J. Thomas Richie

J. Thomas Richie

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Recognized since 2021

Birmingham, Alabama

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Insurance

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Thomas Richie represents clients in procedurally complex civil litigation, both in trial and appellate courts throughout Alabama and across the country. He has litigated a broad range of cases, from class actions to municipal tax disputes to the Chapter 9 bankruptcy case of Jefferson County, Alabama. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Alabama Super Lawyers, and has had success both asserting and defending claims.

Thomas has litigated cases in Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee and has successfully prosecuted or defended appeals in the Alabama Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit, and the Fourth Circuit.

Thomas has experience across every phase of civil litigation, from emergency injunctions at the outset of a case to high-stakes appeals after judgment. He has successfully litigated more than a dozen class actions to favorable judgments or settlements in state and federal courts. He has experience with class actions involving federal statutory claims, breach-of-contract, negligence, products liability, warranty, tax, data breach, and financial services issues. He represents clients across industries, including insurance, retail, defense, pharmaceutical, environmental, finance, wireless communication, and manufacturing. In addition to defending class actions, Thomas regularly litigates commercial disputes, whether involving breach of contract, competitive torts, or deceptive trade practices.


  • One Federal Place
    1819 Fifth Avenue North
    Birmingham, AL 35203


  • Samford University, J.D., graduated 2007
  • Samford University, B.S.B.A., graduated 2004


  • Alabama State Bar - Member
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • The Federalist Society - Member

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Insurance


  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars"

    • Business Litigation, 2016-2018
    • Class Action, 2019
  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Top Author 2020, Recognized as a Top 10 author for Class Actions
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation"

    • 40 & Under Hot List," 2016-2020
    • "Future Star," Alabama, 2018-2020

Additional Areas of Practice:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants


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