Richard J.R. Raleigh, Jr.

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Richard J.R. Raleigh, Jr.
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Background and Experience
Richard Raleigh is an attorney and Shareholder with the firm Wilmer & Lee, and he is a resident attorney in that firm’s Huntsville, Alabama office. He is also the President of the Alabama State Bar (July 2014 – July 2015).

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

Rich Raleigh has a diverse litigation practice, has tried numerous trials in various state and federal courts, and has argued cases before the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Court of Appeal, the Florida 1st District Court of Appeal, and United States Court of Federal Claims. He is admitted to practice in Alabama and Tennessee, as well as various federal courts, including the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Tax Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

Rich represents individuals and businesses in corporate, commercial, intellectual property, labor and employment, and government contract litigation matters in state and federal courts.  Rich regularly defends businesses and individuals in complex litigation.  Drawing upon his experience in the United States Army JAG Corps, Rich has successfully represented numerous clients dealing with issues related to government contracts, noncompetition agreements, and trade secrets throughout the Southeast.  He regularly handles matters requiring immediate action – motions for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction hearings – particularly in the context of cases involving non-compete agreements and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets.

Rich has also negotiated favorable severance packages, employment contracts, and partnership agreements. Both executives and companies have hired him to represent them in internal investigations and corporate governance matters.

From July 2004 to July 2013, Rich served on the Alabama State Bar’s Board of Bar Commissioners. During that time, Rich 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. In July 2014, Rich became President of the Alabama State Bar.

Rich is a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation and the American Law Foundation; and he is dedicated to Access to Justice and Pro Bono issues facing Veterans. Governor Robert J. Bentley appointed Rich to Council of the Alabama Law Institute in June 2011.

Rich also work diligently serving his local community. He has served the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association on numerous committees. He is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. He served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the National Children’s Advocacy Center, concluding his service as its president. He has 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 Old Town Historic District Association.

Rich attends Huntsville First United Methodist Church with his wife, the former Shannon Leigh Ellinghausen, of Bibb County, Alabama, who is an Outreach Coordinator in NASA’s Space Launch System Program Office.

Rich is also dedicated to providing pro bono representation to the underserved members of his community, personally handling cases for the Volunteer Lawyers Program and serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Regardless of who his client is, or what type of case Rich is handling, his goal is always to achieve the best possible result for his clients in a manner that fits with their personal or business goals.

After review of his qualifications and experience by the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Wilmer & Lee, P.A. Attorney and Shareholder Richard Raleigh has become Registered on the Alabama State Court Mediation Roster.  Mr. Raleigh is available to serve as a mediator or arbitrator to help parties resolve their disputes through alternative dispute resolution.

Education, Admissions and Experience

Practice Areas:
Government Contracts Law, Labor and Employment Litigation, Trade Secret Litigation,​ Cybersecurity Law, Business Litigation and Civil Litigation: Defense

1995, Alabama; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; 2000, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court; 2002, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; 2003, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; 2004, Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee and Southern District of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

Law School:
University of Alabama, J.D., cum laude, 1995

University of Alabama, B.A., 1992

Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association; Alabama State Bar (President, July 2014-July 2015; Member, Board of Bar Commissioners, July 2004- July 2013; President-Elect July 2013 – July 2014); Federal and American Bar Associations.

Phi Delta Phi; Omicron Delta Kappa; Hugo L. Black Scholar. Senior Student Works Editor, Managing Board, Alabama Law Review.

Major, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps., Active Duty, 1995-2000; Reserves, 2000-2005.

Richard J.R. Raleigh Jr. & Marcus A. Huff, Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly: A Review of the “Plausibility” Pleading Standard, FED.LAW., September 2008.

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