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About me

After graduating from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1992, I began practicing law in Huntsville with the law firm of Wilmer & Shepard, P.A.

In February 1995 I left the firm and began my own office. Since then I have represented clients in a variety of legal matters, ranging from complex litigation involving several parties to business transactions and personal legal matters. By my estimates I have successfully tried over 100 cases in federal and state court.

In 2010, after completing a comprehensive written examination, being reviewed by other attorneys and judges before whom I have tried cases, and providing proof of my trial experience, I obtained the designation of a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocay. I am one of only 3 attorneys in Huntsville / Madison County who maintains this certification. I also am AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

I am actively involved in the American Association of Justice (AAJ), being a member of the Sections on Motor Vehicle and Premises Liability, Products Liability, and Insurance Law, and the Nursing Home Litigation Group. Having obtained over 200 continuing legal education (CLE) credits for participating in trial colleges and seminars sponsored by AAJ, I obtained the designation of Fellow.

During my legal career I have repesented clients in well over 100 mediations. Because this has always interested me, I have taken the necessary course and completed the process to be registered on the Alabama State Court Mediator Roster. It is my sincere desire to develop and maintain an active mediation practice.

My office's philosophy is simple -- prepare each case as though it is going to be tried before a jury. In this day and age of quick settlements and gimmicky advertising, this may seem somewhat archaic. However, I honestly believe that there is no substiute for preparation and experience.

Specialties: Personal injury, motor vehicle wrecks, commercial vehicle wrecks, nursing home neglect/abuse, products liability, premises liability, insurance law, insurance bad faith, labor and employment law, construction law, business litigation, litigation and appeals, mediation.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    24 years
  2. Car Accident: 20%
    24 years
  3. Defective Products: 10%
    24 years
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 10%
    24 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Contingent (25-45%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Gary Don Peak

    I had the pleasure of working with Brad while at Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer College. Brad is sharp, dedicated and truly cares for his clients. He is an excellent attorney who I am proud to endorse.


    Gary Peak Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Elizabeth Ashley Hinds

    I endorse this lawyer with whom I have spent time with working on cases. Brad is an outstanding and devoted advocate and lawyer that represents his clients with integrity and passion. If you want an attorney that honors the practices of law and ethics inside and outside of the courtroom, and genuinely cares about you personally and professionally, then Brad is the attorney for you.


    Elizabeth Hinds Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Ryder Law Firm, P.C.

415 Church Street
Suite E-4
Huntsville, AL, 35801


ALAuthorized to practice law199207/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AlabamaNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
GraduateTrial Lawyers College2014
Board Certified Pretrial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Board Certified Civil Trial AdvocateNational Board of Trial Advocacy2010
Life MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
RecipientAmerican Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law1991
Dean's ScholarshipCumberland School of Law at Samford University1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal / AttorneyThe Ryder Law Firm, P.C.1995 - Present
Associate / AttorneyWilmer & Shepard, P.A.1992 - 1995
Summer AssociateWilmer & Shepard, P.A.1991 - 1992
Summer AssociateBell, Richardson & Sparkman, P.A.1991 - 1991
Judicial InternUnited States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit1991 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alabama Center for Dispute ResolutionAppellate Mediator, listed on roster2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of AlabamaPanel of Neutrals2011 - Present
Alabama Center for Dispute ResolutionMediator, listed on roster2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionMember2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeFellow2010 - Present
American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation GroupMember2007 - Present
Alabama Civil Justice FoundationContributor2006 - Present
American Association for Justice, Insurance Law SectionMember2001 - Present
American Association for Justice, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability SectionMember2001 - Present
American Association for Justice, Employment Rights SectionMember2001 - Present
American Association for Justice, Insurance Bad Faith Litigation GroupMember2001 - Present
American Association for Justice, Products Liability SectionMember2001 - Present
Alabama Association for JusticeMember2001 - Present
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted to Practice1998 - Present
Madison County Volunteer Lawyers ProgramMember1995 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present
Curia Honoris (alumni academic honor society)Member1993 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of AlabamaAdmitted to Practice1992 - Present
Huntsville-Madison County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Alabama State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation GroupSecretary2013 - 2014
American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation GroupTreasurer2012 - 2013
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, Ad-Hoc (Governance) CommitteeChair2010 - 2011
Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, Health Insurance CommitteeChair2007 - 2009
Alabama Association for JusticeBoard of Governors2001 - 2004
American Association for JusticeMember2001 - 2010
Cordell Hull Legal Research and WritingInstructor1991 - 1992
Cumberland Law ReviewCasenote Editor1991 - 1992
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Melissa Wistafke v. La-Z-Boy, Inc., et al.Confidential Settlement
Estate of Ruel Carthel Jaynes v. Florence Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC, et al.Case settled for confidential amount at mediation.
Estate of Henry Fierro v. UPS, Inc., et al.Confidential Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
22 Cumberland Law Review 399Regulation Preventing Publicly Funded Facilities from Providing Preconception Abortion Counseling Comports with Fifth Amendment1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJurisprudence Doctorate (with honors - class rank 13 of 200)1992
University of Alabama - HuntsvilleBusiness AdministrationOther - Bachelors1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Alabama - HuntsvilleBusiness Law1995