The Honorable Luther J. Strange III is Founder and Principal of the law firm of Luther Strange & Associates LLC. From January of 2011 until his appointment to the Senate in February of 2017, Strange served as the Attorney General of Alabama. Mr. Strange represented Alabama in the United States Senate from February of 2017 to January of 2018. In the Senate, Strange served on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Armed Services; Budget; and Energy and Natural Resources committees.
In the business world, Strange was a founding investor and organizer of Oakworth Capital Bank in Birmingham, AL where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
Active in civic and cultural affairs, Strange served on the Advisory Board of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and as a Trustee of Talladega College, Alabamaʼs oldest historically black college. An Eagle Scout at age 13, Strange was named in 2011 as a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America.
Strange attended Tulane University on a basketball scholarship, receiving his BA in 1975. Before attending law school, he worked as an Ordinary Seaman on an oil field supply ship operating in the North Sea. He received his JD from Tulane in 1979. He was inducted into the Tulane Law School Hall of Fame in 2016.
Before entering public service, Strange was a partner with the law firm of Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, LLP. While at Bradley, Strange led the legal team that brought Hyundaiʼs first North American manufacturing plant to Alabama in 2002. He subsequently formed his own firm focused on economic development issues. The firm he founded was awarded a first-tier “Best Law Firm” ranking by U.S. News, and was also named by Southern Business & Development magazine as one of the “Top Ten Law Firms that Understand Economic Development.”
He is a Fellow in the Academy of Court Appointed Masters and a Certified Mediator in the State of Alabama.
Twice elected as Alabamaʼs 49th Attorney General, Strange represented the state in some its biggest cases in recent history, including successfully arguing an important First Amendment case, Lane v Franks, before the United States Supreme Court in 2014.
Strangeʼs tenure as Attorney General was marked by a strong emphasis on fighting public corruption. To that end, he created one of the nationʼs most well-respected and accomplished special prosecution units. Under his leadership, the office secured over two dozen convictions of public officials, including the impeachment of a Sheriff for human trafficking and most notably the conviction and removal from office of the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives.
Attorney General Strange also served as the court-appointed coordinating counsel for the Gulf Coast states in the historic Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation. General Strange personally tried the case that led to a landmark settlement agreement to compensate Alabama for both economic and environmental damages caused by that disaster. Under his leadership, Alabama received over $2 billion in compensation while saving Alabama’s citizens over $140 million in outside legal fees. Recognized as a national leader among his peers, AG Strange served as Chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and as Southern Region Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General.