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 was also the President of the Alabama State Bar from July 2014 to July 2015.  He serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Government Contracts Practice Group and the firm's Litigation Practice Group.

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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 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, non-competition 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. He has assisted clients in mergers and acquisitions, including in the highly regulated area of federal government contracting.  He frequently assists companies with novation of contracts that occur along with mergers and acquisitions.  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.  He continues to serve on various Alabama State Bar committees and task forces.

Rich was selected by the justices of the Alabama Supreme Court to serve on its Standing Committee on Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure (2015-present).  Rich also serves on the Alabama Judicial Compensation Commission, having been appointed by the Alabama Speaker of the House.

Rich is a Fellow in the Alabama Law Foundation, an honor limited to only 1% of all members of the Alabama Bar, and the American Law Foundation.  He has served on the Council of the Alabama Law Institute since June 2011 and is also one of only 50 distinguished lawyers and judges in Alabama currently serving on the American Law Institute.  He has served the American Law Institute as a Member of the Members Consultative Groups for the Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm, Rest.Third, Torts: Defamation and Privacy; and Rest. Third, Conflict of Laws.

Rich serves on the University of Alabama School of Law Foundation Board of Governors as a Member of Executive Council of Law Foundation Board, and he is a representative of Alabama Law to the University of Alabama Capital Campaign Committee.

Rich also works 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, where he serves on its Rotary Foundation Board.  He served for many years on the Board of Directors of the National Children’s Advocacy Center and the Board of Directors of Arts Huntsville, concluding his service for both as their board 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.  He serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 343.

Rich attends Huntsville First United Methodist Church with his wife, the former Shannon Leigh Ellinghausen, of Bibb County, Alabama, who handles Strategic Communications for NASA’s Space Launch System.

Rich is also dedicated to providing pro bono representation to the underserved members of his community, personally handling cases for the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program, frequently helping veterans with legal issues.  He served many years on the Board of Directors of the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program, including as the Chairman of the board.

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, and has a concentration on Business Litigation/Disputes, Commercial Litigation, Contracts, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Employment Law, Government Contracts, Non-Compete Agreements, and Trade Secrets matters.

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; 2017, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal 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); Federal and American Bar Associations; National Contract Management Association. 
Delegate, American Bar Association House of Delegates (2015 – present).

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. U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, among other awards and service medals. Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A Contractor’s Guide To Government Shutdowns, 19-13 BRPAPERS 1, Jerome S. Gabig, Richard J.R. Raleigh, Jr., and Christopher L. Lockwood, Thomson West 2019.  Playing Your Cards at Interpreting Federal Government Contracts, 80 Ala. Law. 364 (2019)(with Jerome S. Gabig and Christopher L. Lockwood).  Alabama Enacts Major Revision of Alabama Code 8-1-1, The Alabama Lawyer, Vol. 76, No. 6, p. 385 (Nov. 2015)(with Will Hill Tankersley, J. Casey Pipes, and Adam K. Israel).  Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly: A Review of the “Plausibility” Pleading Standard, FED.LAW., September 2008 (with Marcus A. Huff). 

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