Richard H.

Phone: 334-834-1180
Fax: 334-834-3172

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  • B.A., Vanderbilt University (1962)
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1965)

Practice Areas

Associations & Community Involvement

  • Disciplinary judge, Alabama State Bar
  • Chairman, Alabama State Bar Committee on Character & Fitness
  • Chairman, Alabama State Bar Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Member, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Committee on Lawyer Standards and Discipline
  • Member, Task Force on Lawyer Political Action Committees
  • Vice Chairman, Alabama Supreme Court Committee on Appellate Rules (1972-1990)
  • Senior Associate Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on the Matter of the Impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon (1974)
  • Member, Board of the Alabama Law Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Life Member, Alabama Law Institute
  • Alabama Bar Commissioner
  • Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Board of Directors)
  • Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority (Board of Directors)

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow of American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers
  • Life Fellow of Alabama Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow of American Bar Foundation
  • Magna Cum Laude (Vanderbilt University)
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Speeches & Publications

  • "The Proposed Alabama Appellate Rules, an Overview," 26 ALR 639
  • "Official Comments to the Alabama Appellate Rules"
  • Frequent lecturer and teacher on trial, appellate and ethics matters at CLE for the Alabama State Bar and University of Alabama and Cumberland Schools of Law
  • Legal advisor to the Alabama House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary on the Adoption of the Judicial Article to the Alabama Constitution

Reported Cases

  • Union Planters Bank, N.A. v. People of State of New York, 988 So.2d 1007, 2008 WL 274756, Ala., February 1, 2008 (1050562)
  • Carroll v. W. L. Petrey Wholesale Co., Inc., 941 So.2d 234, 2006 WL 1046255, Ala., April 21, 2006 (1041466)
  • Abbott Laboratories v. Durrett, 746 So.2d 316, 1999 WL 424338, 1999 –
  • Ex parte Jim Walter Homes, Inc., 712 So.2d 733, 1998 WL 122740, Ala., March 20, 1998 (1970138)
  • Cooks v. Jim Walter Homes, Inc., 695 So.2d 19, 1996 WL 661728, Ala.Civ.App.,Nov. 15, 1996 (2950634)
  • Dewitt Apparel, Inc. v. Four Seasons of Romar Beach Condominium Owners' Ass'n, Inc., 678 So.2d 740, 1996 WL 126011, Ala., March 22, 1996 (1941025, 1941026)
  • Ex parte New England Mutual Life Ins. Co., 663 So.2d 952, 1995 WL 396888, Ala., July 7, 1995 (1940934)
  • Eglin v. Alfa Corp., 598 So.2d 807, 1992 WL 76304, Ala., April 17, 1992 (89-1227)
  • Murray v. Alfab, Inc., 601 So.2d 878, 1992 WL 35538, Ala., February 14, 1992 (1900715, 1900736)
  • Van Schaack v. AmSouth Bank, N.A., 530 So.2d 740, 1988 WL 119529, Ala., September 23, 1988 (86-1374)
  • Conticommodity Services, Inc. v. Transamerica Leasing, Inc., 473 So.2d 1053, Ala., June 28, 1985 (84-154)
  • Reynolds v. First Alabama Bank of Montgomery, N.A., 471 So.2d 1238, Ala., April 19, 1985 (83-70, 83-72, 83-71)
  • First Alabama Bank of Montgomery, N.A. v. Martin, 425 So.2d 415, Ala., August 20, 1982 (80-853)
  • Hopkins v. BP Oil, Inc., 81 F.3d 1070 (11th Cir. (Ala.), April 26, 1996) (No. 94-6906)
  • Pickett v. IBP, inc., 197 F.R.D. 510 (M.D.Ala., Oct. 18, 2000) (No. Civ. 96-A-1103-N)
  • Retirement Systems of Alabama v. Merrill Lynch & Co., 209 F.Supp.2d 1257 (M.D.Ala. 2002)
  • Executive Risk Indemnity Co. v. AFC Enterprises, Inc., 510 F.Supp.2d 1308 (N.D.Ga. 2007) aff'd No. 07-14678 (11th Cir., May 28, 2008)

Attorney Profile

Richard Gill is the senior partner in Copeland Franco; he has been an active litigator in a broad range of civil matters, including securities fraud (both plaintiff and defense), trusts and trust investment management, complex business litigation, insurance coverage, employment, personal injury, pharmaceutical pricing, and investments. He has over 200 reported decisions from state and federal courts, is a Fellow of both The American College of Trial Lawyers and The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and is one of only two or three attorneys in the United States to have that dual distinction. He has been engaged in major litigation in areas as geographically diverse as Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Florida and Illinois. In his career, Mr. Gill has served as Senior Associate Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Impeachment of President Richard Nixon, as Vice-Chair of the committee which wrote Alabama's Appellate Rules (and is author of the Official Commentary to such rules), as a disciplinary judge for the Alabama State Bar for many years, and as a member of the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Disciplinary Committee.

Recent News

Richard Gill receives William Scruggs Award

Copeland Franco partners recognized as Best Lawyers

Richard Gill Named Best Lawyers "2013 Lawyer of the Year"

Richard Gill Named Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Copeland Franco attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Richard Gill recognized in multiple practice areas in 2017 Best Lawyers in America

Richard Gill recognized in 2018 Best Lawyers in America