Barry A. Ragsdale

Barry A. Ragsdale: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • 2311 Highland Avenue South, P.O. Box 55727, Birmingham, AL 35205
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Barry is a trial and appellate lawyer in our Birmingham office. Barry represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial and business litigation, including anti-trust shareholder and closely-held corporate disputes and class actions. Barry also represents parties in trust and estate litigation in both state and federal courts. He represented on a pro bono basis the only death row inmate to have her death sentence commuted by an Alabama governor in more than fifty years.

Awards & Accreditations

•B-Metro Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2018
•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•The Best Lawyers in America
•Appellate Practice, 2014-2017
•Commercial Litigation, 2016-2017
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation

Professional Profile


•B-Metro Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2018
•AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
•The Best Lawyers in America
•Appellate Practice, 2014-2019
•Commercial Litigation, 2016-2019
•Best Lawyers 2015 Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year in Birmingham
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2010-2017
•Birmingham Magazine Top Attorney, Appellate, 2009

Speeches & Publications

•Author, Sirote’s Appellate Law Blog
•Speaker, “Writing Effective Briefs to the Eleventh Circuit,” Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute, Feb. 2013
•Keynote Speaker, Alabama Probate Judges Association, Winter Conference, Jan. 2013
•Author, Reflections on the Retirement of Justice Thomas Woodall, BBA Bulletin, Fall 2012
• Appellate Court Treatment of Certified Questions, ABICLE, May 2008
• Federal Jurisdiction, Removal and Remand, Cumberland School of Law, Dec. 2007
• Problems and Pitfalls in Settlement Agreements, ABICLE, Dec. 2007
• How to Remain Professional During the Discovery Process, ABICLE, Nov. 2007
• My Heroes Have Always Been Lawyers, Keynote Address, Birmingham Bar Association Bench and Bar Retreat, Marriott Prattville Capitol Hill, Feb. 2007
• Recusal and Disqualification of Appellate Judges, (with Justice Tom Woodall) ABICLE, Feb. 2007
• Precedent on Appeal: I Fought the Law and the Law Won, ABICLE, Feb. 2006
• Practical Ethics for Litigators, Cumberland School of Law, Dec. 2005
• Ethics Issues in the Handling of Tort Cases, ABICLE Dec. 2005
• Professionalism: Extra-Judicial (and Injudicious) Comments in Handling the High Profile Appeal, ABICLE, Feb. 2005
• The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005: The Expansion of Federal Jurisdiction and the Impact on Class Actions, ATLA, 2005
• Recent Developments in Punitive Damages, Cumberland School of Law, Dec. 2004
• Avoiding Arbitration, Cumberland School of Law, Oct. 2004
• Ethical Issues Involving Lawyer Criticism of Judges, ABICLE, Oct. 2004
• Deceptive and False Advertising Claims Under the Lanham Act, ABICLE, May 2004
• Extra-Judicial Criticism of Judges: This Judge is a Crook, and Stupid Too!, ABICLE, May 2004
•Speaker, Advanced Litigation Techniques: More than Just the Nuts and Bolts, Alabama Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, December 2013
• Recent Developments in Discovery and Evidence, Cumberland School of Law, Dec. 2002
• The Slow Death of Class Actions and the Rise of Multi-Party Litigation, Birmingham Bar Association Annual Meeting Seminar, Dec. 2002
• Handling the Class Action Appeal, ABICLE, Oct. 2002
• Arbitration 2001: What’s Left To Fight About? Birmingham Bar Association, Sept. 2001
• Practical Litigation Ethics, Birmingham Bar Association, Sept. 2001
• Some Random Things That You May Have Always Wanted to Know About Appellate Practice, ABICLE, Feb. 2001
• Appellate Oral Argument, Birmingham Bar Association, Dec. 2000


Sirote & Permutt Announces 47 Attorneys Selected as The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 - 8/17/2015
Sirote’s Jack Neal and Barry Ragsdale Receive Alabama State Bar 2015 President’s Award - 7/29/2015
Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2015 - 5/27/2015
Sirote’s Davis, Friedman, Ragsdale and Williams Named Among B-Metro’s 2015 Top Flight Lawyers - 3/31/2015
Sirote’s Cooper, Hutchins and Ragsdale Designated Lawyers of the Year for 2015 - 10/20/2014
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Woodall Appointed by Sirote & Permutt to Head its Mediation and Arbitration Practice Group - 9/23/2014
Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 - 8/19/2014
Sirote & Permutt’s Neal and Ragsdale Receive Alabama State Bar President’s Award - 7/25/2014
Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014 - 4/28/2014
Sirote’s Barry Ragsdale to Present Mock Argument on Historical Birmingham Civil Rights Case - 3/17/2014
Sirote & Permutt Attorney Barry Ragsdale to Speak at Alabama Association of Matrimonial Lawyers Seminar - 11/25/2013
Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2014 - 8/16/2013
Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013 - 6/14/2013
Sirote Attorney Barry Ragsdale to Play Major Role in National Anti-Trust Suit Against Blue Cross Blue Shield - 3/5/2013
Supreme Court Justice Tom Woodall Joins Sirote & Permutt’s Appellate Practice Group - 2/6/2013
Barry Ragsdale to Speak at the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute - 2/4/2013
Sirote’s Barry Ragsdale Keynote Speaker for Alabama Probate Judges Association - 1/31/2013
Barry Ragsdale Writes about Justice Tom Woodall’s Retirement - 11/13/2012
Mullins, Wright and Ragsdale to Speak at ABA Fall Trust Conference - 9/27/2011
Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/10/2009
Sirote’s Ragsdale Selected as Keynote Speaker at Birmingham Bar Association Bench & Bar Retreat - 2/9/2009
Sirote Attorney Selected as Speaker for Alabama Federal Judge Biannual Meeting - 1/28/2009
Sirote & Permutt Adds Five Attorneys in Litigation, Tax, Mediation and Family Law - 6/16/2008

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Trust & Estate Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
205.930.5114  Phone
205.212.2932  Fax
University Attended:
University of Alabama, B.A., cum laude, 1983
Law School Attended:
University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985
Year of First admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; 1985, Alabama


•Admitted to practice
•US Supreme Court
•US Court of Appeals for the First, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits
•US District Court for the Northern District of Florida
•Supreme Court of Alabama
•US District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
•American Inns of Court, Birmingham Chapter, Past President
•Alabama Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure
•Business Torts and Antitrust Section, Former Chairman
•Birmingham Bar Association
•Executive Committee, Former Member
•Judicial Liaison Committee, Former Member
•Alabama State Bar
•Board of Bar Commissioners
•Board of Bar Examiners
•Business Torts and Antitrust Section, Chairman

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  • 4.9/5.0 (55 reviews)
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