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Stephen D. PalmerAssociate


100 Vestavia Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35216


205-822-2057 (fax)

Professional Profile

Stephen D. Palmer is an Associate in the Birmingham, AL office where his practice focuses on workers’ compensation, personal injury, and general litigation defense. He regularly writes articles pertaining to current issues in workers’ compensation law. He is also an active member of the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section.

Steve received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College (AL) where he was inducted into its Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  He then earned his Master of Divinity, magna cum laude, from Duke University (NC).  Steve earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a senior editor for the Journal of Law and Psychology.  He also participated in the Campbell Moot Court Competition and was awarded best papers in his entrepreneurship and insurance law courses. While in law school, Steve clerked for a United States District Court Judge, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, an Alabama Circuit Court Judge and the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s Office.

In his free time, Steve enjoys being a father and husband, taking his dog to the park and watching Alabama football.



The Question of Compensability of COVID-19 Cases: An Analysis Under Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation Law, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 37 No. 1, at 8.

The Compensability of COVID-19 Claims: An Analysis, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Journal, Winter/Spring 2021, at 4.

Grounding the Sky-High Prices of Air Ambulances: Examining the Intersection of the Airline Deregulation Act and States’ Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedules, Defense Research Institute For the Defense, March 2021, at 54.

Primal Solutions: A Brief Exploration of the Unexpected and Underappreciated Role of Emotion in Negotiations, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 36 No 1., at 8.

Changes to Federal Rules of Evidence: Residual Hearsay Rule Amended, Defense Research Institute The Voice, Vol. 19, Issue 11, at 4.

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BA, Birmingham-Southern College (AL), magna cum laude

MDiv, Duke University (NC), magna cum laude

JD, University of Alabama School of Law


Birmingham Bar Association; Young Lawyers’ Section

News Updates About Stephen D. Palmer

Ireland, Moss, Palmer and Stokes Obtain Summary Judgment

Carr Allison’s Charlie Ireland, Hannah Stokes, Walker Moss, and Stephen Palmer of our Birmingham (AL) office obtained summary judgment in a case arising out of the allegedly wrongful public auction and sale of the Plaintiff’s personal property that was stored at the Defendant’s self-storage facility. Defense counsel argued that the […]

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Palmer Published in Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal

Carr Allison associate Steve Palmer of our Birmingham (AL) office recently had an article published in the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association Journal. His article “The Question of Compensability of COVID-19 Cases: An Analysis Under Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation Law”,  provides a framework for analyzing an employer’s liability for employee’s who allegedly […]

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Palmer and Harris Earns Summary Judgement

Steve Palmer and Hugh Harris won a Motion for Summary Judgment dismissing all wantonness claims in a case involving a rear-end motor vehicle accident.  Based on the strength of defense’s arguments, Plaintiff’s counsel decided not to even contest the MSJ and agreed to dismiss those claims.

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