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Barry A. Ragsdale

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Phone (205) 536-8888

Legal Assistant:   Jennifer Bartolome

Email:   jbartolome@dfhlaw.com

 

 

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Barry practice focuses exclusively on trial and appellate work and in the handling of complex litigation requiring his special talents for dealing with thorny and difficult cases, including class actions and other bet-the company litigation. His trial and appellate work covers the spectrum of courts and matters.  He has handled a significant number of high-stakes and high-profile cases in state and federal courts in Alabama and beyond.

Notable Cases

  • Currently serving as the court-appointed Plaintiffs Liaison and Discovery Liaison Counsel in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation MDL. In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litig. (MDL No. 2406), Case No. 2:13-CV-20000- RDP
  • Successfully defended at trial and on appeal the executor of a large estate against charges of breach of fiduciary duty and negligence. Ruttenberg v. Friedman, 97 So.3d 114 (Ala. 2012)
  • Successfully represented a small business in a landmark case in which the Alabama Supreme Court first recognized the Enhanced Duty of Good Faith when insurance companies retain defense counsel under a reservation of rights L&S Roofing Supply Co. v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 521 So.2d 1298 (Ala.1987)
  • Successfully challenged and invalidated on First Amendment grounds Alabama’s 120-year-old criminal defamation statute, persuading the Alabama Supreme Court to declare the statute unconstitutional. Ivey v. State, 821 So.2d 937 (Ala. 2001)
  • Successfully represented at trial and on appeal the victims of a funeral home’s negligence with the unauthorized cremation of their loved one’s body. Akins Funeral Home, Inc. v. Miller, 878 So.2d 267 (Ala. 2003)
  • Successfully defended a member of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (the appointed regulatory board overseeing the Alabama Department of Environmental Management) against a quo warranto lawsuit challenging his professional qualifications and seeking the member’s ouster from office. Alabama ex rel Oldroyd v. Byington(Montgomery Co. Cir. Ct)
  • Successfully represented a large, closely-held business in opposing and fending-off an invasive books and records demand from a disgruntled minority shareholder. Pearson v. Westervelt Co., 203 So.3d 73 (Ala.Civ.App. 2016)
  • Represented a United States District Judge in disciplinary proceedings initiated and prosecuted by the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Council and the Judicial Council of the United States
  • Successfully represented a journalist and a law professor in intervening in a case brought by the families of Colombian union members murdered by paramilitaries and persuaded the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to reverse the district court’s excessive gag order and to unseal much of the court record to the press and public. Romero v. Drummond Co., 480 F.3d 1234 (11th Cir. 2007)
  • Successfully represented former Birmingham mayor in enjoining political group for wrongfully using his name and image for unauthorized political endorsements. Arrington v. Major(Jefferson County Circuit Court)
  • Represented 15 state Attorneys General in litigation involving suit by State of Alabama and Congressman alleging that the Census should exclude undocumented persons
  • Currently representing defendants including several political action committees in defamation action filed by former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore arising out of Moore’s failed 2017 senate campaign
  • Successfully represented on a pro-bono basis the only death row inmate to receive clemency from an Alabama Governor in more than forty years. Later, successfully invalidated on federal constitutional grounds an Alabama statute enacted to retroactively overturn the Governor’s commutation. Neelley v. Walker, No. 2:14-cv-269-WKW, 2015 WL 6432017 (M.D. Ala., Oct. 22, 2015)

Personal

Barry grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and attended the University of Central Florida on a debate scholarship. Barry is married to Sherri Ward Ragsdale and they have two children.

  • Chambers USA: Litigation (2021)
  • Birmingham “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America© 2022 – Appellate Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 – Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Trusts and Estates (2014-2021)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers – Business Litigation (2010-2021)
  • Martindale- Hubble AV® Preeminent™ peer review rating
  • Member -Alabama State Bar Association
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association.
  • Member, Board of Bar Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar
  • Past member, Board of Bar Examiners of the Alabama State Bar
  • Past member, Alabama Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on the Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Past Chair, Alabama State Bar’s Section of Business Torts and Antitrust Litigation
  • Past President, Birmingham Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Past member, Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association
    Past member, Board of Trustees of the Birmingham Legal Aid Society
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Alabama Law Foundation, and the Birmingham Bar Foundation

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Education

  • University of Alabama (B.A. 1983 cum laude, J.D. 1985, magna cum laude

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