In Memoriam 1943-2017
Steve had been a trial lawyer for 49 years. He had spent almost 50 years immersed in automobile and trucking accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance disputes, and other areas of the law, while protecting the rights of his clients.
Born in Cullman, Alabama on September 15th 1943, Steve was a lifelong resident of Cullman, Alabama. Steve was a third-generation attorney with deep roots in the community. His grandfather, A.A. Griffith, practiced in Cullman from 1901 – 1946, including time as a Circuit Judge. His father, K. J. Griffith, began a long legal career in 1932 which included Probate Judge, Circuit Judge and legal advisor to Alabama’s legendary Governor, “Big Jim” Folsom.
Steve’s practice included automobile and trucking accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance disputes and a general practice of law.
Steve received his law degree from the University of Alabama in 1968 and was admitted to the Alabama Bar Association that same year. He received a B.S. degree from Mississippi State University.
Steve was a past Alabama State Bar Commissioner (1990 – 1994, 2000 – 2004) and was on the Alabama State Bar Executive Council (2001 – 2002). He was a past member of the Alabama Association for Justice Executive Committee. He was a member of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; The American Bar Association (Criminal Justice Section); Alabama State Bar Association; American Judicature Society; past President and current member of the Cullman County Bar Association.
The Organization for Competitive Markets awarded Steve with The John Helmuth Award for his outstanding work in Henry Lee Pickett, et al. v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. Other notable cases in which Steve has been involved include Steve Donaldson, et al. v. Degussa-Huls Corporation, et al., and Horace Robertson, et al. v. H. Hoffman-LaRoche LTD, et al. In 2010, Steve was involved in the case of Neal v. Williams, representing the citizens of his hometown by successfully recovering assets from the public water department of approximately thirty million dollars and causing the board to which those assets had been transferred to dissolve.
Steve was AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. The AV ranking means that legal peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Steve was married to the former Jackie Mann. They had two children – Wyles and Sara Frances – and four grandchildren.
Steve was actively involved in Cullman County, proudly serving on the Cullman County 911 Board.
- Alabama, 1968
- University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- J.D. - 1968
- Mississippi State University
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Alabama State Bar
- Cullman County Bar Association
- Bar Commissioner, Alabama State Bar 2001-2004
- Alabama Association for Justice, Sustaining Member
- Appointed Aide-de-Camp, State of Louisiana by Governor John J. McKeithan, 1971