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Sirote Attorney Barry Ragsdale proudly presented the Edward M. Friend Jr. Award during the Moot Court Awards Ceremony at the University of Alabama School of Law on March 28, 2018.

March 29, 2018

Sirote Attorney Barry Ragsdale proudly presented the Edward M. Friend, Jr. Award to the Protective Life ABA National Appellate Advocacy Team during the Moot Court Awards Ceremony at the University of Alabama School of Law, following the final round of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition on March 28, 2018.

Ragsdale noted how “General Edward M. Friend graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1935. After a distinguished and highly decorated service in World War II, General Friend co-founded the law firm now known as Sirote & Permutt. General Friend was a prominent community leader and enthusiastic supporter of this law school, having served as President of the Law School Foundation and Chair of the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet.”

Click here to view photo taken of the following: (from left to right) Sloane Bell, Amber Hall, Nikki Skolnekovich, Jessica Pagano, Mary Caroline Wynn, Caroline Stephens, Sirote Attorney Barry Ragsdale, Professor and Team Coach Carol Andrews, and Protective Life Insurance representative Nathan Smart.

Sirote & Permutt has long supported the Moot Court program by sponsoring the Edward M. Friend, Jr. Award. This award consists of a permanent plaque listing past recipients that hangs in the Moot Court Foyer, as well as individual plaques, presented to the Protective Life ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court team members.

Ragsdale is a civil trial and appellate lawyer with Sirote & Permutt, P.C., working in the firm’s Birmingham office. After growing up in Huntsville, Barry attended the University of Central Florida before receiving his B.A. and J.D. degrees with honors from the University of Alabama. While in law school, Mr. Ragsdale was an editor of the Alabama Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court Team.  He has spent the past thirty-three years representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex business litigation, including antitrust, shareholder disputes, business fraud, trust and estate matters, and class actions. He is currently serving as Plaintiffs Liaison Counsel for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, and he has successfully represented on a pro bono basis the only death row inmate to have her death sentence commuted by an Alabama Governor in more than sixty years. He has also held numerous leadership positions in the Birmingham and Alabama State Bar Associations and is a frequent lecturer on appellate practice, complex litigation, class actions, and professional ethics.

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