Barry Ragsdale

, Shareholder

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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.

Awards & Accreditations

  • Best Lawyers in America©
  • Alabama Super Lawyers 
  • BV-Distinguished, Martindale- Hubbell® Peer Review Rating


  • The Best Lawyers in America©
    • Appellate Practice, 2014-16
    • Commercial Litigation, 2016
  • Best Lawyers® 2015 Appellate Practice  "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, 2010-15
  • BV-Distinguished, Martindale- Hubbell® Peer Review Rating
  • Birmingham Magazine "Top Attorney," Appellate, 2009


  • 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 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

  • Alabama Law Review
  • National Moot Court Team

University of Alabama

BA, cum laude, 1983

  • 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

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