Wilmer & Lee, Attorneys at Law joins IR as the exclusive Employment Law (Corporate) and Administrative Law member in US-Alabama
Published 26 Jan, 2018
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Area(s) of Focus
COMPLEX BUSINESS LITIGATION
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT CYBERLAW
TRADE SECRET AND NON-COMPETITION LITIGATION EMPLOYMENT LAW
University of Alabama School of Law,
J.D., 1995, cum laude, Alabama Law Review, Hugo L. Black Scholar, Bench and Bar Honor Society.
University of Alabama,
B.A., 1992, Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC, Blue Key National Honor Society, Scabbard and Blade Military Honor Society, Order of Omega National Greek Honorary, Alabama Triangle Association Honorary.
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 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 United States Supreme Court
Professional and Community Activities
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 State Bar, President (2014-2015), Chair, Governmental Liaison Committee (2015-present), Co-Founder, Government Contracts Section
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”
AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
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, among other awards and service medals
Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor, Boy Scouts of America
As a co-chair of the Wilmer & Lee Government Contracts Group and the firm’s Litigation 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 Raleigh 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.
In case involving enforcement of key employee non-compete agreements, represented government contractor in successful appeal of trial court denial of enforcement of non-compete agreement. WestWind Technologies, Inc. v. Jones, 925 So. 2d 166 (Ala. 2005).
In matter that involved questions related to constitutionality of state act of local application, represented municipality in successful appeal of adverse decision, which resulted in local law being upheld. Greene v. Town of Cedar Bluff, 965 So. 2d 773 (Ala. 2007).
In matter related to closely-held corporation and allegations of breach of fiduciary duties, represented construction contractor in matter involving request for preliminary injunction, and successfully appealed adverse trial court decision that initially granted preliminary injunctive relief. Marathon Const. and Demolition, LLC v. King Metal Recycling and Processing Corp., Nos. 1120310 and 11203682013, WL 2149490 (Ala. May 17, 2013).
Representing federal government contractor in a case in the Northern District of Alabama, achieved dismissal of False Claims Act Qui Tam case. U.S. ex rel. Jones v. Westwind Group, Inc., 417 F. Supp. 2d 1246 (N.D. Ala. 2006).
After week long trial, defense verdict returned for client by jury in case in Northern District of Alabama involving religious academic institution and allegations of discrimination. Successfully argued First Amendment Freedom of Religion to court. Lewis v. Covenant Classical School of Trace Crossing, LLC, 435 F. Supp. 2d 1172 (N.D. Ala. 2006).
Successfully defended client in week long trial in federal court involving race discrimination allegations, resulting in defense verdict from jury in favor of client on all claims. Argued appeal at Eleventh Circuit, with appellate court affirming trial court verdict for client. See April Chandler v. Volunteers of America, North Alabama, Inc., 598 Fed. Appx. 655, No. 14-10050, 2015 WL 329596 (11th Cir. Jan. 27, 2015) (affirming judgment for employer); and Chandler v. Volunteers of America, North Alabama, Inc., 2013 WL 832133 (N.D. Ala. February 28, 2013)(trial court granting summary judgment on a number of claims before trial).
In Okaloosa County, Florida trial court, achieved defense verdict for federal government contractor client after three-week trial involving claims alleging breach of teaming agreement and alleging intentional interference with teaming agreement contract. “Fla. Firm Loses Suit Against Ex-Partner Over $90M Contract,” Nathan Hale, Law360, Miami (March 10, 2016)(https://www.law360.com/articles/770182/fla- firm-loses-suit-against-ex-partner-over-90m-contract). Alpha Data Corporation v. HX5, LLC, InfoPro Corporation, et al., Case No.: 2009-CA-4326. See also Alpha Data Corp. v. HX5, L.L.C., 123 So.3d 155 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)(appellate court overturning initial summary judgment for client finding genuine material issues of fact existed requiring trial of claims).
Prevailed in government contracts bid protest case in United States Court of Federal Claims. Protest involved challenge to government evaluation of technical proposal and competitive range determination. CliniComp International, Inc. v. United States, No. 1:14-cv-00188-LJB, 117 Fed. Cl. 722 (Aug. 1, 2014).
Administrative Decisions and Other Significant Matters:
Successful appeal of decision to deny security clearance. In the Matter of: *** Applicant for Security Clearance, DISCR OSD Case No. 11- 10411 (D.I.S.C.R.), 2012 WL 2402145 (May 31, 2012).
In matter involving Wage Determination and Service Contract Act issues, assisted federal government contractor who took over contract where employees had not been paid correct rates under DOL Wage Determination by previous contractor achieve approval of Request for Equitable Adjustment from agency to cover back payments to employees. Negotiated resolution that benefited agency, contractor, and employees, and satisfied U.S. Department of Labor.
Represented North Alabama company in NLRB hearings involving allegations of unlawful and unfair labor practices.
Prevailed in size appeal for federal government contractor, where facts raised in size protest involved mentor-protégé agreements and joint venture agreements, with decision being reported in GAO decisions. Straughan Environmental, Inc., Re: Integrated Mission Support Services, LLC, SBA No.
SIZ-5767 (Appealed From Size Determination No. 6-2016-046)(United States Small Business Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals August 1, 2016).
2000 - present
Wilmer & Lee, P.A., Huntsville, Alabama.
Practice concentrated on business litigation, government contracts, trade secret and non-competition litigation, and employment law.
Past President of Alabama State Bar (2014-2015). 2000 - 2005
U.S. Army Reserves JAG Corps serving with the 154th Legal Support Organization.
1995 - 2000
Legal Counsel with U.S. Army JAG Corps, with assignments in Virginia, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Insights and Events
Speaker, Alabama State Bar 2017 Annual Meeting, Point Clear, AL, Topic: False Claims Act and Qui Tam Actions.
Speaker, Fall 2017 ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, Topic: Ransomware and Cybersecurity.
Moderator, Federal Bar Association North Alabama Chapter, 44th Annual Symposium on Government Acquisition: Panel on Protests and Matters Related to Government Contracts at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, GAO, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. District Court.
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.
Wilmer & Lee, P.A. is a business-oriented law firm representing clients mostly in the Southeast, but also across the nation. With more than 30 lawyers in three office locations, Wilmer & Lee is one of the largest firms in North Alabama. The firm provides a full array of legal services with a focus on: government contracting and administrative law; labor and employment law; and, general corporate representation. Our client base is just as diverse as our areas of practice, and we have clients all over the country.
We pride ourselves on being client-friendly and accountable. We believe that it is vitally important to have satisfied clients. We hope that we can assist you with your legal needs.