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A member of the firm, Cunningham Bounds, LLC in Mobile, Alabama, working behind the scenes overseeing legal research, motion practice, and appeals. 

 Received a B.A. degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 1981. While at Sewanee, was a member of the Academic Order of Gownsmen. Then earned a J.D. degree from The Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 1985. During law school, was Articles Editor of the Adelphia Law Journal and an Associate Editor of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

  • Licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts serving Alabama and Mississippi

  • For many years has been rated by peers in Martindale-Hubbell directory as "AV preeminent" for ethical standards and legal ability in the fields of civil litigation and appeals.

  •  Listed in Benchmark Appellate as a "Litigation Star."

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®. 


  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top plaintiff attorneys in Alabama.


  • Frequently invited to present at Continuing Legal Education seminars. Have spoken on topics such as Defeating Unlawful Discrimination in Jury Selection, Appellate Practice, Perfecting the Appeal, HIPAA and Ex parte Contacts, Recent Updates on the Law, Electronic Discovery, Arbitration, and Immunity.






Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 100%

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Cunningham Bounds LLC

1601 Dauphin St
Mobile, AL, 36604-1305


MSAuthorized to practice law201307/18/2016
ALAuthorized to practice law198507/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Litigation StarBenchmark Appellate2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberCunningham Bounds, LLC1990 - Present
PartnerMcKnight & Wirtes, P.C.1985 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeSustainer MemberN/A
Alabama Association for JusticeSustaining MemberN/A
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellowN/A
Roscoe Pound InstituteSustaining FellowN/A
Alabama Supreme Court's Standing Committee on the Rules of Appellate ProcedureMemberN/A
Alabama State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Mobile County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, 2014 WL 2111672, __ F.3d __ (5th Cir. May 20, 2014)MDL Ruling Affirmed by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
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Publication nameTitleDate
Alabama Association for Justice JournalAnatomy of an Alabama Co-employee Willful Misconduct Case for Removal or Failure to Install, Repair, or Maintain a Safety Guard or Device2013
The Alabama LawyerThe Limited Scope of Contributory Negligence in AEMLD-Crashworthiness Cases2012
Alabama Association for Justice JournalHospitals', Surgical Centers', and Clinics' Vicarious Liability for Acts and Omissions of Doctors, CRNAs, Physician's Assistants, and Nurses2012
Alabama Association for Justice JournalIs a Health Care Authority Constitutionally Entitled to Invoke the $100,000 Cap on Liability for a Local Government Entity?2011
Alabama Association for Justice JournalSuggested Strategies for Admission of Other Similar Incident Evidence2010
Alabama Association for Justice JournalEstablishing a Prima Facie Case of Discrimination in Jury Selection2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of the SouthN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Alabama Association for JusticeIdentifying and Defeating Unlawful Discrimination in Jury Selection2009
Recent Developments SeminarRecent Developments in Appellate Motion Practice2008
Alabama Supreme Court's Fundamentals of Appellate Practice: Procedures and Professionalism seminarAppealability, Perfecting an Appeal and Supplying the Record2004