Stephen K. Pudner

1400 Wells Fargo Tower
420 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
T: 205.250.8318
F: 205.488.3718

Stephen K. Pudner is a real estate and construction attorney with a dual transactional and litigation focus. This unique combination of experience and skills enables him to proactively help his developer, owner, servicer and contractor clients avoid risks and reach creative solutions to all of their real estate and construction needs.

Representative Clients and Matters

  • Represents national real estate developer and manages all aspects of 50+ acquisitions annually throughout the United States for development as commercial retail stores, including handling all due diligence, negotiating and drafting documents, resolving title and survey issues, and negotiating tax and infrastructure incentives.
  • Represents special servicers on all aspects of the leasing and sale of REO properties across the United States, including shopping centers, health care properties, office buildings, and other commercial, multi-family, and multi-use properties.
  • Managed all aspects of 100+ real property lawsuits in Alabama state and federal court for two NYSE-listed financial institutions relating to consumer loan servicing and foreclosures, alleged violations of federal and state consumer protection statutes and regulations, survey and title disputes, and lien seniority and enforceability.
  • Negotiated and drafted dozens of multi-million dollar construction contracts on behalf of clients including NYSE-listed health care REIT, Japanese and Irish owner-operators, NYSE-listed health care provider, and regional senior living/multi-family developer.
  • Advised NYSE-listed telecommunications construction company to ensure continued enforceability of hundreds of construction contracts and leases and to mitigate related risks in light of corporate conversion of 15 subsidiaries operating throughout the U.S.
  • Successfully obtained federal court opinion early in litigation dismissing general contractor's $19 million mechanics' lien against client’s resort development.
  • Obtained precedent-setting opinion from Alabama Court of Civil Appeals establishing when and how a purchaser of real property at a delinquent property tax sale can challenge an owner’s redemption from the tax sale.
  • Successfully petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus overturning the trial judge's order compelling the production of a post-accident investigation report.

Additional Background Information

Stephen has studied in Spain and Switzerland, taught and lived in China, Nepal and Nicaragua, traveled throughout Europe, Latin America, India, Israel, Mongolia, Morocco, and Turkey, and is highly proficient in written and spoken Spanish. During law school, Stephen clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of International Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Attorney General of Virginia.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Confirmed by the U.S. Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Alabama Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, 2014, 2015
  • Member – 2013 Birmingham Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Class Advisory Council

Publications & Speaking Engagements


  • Alabama, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 2011
  • Virginia, 2015
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit


  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2008, cum laude
    • Senior Editor – Alabama Law Review
    • Full academic scholarship recipient each year
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Visiting Law Student, Spring 2008
  • University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Summer 2006
  • University of Virginia, B.A., Economics, 2003
  • University of Valencia, Spain, Fall 2002