SMGB Attorney Steve Burford

Steve R. Burford

About Steve:

Steve R. Burford has been a practicing attorney since 1990. Upon completion of his Juris Doctorate degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, he went to work as the Law Clerk for Sonny Hornsby, who at the time was the Chief Justice of Alabama.

A Martindale Hubbell AV rated attorney, Steve has extensive experience in all aspects of insurance related law on both sides of the fence. Prior to joining our firm in 2009, he was a partner from 1996-2009 at Spain and Gillon, also located in Birmingham.

Steve is a big believer in doing as much prep work as possible for every case. “In my 25 years of experience, I have learned you can win a case based on the finer details the opposition has missed,” he said. “If you unearth the good, the bad and the ugly early on, you have all the information you need to determine the best strategy.”


Mr. Burford is a Martindale Hubbell AV® peer reviewed rated lawyer who concentrates in corporate litigation representing insurers, manufacturers, commercial freight companies and other businesses. Mr. Burford has extensive experience in all aspects of insurance related law, including representation of insured’s as well as insurers in first party actions, particularly fraud, punitive damages, personal injury, product liability actions and employment related actions. Mr. Burford provides coverage related services, including policy coverage analysis. He represents insurers and businesses in declaratory judgment actions.

As part of his corporate litigation practice, Mr. Burford has become well experienced in defending insurers, manufacturers and other businesses in class action litigation. Mr. Burford is also experienced in defending veterinarians and lawyers in legal malpractice cases. Mr. Burford has been in practice since 1990, having served as a clerk to the Chief Justice of Alabama for 1990-1991. He is admitted to all federal courts in Alabama and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Transportation Litigation
  • Consumer Fraud and Bad Faith
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Corporate Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Veterinary & Legal Malpractice


  • Alabama Supreme Court
  • Circuit and District Courts of Alabama
  • United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United Sates District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern District of Alabama


  • Birmingham – Southern College (B.A. 1987)
  • Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1990)
  • Martindale Hubbell AV ® Preeminent Rating
  • The American Journal of Trial Advocacy (1989 – 90, Editor – In – Chief)
  • Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Alabama (1990 – 1991)


Allstate Life Insurance Company v. Parker, 951 So. 2d 682 (Ala. 1999)

Ex parte Allstate Life Insurance Company and Eric Glover, 741 So. 2d 1066 (Ala. 1999)

A.W. Herndon Oil Co. v. Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance Co., 201 F. Supp. 2d 1213 (M.D. Ala. 2001)

Cool Temp, Inc. v. Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Insurance Company, 148 So. 3d 448 (Ala. Civ. App. 2013)

Foster V. Stooksbury Farms, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100202 (N.D. Ala. 2007)

Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Insurance Company v. Snider, 2015 U.S. App. Lexis 5550 (11th Cir. 2015)

Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Insurance Company v. J.F. Morgan General Contractors, INC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1347 (N.D. Ala. 2015)

Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Insurance Company v. Snead Door, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18535 (M.D. Ala. 2013)

Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Insurance Company v. King et al., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11228 (S.D. Ala. 2012)

Spurlock v. Life Insurance Co. of Virginia, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20738 (M.D. Ala. 2000)

Wheeler v. George, 39 So. 3d 1061 (Ala. 2009)

Steve R. Burford in his office

Phone: 205.876.1600
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