Skip to main content

About me

I represent clients in complex litigation, including government contracts litigation and "bet the company" matters involving trade secrets, noncompetition agreements, intellectual property, contracts, and a variety of other subjects.  I have also successfully represented clients in appeals before many appellate courts, including the Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Alabama Supreme Court, and the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal, and in specialty courts like the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  I also have experience representing clients facing False Claims Act claims and in other White Collar Crime cases.


 


The U.S. Army trusted me to advise generals and other senior commanders in the Balkans in the 1990s.  The 17,700 lawyers of Alabama trusted me to represent them, as one of the youngest Alabama State Bar Presidents in history.  My clients trust me because I have handled complex cases in multiple venues, ranging from military courts-martial to U.S. Courts of Appeal, and across Alabama from Madison County to Mobile County.


 


In every matter entrusted to me, my goal is to provide solutions to my clients' complex legal problems in a reasonable period of time.  By returning telephone calls promptly, updating clients regularly, and working harder than others, while displaying courtesy and respect toward clients, opponents, and courts, I work hard to achieve this goal.  


 


---------------


 


I am an attorney with and Shareholder of the firm, Wilmer & Lee, and a resident attorney in the firm’s Huntsville, Alabama office. I served as President of the Alabama State Bar from July 2014-July 2015.


 


I attended the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law, where I graduated cum laude. After graduation, I served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, from 1995 to 2000, when I returned to Alabama to join the North Alabama law firm Wilmer & Lee.


 


I have a diverse litigation practice, have tried numerous trials in various state and federal courts, and have argued cases before the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Florida 1st District Court of Appeals. I am admitted to practice in Alabama and Tennessee, as well as various federal courts, including the United States Court of Federal Claims.


 


From July 2004 to July 2013, I served on the Alabama State Bar’s Board of Bar Commissioners. During that time, I served on numerous committees and task forces, including for many years on the MCLE Commission and on one of the Alabama State Bar’s Disciplinary Panels. From July 2014 to July 2015, I served as President of the Alabama State Bar.


 


I am a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation and the American Law Foundation; and I am dedicated to Access to Justice and Pro Bono issues, and issues facing Veterans. Governor Robert J. Bentley appointed me to Council of the Alabama Law Institute in June 2011, and I had the pleasure of working on the committee that drafted the recently passed update to Alabama's law concerning non-compete agreements.


 


I am also a member of the American Law Institute and serve in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.


 


I also enjoy serving my local community.  I have served the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association on numerous committees. I am a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. I served on the board of directors of The Arts Council.  I served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, concluding my service as its president. I have also served as president of the Downtown Forty-Seven, on the Advisory Board of the Sparkman Center Boys and Girls Club, and on the Board of the Old Town Historic District Association.


 


---------------


 


Disclaimer:  "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."  Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.2(e).

More 

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 40%
  3. Government Contracts: 10%
  4. Employment: 10%

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Rebekah Keith McKinney

    Rich is an outstanding lawyer - always prepared, hard working and knowledgeable about the law. I can highly recommend him!

    More 

    Rebekah McKinney Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tazewell T Shepard III

    This is a very good attorney and highly respected by peers in Huntsville. I am happy to endorse him!

    More 

    Tazewell Shepard Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

100 Washington St Ste 200
Huntsville, AL, 35801

Wilmer & Lee, P.A.

100 Washington Street
Suite 200
Huntsville, AL, 35801

More 

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TNActive200406/16/2016
ALAuthorized to practice law199507/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderWilmer & Lee, P.A.2000 - Present
Judge Advocate AttorneyUnited States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps1995 - 2000
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Alabama State BarImmediate Past President2015 - 2016
Alabama State BarPresident2014 - 2015
Alabama State BarPresident-Elect2013 - 2014
Alabama State BarBar Commissioner2004 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lewis v. Covenant Classical SchoolJudgment for Defendant
Clinicomp International, Inc. v. The United StatesJudgment for Plaintiff Clinicomp International Inc.
Chandler v. Volunteers of America, North Alabama, Inc.Judgment for Appellee Affirmed.
See all legal cases 
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Alabama School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (main campus)N/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992