Mr. Cunningham's areas of practice are complex litigation, environmental torts, class actions, personal injury, products liability, insurance fraud, bad faith, medical negligence, intellectual property, and admiralty and maritime law. He has represented plaintiffs in numerous cases resulting in record breaking verdicts in Alabama and nationwide.
Articles about Robert Cunningham appearing in Super Lawyers
The Record Setter
Alabama v. ExxonMobil was a defining moment in Robert Cunningham’s career, but he’d rather talk about what he’s doing today, such as fishing for the 200-pound tarpon
About Robert Cunningham
Admitted: 1975, Alabama
Professional Webpage: www.cunninghambounds.com/attorney_detail.html?attorney=3
Honors and Awards:
- Benchmark Plaintiff lists Mr. Cunningham as a "Litigation Star" in its national rankings of personal injury attorneys. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1987 and in Alabama "Super Lawyers" since inception. In 2009, Best Lawyers in America named him the "Mobile Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigator of the Year." Mr. Cunningham is listed as one of the 500 "Leading Lawyers in America" by Lawdragon Magazine. Mr. Cunningham is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed by Chambers USA 2009 as one of the top lawyers in Alabama in the area of Commercial Litigation.
- Mr. Cunningham is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
- Mr. Cunningham is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Board of Directors 2003 - 2007; State Chair 2001 - 2006), the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. In addition, he is an Advocate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Pro bono/Community Service:
- Mr. Cunningham has served his local community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mobile Metropolitan YMCA, the Gulf Coast Conservation Association and Leadership Mobile. He was a member of the first graduating class of Leadership Alabama and currently chairs the board of the Cunningham Family Charitable Foundation.
Verdicts and Settlements:
- Mr. Cunningham was lead trial counsel in the State of Alabama's $11.9 billion verdict against ExxonMobil for underpayment of royalties in 2003--this was the largest verdict in the U.S. that year according to Verdict Search. In October 2007, he was co-lead counsel for Dirt, Inc. in an environmental contamination trial resulting in a $108 million jury verdict against Halliburton, Inc.--this verdict was the 15th largest verdict in the U.S. in 2007 according to VerdictSearch. In October 2008, he was co-lead counsel, with partner Skip Finkbohner, in an intellectual property trial representing inventor Dr. Peter Mannsfeld against German chemical company Ineos Phenol GmbH & Co. KG which resulted in a jury verdict of $192 million. Most recently, he served as co-lead counsel for the Retirement Systems of Alabama on behalf of all bondholder plaintiffs in settlements with HealthSouth, UBS and Ernst & Young. Defendants will pay over $226 million for fraudulent statements concerning HealthSouth’s finances. The following language is required by Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct: "These recoveries and testimonials are not an indication of future results. Every case is different, and regardless of what friends, family, or other individuals may say about what a case is worth, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The valuation of a case depends on the facts, the injuries, the jurisdiction, the venue, the witnesses, the parties, and the testimony, among other factors. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers."
Other Outstanding Achievements:
- Before entering college, Mr. Cunningham served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1970 as both an enlisted man and officer. During his service as a helicopter pilot, he flew over 300 combat missions in Vietnam, including participation in the Battle of Khe Sanh, before being seriously wounded during the 1968 Tet Offensive. After several months of hospitalization and rehabilitation in Japan, he returned to combat and flew another 200+ missions. Among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, 29 Air Medals and the Combat Action Ribbon.
- Mr. Cunningham graduated with honors from the University of South Alabama in 1973 and then attended the University of Florida receiving his Juris Doctorate with honors in 1975. During law school, he was Executive Editor of the University of Florida Law Review.