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Barry A. Ragsdale

Tel: 205-930-5114
Fax: 205-212-2932
Tysha Valrie

Barry is a litigator in our Birmingham office. He recently returned to Sirote, where he began his legal career, after spending the last 15 years representing defendants and plaintiffs in anti-trust, securities, insurance and business fraud cases. He also handles matters involving products liability, shareholder, and other complex litigation and class actions. Barry represents clients in state and federal courts.

  • Admitted to practice
    • US Supreme Court
    • US Court of Appeals for the First 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
  • Birmingham Magazine "Top Attorney," Appellate, 2009
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Business Litigation
  • Birmingham Bar Association
    • Judicial Liaison Committee, former member 
  • Alabama State Bar 
    • Board of Bar Examiners
    • Business Torts and Antitrust Section, chairman


  • University of Alabama School of Law
    JD, magna cum laude, 1985
  • University of Alabama
    BA, cum laude, 1983

Additional Accolades

University of Alabama School of Law

  • Alabama Law Review
  • National Moot Court Team



  • 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's Cooper, Hutchins and Ragsdale Designated "Lawyers of the Year" for 2015 - 10/20/2014

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Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Thomas A. Woodall Appointed by Sirote & Permutt to Head its Mediation and Arbitration Practice Group - 9/23/2014

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Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2015 - 8/19/2014

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Sirote & Permutt's Neal and Ragsdale Receive Alabama State Bar President’s Award - 7/25/2014

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Sirote & Permutt Attorney Barry Ragsdale to Speak at Alabama Association of Matrimonial Lawyers Seminar - 11/25/2013

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2014 - 8/16/2013

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Sirote & Permutt Announces 30 Attorneys Selected as Alabama Super Lawyers 2013 - 6/14/2013

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Sirote Attorney Barry Ragsdale to Play Major Role in National Anti-Trust Suit Against Blue Cross Blue Shield - 3/5/2013

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Supreme Court Justice Tom Woodall Joins Sirote & Permutt's Appellate Practice Group - 2/6/2013

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Barry Ragsdale to Speak at the "Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute" - 2/4/2013

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Sirote's Barry Ragsdale Keynote Speaker for Alabama Probate Judges Association - 1/31/2013

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Barry Ragsdale Writes about Justice Tom Woodall's Retirement - 11/13/2012

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Mullins, Wright and Ragsdale to Speak at ABA Fall Trust Conference - 9/27/2011

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Sirote & Permutt Announces 28 Attorneys Selected As Alabama Super Lawyers 2014 - 4/28/2014

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Sirote's Barry Ragsdale to Present Mock Argument on Historical Birmingham Civil Rights Case - 3/17/2014

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Birmingham Magazine Recognizes 17 From Sirote As Top Attorneys - 3/10/2009

Birmingham law firm, Sirote & Permutt, is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys from the firm were selected by their peers for inclusion in the list of “Top Attorneys” published in Birmingham Magazine. Read More

Sirote's Ragsdale Selected as Keynote Speaker at Birmingham Bar Association Bench & Bar Retreat - 2/9/2009

Sirote & Permutt attorney Barry Ragsdale will present the keynote address at the 2009 Birmingham Bar Association Bench and Bar Retreat. The event will be held Feb. 20-21, 2009, at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill. Read More

Sirote Attorney Selected as Speaker for Alabama Federal Judge Biannual Meeting - 1/28/2009

Barry Ragsdale, an attorney with the law firm of Sirote & Permutt, has received an invitation to appear as the featured luncheon speaker before the Alabama federal judges’ bi-annual retreat. Read More

Sirote & Permutt Adds Five Attorneys in Litigation, Tax, Mediation and Family Law - 6/16/2008

Alabama law firm Sirote & Permutt, P.C. announces the addition of Barry Ragsdale, Rebecca Redmond, Greg Rhodes, Allison Skinner, and Steve Tandet to its professional staff in the firm’s Birmingham office. Read More