Rich Raleigh is part of the firm's government solutions and global trade team, focusing his practice on solutions for businesses involved in aerospace, defense, and security, and litigation with an emphasis on government contracts, employment law, complex business litigation (including trade secret and non-compete litigation), and civil litigation.

Drawing upon his experience in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, Rich has successfully represented clients dealing with issues related to government contracts, non-competition agreements, and trade secrets. He regularly handles matters requiring immediate action – motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunction hearings – particularly in cases involving non-compete agreements and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets. He has also successfully represented clients in appeals before many appellate courts, including the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, the Alabama Supreme Court, and specialty courts like the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Rich has negotiated favorable severance packages, employment contracts, and partnership agreements and assisted clients in mergers and acquisitions, including in the highly regulated area of federal government contracting. He has also represented executives and companies in internal investigations and corporate governance matters, including qui tam. 

Rich is listed on the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution’s Qualified Mediator Roster with a concentration on Business Litigation/Disputes, Commercial Litigation, Contracts, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Employment Law, Government Contracts, Non-Compete Agreements, and Trade Secrets. 

He attended the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. After graduation, Rich served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps before joining private practice in northern Alabama. Dedicated to providing pro bono representation to the underserved members of his community, Rich has handled cases for the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program, frequently helping veterans with legal issues.

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Professional Activities

Alabama State Bar

  • President (2014 – 2015) 
  • Governmental Liaison Committee (2015 – Present)
  • Personnel Committee (2015 – Present)
  • Legal Malpractice Insurance Task Force (2019 – 2020)
  • Leadership Forum: Graduate Class 1
  • Disciplinary Panel Member (2006 – 2013); MCLE Commission (2006 – 2013)

American Bar Association

  • House of Delegates (2015 – Present)
  • House Technology and Communications Committee (2018 – 2020)
  • Standing Committee on Lawyer Professional Liability (2016 – 2019)

American Law Institute

  • Member
  • Members Consultative Groups: Rest. Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm; Rest. Third, Torts: Defamation and Privacy; and Rest. Third, Conflicts of Laws

Alabama Law Institute

  • Council of the Alabama Law Institute (2011 – Present)
  • Restrictive Covenants and Contracts Committee (2012 – 2015)
  • Collateral Consequences Committee (2017 – 2018)
  • Non-Disparagement Agreements Committee (2019 – Present)
  • Government Procurement Reform Committee (2019 – Present)

National Conference of Bar Presidents

  • Member and Former Member of Membership and Finance Committees (2015 – 2016)

University of Alabama School of Law Foundation Board of Governors 

  • Executive Council of Law Foundation Board
  • Representative of Law School to University of Alabama Rising Tide Capital Campaign Committee

Alabama Judicial Conference

  • Representative of the Alabama State Bar, Appointed by Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court 

Alabama Supreme Court, Standing Committee on Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure

  • Member (2015 – Present)

Alabama Judicial Compensation Commission

  • Member, Appointed by Alabama Speaker of the House

Federal Bar Association

  • Government Contracts and Labor & Employment Sections
  • Frequent speaker at Employment Law Symposium and Government Acquisition Symposium

Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution

  • Listed on Qualified Mediator Roster – Concentration on Business Litigation/Disputes, Commercial Litigation, Contracts, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Employment Law, Government Contracts, Non-Compete Agreements, and Trade Secrets

Civic Engagement

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Huntsville Rotary Club

Arts Huntsville, Board of Directors

  • President (2018 – 2019)

National Children’s Advocacy Center

  • Board of Directors (2004 – 2011) 
  • President (2009 – 2010)

Sons of the American Revolution

Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 343

  • Vigil Honor
  • Order of the Arrow
     

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (BL Rankings), Government Contracts, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Union, Litigation – Labor & Employment, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Trade Secrets Law (2013 – Present)
  • Named the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation: Labor & Employment – Huntsville (2023) and Employment Law: Management – Huntsville (2021)
  • Super Lawyers Honoree, Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) (2012 – Present)
  • U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, among other awards and service medals
  • Alabama Law Foundation, Fellows Program
  • AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Alabama State Bar President’s Award (2010)
     

Thought Leadership

  • Co-Author, “FTC Issues New Rule—But Not the Final Chapter—on Non-Competes: What Employers Need to Know”, Les Nouvelles, June 2024