Steven C. Corhern

Steven C. Corhern

Balch & Bingham LLP, Partner

Birmingham, Alabama

About About Q&A Select Matters Publications News Speaking Engagements Credentials About Steven Steven Corhern focuses on insurance coverage, mass torts, and class actions. He often helps policyholders prepare claims and regularly advises businesses on the insurance requirements and indemnity provisions in their contracts. Steven has also represented numerous organizational clients in "bet the company" litigation involving product defects, PFAS contamination, and civil rights statutes. He actively practices in both state and federal courts in Alabama and has handled appeals to the Alabama Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit. 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 Expand All Collapse All 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? I am active with the Birmingham Bar Association, the Rotaract Club of Birmingham, and Trinity United Methodist Church. I enjoy speaking and working with local high school students about legal topics and professional development. The most rewarding activity, however, has been serving on the Eagle Boards for the local district of the Boy Scouts of America. First, I am excited to interact with the young men who will be future leaders of our state and our country. Second, as an Eagle Scout myself, I am glad that I can to give back to the organization that taught me valuable life skills such as organization, communication, and leadership. 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? The two best years of my life were the years I clerked for the Hon. Emmett R. Cox and the Hon. Virginia Emerson Hopkins. Working with these distinguished jurists allowed me to experience judicial decision making first hand. It also allowed me to learn from their decades of legal experience. I use the lessons I learned while clerking on a daily basis. Another experience that influences my practice is my training as a historian. History is one of my passions. Before going to law school, I received an M.A. in history. This experience taught me to consider all possibilities and competing perspectives when confronting a problem. This training helps me piece together the truth from conflicting evidence and also enables me to craft strong and compelling narratives so that I can present my client's best case. Select Matters 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. Publications View More News View More Speaking Engagements View More Credentials 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 Supreme Court of Alabama, 2012 U.S. Court of Appeals, 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 Awards & Accolades Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017 - present The Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch 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

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