Stephen Strickland Law

Civil and criminal trials and appeals in both the state and federal courts.

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Firm Overview

I have over twenty-four (24) years of extensive experience in the areas of civil and criminal law in Alabama's state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Specializing in both civil and criminal cases has given me a unique advantage over most attorneys because I have learned techniques that are applicable to both disciplines of the law. For most of my legal career, I have had a BV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating. My practice areas have been criminal defense, state and federal appellate practice, particularly with an emphasis on death penalty cases, sexual harassment, employment discrimination and retaliation, wrongful death, personal injuries, and malicious prosecution. In Alabama, five Death Row inmates have been exonerated. I successfully represented Wesley Quick, the 5th exoneree, on his appeal. I also worked with Barry Scheck and Nina Morrison from The Innocence Project to obtain the release of an Alabama inmate through DNA evidence.
Main Office

Main Office
2320 Arlington Avenue South
Birmingham  AL  35205

Phone
  • 205-516-2055
Fax
  • 205-930-9809

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free consultation and free advice.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Civil cases are taken on a contingency basis. If you do not recover, then you do not owe an attorney's fee nor do you have to reimburse me for money that I expend on your case.

Office Information

Office Hours

Normally, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Sexual Harassment
Legal representation of employees that have been sexually harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against by their employers. Call me now at 205-516-2055 for a free consultation.
Representation of employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and lawsuits on behalf of employees in the state and federal courts in Alabama.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I am a determined fighter for my clients who does not rest until my clients receive justice or I have done everything possible within the bounds of the law and an ethical representation to achieve excellent results.

My primary areas of practice include:

Sexual Harassment and Retaliation
Employment Discrimination
Criminal Appeals
Civil Appeals
Accidents & Injuries
Wrongful Death
Criminal Defense
Civil Rights

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Top Accomplishments During My Legal Career

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.

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 that 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 a 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.


Federal Double Jeopardy Appellate Victory

United States v. McIntosh, 580 F.3d 1222 (11th Cir. 1997)

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 Sheriff 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 than 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.

Wrongful Death 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 individual 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.

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 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.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

The practice of law is very complicated, particularly regarding sexual harassment. I encourage my clients to educate themselves as much as possible regarding employment situations and dealing with the legal system in general.

The best way for my clients and the public to educate themselves is to always feel free to call or email me with questions. I give free advice and consultations. If I cannot help you, I will try to refer you to someone that can.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Mediation is a non-binding attempt by the parties to try a settle civil matters.

When cases that I handle are filed with EEOC, mediation will sometimes occur. Sometimes the cases settle at the EEOC level while many others end up in litigation.

When lawsuits that I handle are filed in state and federal courts, most cases will try mediation after discovery has occurred in the lawsuits.

Arbitration is a binding legal matter that occurs instead of lawsuits. Usually, one or more arbitrators are picked by the parties and the arbitrators decide liability and damages instead of having a jury decide the case. I have handled several arbitration cases involving motor vehicle accidents, but I have not handled any arbitration cases that were employment matters.

Stephen Strickland

I am a determined fighter for my clients who does not rest until my clients receive justice or I have done everything possible within the bounds of the law and an ethical representation to achieve excellent results.

I started working as a law clerk for Richard Jaffe in 1987 when Mr. Jaffe was a partner at Jaffe, Burton & Digiorgio, P.C., and I became an associate there in 1990 upon graduation from law school. When Richard Jaffe decided to establish his own practice I followed him as an associate and later became his partner at Jaffe & Strickland, P.C. Later, Derek Drennan and Hube Dodd would become associates and then partners at Jaffe, Strickland, Drennan & Dodd, P.C.
License
  • Bar Number: ASB-2252-I70S
    Alabama , 1990
  • Bar Number: 22435
    Colorado , 1990
Education
  • Stetson University
    B.A. , 1985
    Political Science Major -
    History Minor
  • Cumberland School of Law
    J.D. , 1990

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