge in the media room after dinner, she often finds it difficult to determine whether he is working on a brief or planning the next day’s trading strategy or ordering a new welding machine for their farm or looking at sports cars.