Attorneys

David A. Rich

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Contact

Phone: (205) 834-9179
Email: dar@dodsongregory.com
vCard: David A. Rich

Overview

Where one sees limits, I see opportunities. I believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that ingenuity and dedication make no result beyond reach or problem beyond resolution. As William Blake once said, “No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.” I live and litigate with this mentality, and it has served me well.

My practice focuses on products liability, personal injury, trucking and transportation, and appellate litigation. I also specialize in insurance coverage in both litigated and non-litigated matters. I have successfully tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts. I have also successfully taken and defended complex appeals in state and federal appellate courts. I am proud to say that I am Martindale-Hubbell AV- Preeminent rated by my peers and have been named to the Alabama edition of Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list as a top rated products liability attorney since 2015. Before joining the firm, I had the pleasure of serving as a law clerk for The Honorable Sharon L. Blackburn, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

I earned my J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, summa cum laude, where I graduated second in the class, served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and played a vital role on the National Moot Court Team. I participated in five national moot court competitions, winning oral advocacy and best brief awards at the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy and the Roger J. Traynor California moot court competitions. While in school, I also served as a law clerk for the California Department of Corporations and the California Department of Justice, Trials, Writs, and Appeals Section. In my final year, I received the prestigious ABA-ALI Scholarship and Leadership Award, which is a faculty-nominated award given to one graduating law student at each ABA accredited law school.

I received my B.A., cum laude, from Northern Arizona University. While at Northern Arizona, I served as the President of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the President of Blue Key Honor Society. I was also a member of Golden Key Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society. During my senior year, I received the coveted Gold Axe Award, the highest student recognition bestowed by the University.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife Sheree and our four young kids, Elias, David, Noah Grace, and Braylan. I love sports and the outdoors. I was a certified professional ski instructor before I went to law school, and I remain an avid skier that enjoys taking risks at high altitude.

Education

  • B.A., Northern Arizona University, 2006 cum laude
  • J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2010 summa cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Alabama
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – LEED Green Associate

Publications

Deference to the Law of Nations: The Intersection Between the New York Convention, the Convention Act, the McCarran-Ferguson Act, and State-Anti Insurance Arbitration Statutes, 33 T. JEFFERSON. L. REV. 81 (2011).

Betting the Farm: The TIC Turf War and Why TICS Constitute Investment Contracts Under Federal Securities Laws, 1 WM. & MARY BUS. L. REV. 483 (2010).