Stephen is a member of the Immigration and Litigation practices at Maynard Cooper.
Stephen’s practice focuses primarily on employment-based immigration. He helps companies obtain temporary and permanent work authorization for foreign nationals, including managers and executives, professionals, workers with specialized knowledge, physicians, students and interns. He also works with individual investors, businesses, developers and regional centers regarding the EB-5 immigrant investor program.
Stephen regularly assists businesses with immigration employment compliance. He conducts internal I-9 and H-2B audits, advises employers of their duties and obligations under the Immigration Reform and Control Act and helps companies establish policies and practices that comply with the Immigration and Nationality Act.
In addition to his employment-based immigration work, Stephen represents individuals with family-based immigration needs. This includes petitioning for permanent resident status for immediate family members of U.S. citizens and preparing such family members for consular processing at the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Stephen represents clients involved in complex business disputes in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. His experience includes commercial contract disputes, business torts, commercial real estate disputes, disputes related to city and county zoning ordinances and premises liability actions. His recent cases include:
- representing a real estate auction company in a title and contract dispute regarding a resort in Latin America and involving parallel actions in Alabama state court, Texas state court and Panama
- representing a pharmaceutical buying cooperative in a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of West Virginia asserting claims arising out of the State’s prescription drug abuse epidemic
- defending the provider of health care services to a Latin American government in a Rule 60(b) dispute in Alabama federal court and related litigation in multiple Alabama state courts
- representing a contractor in a fraud and title dispute regarding demilitarized F-5 aircraft and involving parallel actions in Oklahoma state court, Florida state court and Florida bankruptcy court
Stephen is listed by Alabama Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in Immigration: Business and General Litigation.
He received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and holds a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Alabama.