John Richard Carrigan

Of Counsel  || Birmingham

Richard Carrigan is an enthusiastic litigator in state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies. He tries jury and bench trials in federal districts throughout Alabama, and in the Northern District of Florida as well as state courts from Mobile to Huntsville, from Fayette to Dothan, and many other venues. Richard has tried matters before administrative law judges of the NLRB and the US Department of Labor, and has argued federal appeals to the Fifth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit. Matters defended include a range of disputes from simple misunderstandings, to sharply contradictory versions of an event, to disparate impact or “pattern and practice” claims affecting thousands of employees, to malicious and fraudulent attacks.

Richard has presented and cross-examined experts including economists, statisticians, psychologists, psychiatrists, Harvard historians, accountants, industrial hygienists, safety specialists, and medical professionals.  On one memorable occasion, Richard deposed Clarence Thomas, then head of the EEOC, now a Justice of the United States Supreme Court; about a complaint that Justice Thomas had authorized against universities in Alabama; the complaint was subsequently dismissed by the Eleventh Circuit.

Richard’s experience is particularly valuable in giving practical advice to avoid litigation and to prepare to succeed if litigation ensues. Richard advises employers in matters across the labor and employment law spectrum. That representation includes construction contractors, utilities, retailers, manufacturers, information technology companies, educational institutions, health care providers, nuclear plant operators and rocket scientists.

Assessing settlement realistically depends upon knowing the law, the courts, opposing counsel, and the client’s business and its people. Intense and varied litigation experience enables Richard to analyze lawsuits strategically, and to direct resources to reach efficient resolutions, whether prompt disposition or fierce defense of the client’s interest.

Active in bar association activities, Richard served as Chair of the Alabama State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section, Chair of the State Labor and Employment Law Developments Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the ABA, and Vice Chair of the Employer-Employee Relations Committee of the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section. Richard regularly speaks on labor and employment law issues, and testified before the Alabama legislature to oppose changes in the state’s Right to Work Law.

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Professional Activities

  • Alabama State Bar (Labor and Employment Section)
  • The Florida Bar (Labor and Employment Section)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section; former Chair of the State Labor and Employment Law Developments Committee)
  • Birmingham Business Alliance (Board of Trustees)