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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.


My Practice

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, across Alabama from Madison County to Mobile County, and in many other states.

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.
Civil & Commercial Litigation and Government Contracts

Rich is an accomplished litigator who is very familiar with the process, strategy and custom at the trial and appellate levels.

Rich offers comprehensive legal representation to government contractors of all sizes in Alabama and across the United States.  He guides clients through all aspects of the federal government procurement process, from solicitation to award.  Rich has experience handling bid protests, prime/subcontract litigation, contract claims disputes, regulatory matters, SBA size, and 8(a) issues, and a wide array of other matters routinely faced by government contractors.

Rich represents large national enterprises, small local companies, and individuals on a wide range of issues. He has extensive experience in cases involving post-employment disputes, including covenants not to compete; shareholder and closely-held company litigation; contract disputes; real estate development; accounting and professional malpractice; Certificate of Need (“CON”) applications and litigation; government contracts; and other areas.

Non-Competition Agreements

Rich helps employers draft non-compete agreements that comply with the current law. He also represents employers in enforcing their agreements with former employees, and also represents employees in disputes against former employers.

Certificate Of Need & Health Care Litigation
Rich represents health care providers in litigation involving Certificate of Need applications and has represented providers with requests to develop new healthcare facilities or provide new equipment or services.

Professional Experience

8/00 - present
Wilmer & Lee, P.A., Huntsville, Alabama.

Experienced Trial and Appellate Attorney
Practice concentrated on government contracts, trade secret and non-ompetition litigation, employment law, business litigation, and cyberlaw.
Past President of Alabama State Bar, 2014-2015.

8/00 - 5/05
U.S. Army Reserves JAG Corps serving with the 154th Legal Support Organization (TDS).

1/96 - 8/00
Legal Counsel with U.S. Army JAG Corps (January 1996-August2000) with assignments in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Professional Activities

Alabama State Bar
  • President of the Alabama State Bar, 2014-2015
  • Governmental Liaison Committee, 2015-present

American Bar Association
  • House of Delegates, 2015-present
  • House Technology and Communications Committee
American Law Institute
  • Member, and Member of Members Consultative Groups Rest. Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm, and Torts: Defamation and Privacy

Alabama Law Institute
  • Member of the Council of the Alabama Law Institute, June 2011-present
  • Restrictive Covenants and Contracts Committee, 2012-2015
  • Collateral Consequences Committee, 2017-2018
  • Non-Disparagement Agreements Committee, February 2019-present
  • Government Procurement Reform Committee, February 2019-present

National Conference of Bar Presidents
  • Member and Past Member, Membership and Finance/Audit Committees

University of Alabama School of Law Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member of Executive Council of Law Foundation Board

Farrah Law Alumni Society
  • Member and Past Member of Bd. of Trustees, Farrah Law Alumni Society

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

Other Activities and Honors

  • Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Member, Huntsville Rotary Club, www.huntsvillerotary.com
  • Vistage Chief Executive Group 03872, www.vistage.com
  • Board of Directors, Arts Huntsville, Pres. 2018-2019
  • Member, Huntsville First United Methodist Church
  • Board of Directors, Nat’l Children’s Advocacy Center 2004-2011 (Pres., 2009-2010)
  • Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation, and Board of Trustees, 2013-present
  • Fellow, American Law Foundation
  • U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, among other awards and service medals
  • Sons of the American Revolution Member and Recipient of SAR War Service Medal
  • Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor, Boy Scouts of America



Practice Areas

Government Contracts Law
Cybersecurity Law
Employment Law
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Trade Secret
  • Non-Competition Litigation
Civil Litigation: Defense


University of Alabama, B.A. 1992.
Blue Key National Honor Society; Alabama Triangle Association Honorary; Order of Omega National Greek Honorary; Delta Chi Social Fraternity; Army ROTC Scholarship; ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate; Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society.

University of Alabama, J.D. 1995, cum laude.
Student Works Editor and Managing Board Member, Alabama Law Review; Hugo L. Black Scholar; Bench and Bar Honor Society; Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity; Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary.

The Judge Advocate General’s School, United States Army,
138th United States Army Judge Advocate Officer Basic Course, Charlottesville, Virginia, December 1995. 

Bar & Court Admission

Bar of the States of Alabama and Tennessee

United States District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama

United States District Courts, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

United States Court of Federal Claims

United States District Court for the District of Columbia

United States Tax Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Armed Forces, for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits, and for the Federal Circuit

United States Supreme Court 



Recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America©

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated

Alabama Supreme Court Standing Committee on Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure

Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers since 2013

Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation

Fellow, American Law Foundation

“SuperLawyer,” Alabama SuperLawyers, since 2012 (2010 “Rising Star”)

2010 Alabama State Bar President’s Award

U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Medal, NATO Medal, among other awards and service medals

Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor, Boy Scouts of America
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