Joe H. Ritch

Joe H. Ritch: Attorney with Sirote & Permutt, P.C.
  • Shareholder at Sirote & Permutt, P.C. (112 Attorneys)
  • 305 Church Street, Suite 800, Huntsville, AL 35801
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Well known throughout the region for his high-profile work with the North Alabama Base Realignment and Closing Commission and its efforts on behalf of Redstone Arsenal, Joe has an equally active career as an attorney in Sirote's Huntsville office, where he co-chairs the Privacy and Data Security Department and the Government Contracts Practice Groups .

What are you most proud of in your practice?

I’ve been proud of the opportunities that my position has presented me to become involved in economic development efforts in both my community and greater regional area.

What do you think are the three most important things you do to serve your clients?

First, I believe that the most important thing I do is produce results for my clients. Second is to be responsive throughout whatever process that my client and I are working through. And third is to provide more than just legal advice. I want to ensure that my assistance goes beyond just my office and the courtroom.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my time spent away from the office, I most enjoy staying in shape by working out.

Awards and Accreditations

•AV-Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating


•BV Distinguished Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

•Decatur/Morgan County Chamber of Commerce
•Leadership Award (2007)
•Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
•Distinguished Service Award (2003)
•National Space Club
•von Braun Memorial Community Service Award (2011)
•Redstone Arsenal
•Good Neighbor Award (2010)
•United States Department of the Army
•Commander's Award for Public Service

Thought Leadership

•Handles all aspects of government contracting, including supply, service, and construction contracts and subcontracts in industries, such as telecommunications, electronics, aerospace and missiles, shipbuilding, automated data processing (ADP), construction, surety, professional, architect-engineer, and technical services, heavy equipment, and high-technology, research, and development contracting

•Knowledge in the Multiple Award Schedule Contract (MASC) program

•Represents clients in developing and negotiating contracts in the real estate area, including commercial real estate transactions

•Handles real estate foreclosure for lenders involving residential and commercial real estate

Outside the Office

•Alabama Space and Rocket Center Foundation
•Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame
•Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce
•Board of Directors
•North Alabama Business Hall of Fame
•Inductee (2011)
•University of Alabama
•Former Member, Board of Trustees
•University of Alabama at Birmingham
•Board of Trustees, Regional Medical Center Valley Foundation (2005-2011)
•University of Alabama at Huntsville
•Member, Sports Hall of Fame
•President, Eminent Scholars Foundation

Speeches and Publications

•Author, Privacy and Data Security Today , Sirote's Privacy and Data Security Blog

•Speaker, Tax Law, Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County, October 2012

•Speaker, BRAC Update, 6th Annual Huntsville Commercial Market Symposium


•Sirote & Permutt Presents Alabama Society of CPA Seminar Series
•TVA and Sirote’s Joe Ritch Help Secure $600M Google Data Center in Alabama
•Joe Ritch Named One of the Most Influential People in Huntsville Area
•Sirote's Joe Ritch Speaks About Economic Development
•Joe Ritch is Chairman of TVA Board of Directors
•Sirote & Permutt's Joe Ritch Named Chair of Tennessee Valley Board of Directors
•Sirote Attorneys Pool Their Expertise To Help Clients Defend Crucial Data
•Sirote & Permutt Launches New Privacy & Data Security Group
•Sirote's Joe Ritch Recruits Mike McConnell to Warn Huntsville Chamber Members of the Growing Threats to Cyber Security
•Sirote Attorney Joe Ritch Sworn in as Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Board Member
•Sirote Attorney Joe Ritch Receives Senate Confirmation for Key Administration Post
•Joe Ritch Discusses the “Fiscal Cliff” and Alabama’s Economy
•Huntsville Recognized as Best Place for Veterans
•Sirote Attorney Joe Ritch Receives Presidential Nomination To Key Administration Post
•Joe Ritch Receives von Braun Memorial Community Service Award
•Joe Ritch Named a Redstone Arsenal 'Good Neighbor'
•Joe Ritch Featured in The Huntsville Times

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Government Contracts
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Financial Institutions
  • Municipal Finance & Public Sector

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
256-518-3600  Phone
256-518-3681  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 18248, Huntsville, AL 35801
University Attended:
University of Alabama in Huntsville, BA, 1972
Law School Attended:
New York University School of Law, LLM, Taxation, 1976; Cumberland School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1975; Cumberland Law Review, Editor-in-Chief
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama; 1976, Alabama; 1976, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Claims Court


•Alabama State Bar
•Member, Committee to Redraft Alabama's Limited Partnership Act (1980-1982)
•American Bar Association
•Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
•National Associations of Bond Attorneys
•Sirote & Permutt, PC
•Co-chair, Privacy and Data Security Department (part of the Corporate and Securities Practice Group)
•Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
•Chair, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Committee
•Chair, Board of Directors (2014-2017)
•Member, Board of Directors (2013-2017)
•University of Alabama
•Member, Tax Clinic Committee (1981-1983)

Birth Information:
Selma, Alabama, October 2, 1951

Peer Reviews

  • 4.4/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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