As a co-chair of the Wilmer & Lee Government Contracts Practice Group, and the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Rich Raleigh focuses his practice on litigation with an emphasis on government contracts and complex business litigation, as well as white-collar criminal matters and False Claims Act litigation.
In every matter entrusted to him, Rich's goal is to provide solutions to his client’s 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, Rich works hard to achieve this goal.
The U.S. Army trusted Rich to advise generals and other senior commanders in the Balkans in the 1990s. The 17,700 lawyers of Alabama trusted him to represent them, as one of the youngest Alabama State Bar Presidents in history. His clients trust him because he has 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.
Rich represents clients in complex litigation, including government contracts litigation and "bet the company" matters involving trade secrets, non-competition agreements, intellectual property, contracts, and a variety of other subjects. He has 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.
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
United States District Courts for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States Tax Court
United States Courts of Appeals for the Armed Forces, for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
Professional and Community Activities
Alabama State Bar, President (2014-2015), Chair, Governmental Liaison Committee (2015-present), Co-Founder, Government Contracts Section
American Bar Association, House of Delegates, and Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability
American Law Institute, Member, and Member of Members Consultive Group, Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm
Alabama Law Institute, Member of the Council of the Alabama Law Institute, June 2011-present, Restrictive Covenants and Contracts Study Committee, July 2012-2015
National Conference of Bar Presidents, Membership Committee and Finance and Audit Committee, 2015-present
University of Alabama School of Law Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Council of Law Foundation Board, and Member and Past Member of Board of Trustees, Farrah Law Alumni Society
Alabama Supreme Court Standing Committee on Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure
Alabama Law Foundation, Board of Trustees
Huntsville Rotary Club
Vistage Chief Executive Group 03872
Arts Huntsville, Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member
Alumni, Inside Huntsville/Madison County, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member
Accolades and Honors
Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers since 2013
“SuperLawyer,” Alabama SuperLawyers / Mid-South SuperLawyers, since 2012, and 2010 “Rising Star”
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
AVVO, Rated 10.0 Superb
Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation
Fellow, American Law Foundation
U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal
Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor, Boy Scouts of America
You May Not Know
Rich enjoys spending time with his two children and wife, which includes time rooting for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He lived overseas before moving to Huntsville. He also serves on the Board of Arts Huntsville, which stimulates and supports community creativity and engagement by advancing the arts, entertainment and culture to enrich quality of life, education, and economic development in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region.