Steven C. Corhern

Attorney Birmingham
(205) 226-8765
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Education
  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    J.D., 2011, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; M. Leigh Harrison Award; Hugo L. Black Scholar
  • The University of Alabama
    M.A., History, 2008, summa cum laude
  • Mississippi State University
    B.A., History, Philosophy & Religion, 2006
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 2012
  • Mississippi, 2011
About Steven
As a first year associate, Steven helped dismiss a putative class action on an issue of first impression and handled the appeal to the Eleventh Circuit, which affirmed.
Q&A
  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?

    For complex litigation, there are two issues that will be important to watch. First, the CFPB is seeking to ban class action waivers in consumer deposit agreements. The rule is currently in a comment period. If the proposed rule goes into effect in 2017, banks will likely see an increase in the number of class actions filed. Second, the Supreme Court appears ready to decide whether plaintiffs' in so called "no injury" class actions have standing to pursue their claims. The Court touched on this issue earlier this year, but did not resolve it. If the Court does squarely address this issue in the near future, it could seriously limit the types of consumer class actions that can be brought in federal court.  

  • How are you involved in your community?
  • What do you find most exciting about your work?

    I often describe my job as solving puzzles. The puzzle I am trying to solve on a daily basis is how to achieve the most favorable result for my client as quickly and efficiently as possible. I do that by thinking strategically and seeing the big picture. The most exciting cases are the really hard ones. They force me to think outside the box and come up with new strategies so that I can maximize my client's chances of winning. There is no better feeling than obtaining a favorable result for my client in a situation that seemed unwinnable.  

  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
MORE ABOUT Steven
  • ADA Prison Class Action: Developed and implemented strategy for defeating class certification in putative class action for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act that contributed to favorable resolution. (2016, Dunn v. Dunn, No. 14-601, M.D. Ala.)  
  • Real Estate Contract Appeal: Represented electric utility in appeal involving the alleged failure to convey an undeveloped subdivision worth approximately $2 million that resulted in affirmance without opinion. (2015, Caldwell v. Alabama Power Company, No. 1141005, Ala. Sup. Ct.)  
  • LLC Partnership Dispute: Developed and implemented strategy for defending business owner in dispute alleging violations of LLC operating agreement and tortious interference with contractual relations that resulted in favorable result for client. (2015)
  • Constitutionality of local law: Represented local government in constitutional challenge to local law permitting county-wide sales tax that resulted in dismissal of lawsuit. (2015)  
  • HVAC Class Action: Representation in putative nationwide RICO and consumer fraud class action stemming from sale of allegedly defective HVAC equipment. (2015) 
  • TILA Class Action: Represented financial institution in obtaining dismissal and affirmance on appeal of putative class action alleging failure to provide certain disclosures required by the Truth-in-Lending Act. (2014)  
  • Worker's Compensation Mandamus Petition: Developed and implemented strategy for mandamus petition to Alabama Court of Civil Appeals that resulted in favorable resolution for client. (2014)
  • Fuel Fee Class Action: Represented client in putative class action alleging breach of standard form contract that resulted in favorable resolution for client. (2014)
  • Court Appointed Criminal Appeal: Represented federal inmate in appeal and subsequent habeas corpus petition to challenge the length of the inmate's sentence that resulted in U.S. Attorney's Office conceding that the inmate should be resentenced.
 
        Education
        • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2011, summa cum laude; Order of the Coif; M. Leigh Harrison Award; Hugo L. Black Scholar
        • The University of Alabama, M.A., History, 2008, summa cum laude
        • Mississippi State University, B.A., History, Philosophy & Religion, 2006
        Courts
        • Mississippi Supreme Court, 2011
        • Alabama Supreme Court, 2012
        • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2014
        • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 2013
        • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 2015
        • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 2015
        Bar Admissions
        • Alabama, 2012
        • Mississippi, 2011
        Professional Affiliations
        • Birmingham Bar Association
        Community Involvement
        • Rotaract Club of Birmingham
        • Birmingham Bar Association
        • Trinity United Methodist Church
        • Eagle Scout Boards of Review, Vulcan District -- Greater Alabama Council
        • MS Leadership Class of Birmingham, 2015
        • Heart Walk Birmingham, 2016
        Clerkships
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, Honorable Emmett Ripley Cox
        • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Honorable Virginia Emerson Hopkins