Overview

Richard focuses his practice on successfully defending clients in various labor and employment matters, including claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for gender discrimination, sexual harassment, race discrimination, and discrimination based on national origin.  Richard also routinely defends clients against Equal Pay Act claims, claims alleging race discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, federal civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, as well as alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA); Family and Medical  Leave Act (FMLA); Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  To assist clients in avoiding litigation, Richard advises clients on the ever-changing employment laws and regulations, as well as during EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor, and OSHA investigations.

While serving the citizens of Alabama as an Assistant Attorney General, Richard worked under the Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr. (former Alabama Attorney General, now Circuit Judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit), during which time he represented numerous state officials, including the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and State Treasurer, as well as the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, the former presiding judge of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, against a multitude of civil claims, including claims for alleged civil rights violations.

Since entering private practice, three Alabama Attorneys General have appointed Richard as Deputy Attorney General to represent Alabama’s Department of Youth Services, Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health, Department of Transportation, Department of Human Resources, and several other state agencies and officers.  Richard has also served the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission as a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute judicial misconduct.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Rising Star, Alabama Super Lawyers® (2011-2014)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Riverchase Rebounders Youth Basketball League; Riverchase United Methodist Church, Director

About Me

Richard enjoys fishing, playing guitar, playing golf, and spending time with his wife, Caroline, and three children, Ret, Grace and John.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • "2007 Employment Law Update,” presented to Alabama Attorney General's Annual Continuing Legal Education Conference, October 2007
  • "Revised FLSA Regulations Compliance" and "FMLA, ADA & Workers' Compensation," presented to Sterling Education Services' Employment Law Update, July 2007
  • "Responding to the New FLSA Regulations,” presented to Sterling Education Services' Employment Law Update, June 20005
  • "Leaves of Absences," presented to Sterling Education Services' Practical Applications of Employment Law, February 2004
  • "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
  • Winston Churchill

Practice Emphasis

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Workers' Compensation

Industries

Education

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

  • J.D., 2000

Wofford College

  • B.A., English & Sociology, magna cum laude, 1997

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Alabama, 2000
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