Stephen's Profile

Stephen is a Shareholder and a member of the Firm's Real Estate and Financial Services Practice Group. His expansive practice is national in scope and includes representation of buyers, sellers, developers, landlords and tenants in all types of real estate matters, including acquisition, development, financing and leasing matters. Stephen also represents banks and borrowers in secured and unsecured financing transactions and airports and Fixed Base Operators in airport transactional matters.

Stephen has received numerous distinctions for his talents and work as an attorney, including the coveted ranking by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a Leading Practitioner in Real Estate Law, a distinction he has earned every year since 2013. He is also consistently listed in Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America©.

Stephen and his wife, Allison, reside in Birmingham with their two boys, Henry and Bo.

"He is my go-to guy there for real estate…. very well regarded... probably the best real estate lawyer in the state."

Stephen's Experience

  • Represents Regions Bank in the sale of notes, the acquisition and development of bank facilities and the sale of surplus properties
  • Represented a pension plan in the lease-up of Alabama's tallest office building
  • Represented a national bank in the re-finance of a portfolio of 35 restaurants in nine states
  • Represented the City of Birmingham in the development of its new minor league baseball stadium
  • Represent Birmingham Airport Authority in regulatory compliance, hanger leasing, Air Cargo, procurement and real estate matters
  • Represents the developer for the world's largest retailer in the development of new retail sites.
  • Represented a developer in the $50,000,000 acquisition, redevelopment and subsequent sale of the 50-acre site of the Southeast's first indoor shopping mall
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in $60 million sale and partial leaseback of a 140,000 square foot office tower in Miami, Florida
  • Represented a publicly traded global logistics company in lease of 160,000 square feet of industrial space in Houston, Texas

Stephen's Accolades

  • Chambers USA, Leading Practitioner in Real Estate (2013-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law (2012-present)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers for Real Estate (2016-present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers for Real Estate (2014-present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Rating

Stephen's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

  • International Council of Shopping Centers, member
  • Airport Council International, member
  • American Bar Association, Real Property and Business Law Sections
  • United Way's Financial Services Division, member 2012-2015, Campaign Chair - 2015
  • United Way's Tocqueville New Member Team - 2018
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Corporate Campaign Leadership Team - 2020

Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

Education
  • University of Alabama School of Law
    • (1996, J.D., Alabama Law Review, Senior Editor)
  • University of Alabama
    • (1993, B.S., Economics; magna cum laude; Jasons Senior Honor Society)


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Maynard Cooper & Gale Receives High Marks in 2021 Chambers USA

Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard) is pleased to announce that twelve areas of practice and 43 lawyers received high rankings in the recently released 2021 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Maynard is ranked as a leading firm in the following areas of practice: Alabama Banking &...

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Friday, May 1, 2020

MAYNARD COOPER DISTINGUISHED IN 2020 CHAMBERS USA GUIDE

Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard Cooper) is pleased to announce that 41 of its attorneys and 11 areas of practice received high marks in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the industry’s well respected legal rankings publication. Since 2007, Maynard Cooper has consistently earned recognition...

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