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Richard E. Davis


Richard E. Davis

Richard E. Davis


100 Brookwood Place
7th Floor
Birmingham, AL 35209

Richard represents clients in federal and state court civil and criminal trials and appeals and in investigations and enforcement actions involving federal and state regulatory, law enforcement, and professional licensing agencies. Richard also develops corporate compliance plans for clients, and he has substantial experience in drafting legislation and in public policy analysis.


Professional Recognition

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary
  • Vice Chair of the International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (“IINREEL”), which is a practice institute of the Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”)
  • Top Leading Litigator by Chambers USA
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®. In addition, Best Lawyers in America® has named Richard Davis the “Birmingham Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 and 2019
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2018 Top Attorney for White Collar Defense and Energy/Environmental Litigation by Birmingham Magazine
  • Chair, Birmingham Bar Association Federal Practice Section (2015-2016)
  • Chair, Alabama State Bar Environmental Law Section (2010-2011)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Cumberland Law Review (1988-1989)

Community Involvement

  • Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Volunteer, Northern District of Alabama Pro Bono Counsel for Unrepresented Indigent Parties in Civil Cases


  • Representing healthcare providers in DEA investigation
  • Defending Clean Water Act citizen suit against landowner for alleged unpermitted discharges into Black Warrior River from mine site released from bond decades ago after reclamation
  • Representing physician in conjunction with Justice Department False Claims Act Civil Investigative Demand
  • Defending water and wastewater operations and management company against fraud and breach of contract claims related to a decentralized cluster wastewater management system
  • Representing corporate officer in joint investigation of company accounting practices by the Department of Justice, Securities Exchange Commission, and Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Defending municipality in stormwater flooding case brought by 12 plaintiffs
  • Advised physician practice in conjunction with Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) audit regarding possible healthcare fraud and abuse
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Presentations and Publications

  • “Surprise! You May Be an Environmental Criminal:  Recognizing the Quagmire as a Prerequisite to Managing Risk, Manufacture Alabama Environmental Conference (November 16, 2016, Millbrook, Alabama)(presentation)
  • “Working with Environmental Experts in Litigation, Regulation, and Transactions,” 25th Annual Southern Environmental Law & Regulation Conference (June 10, 2016, Destin, Florida)(presentation)
  • “Healthcare Audits and Investigations as Pathways to Criminal and Civil Liabilities for Providers,” Etowah County Medical Group Management Association (October 20, 2015, Gadsden, Alabama)(presentation)
  • “Strategic Legal Risk Management—Contingency Planning to Avoid or Mitigate Legal Crises,”  Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (August 13, 2015, Mobile, Alabama and August 31, 2015, Huntsville, Alabama) (presentations)
  • “Investigations—Internal and Governmental,” Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (August 13, 2015, Mobile, Alabama and August 31, 2015, Huntsville, Alabama) (presentations)
  • “What Accountants Should Know About White Collar Crime,” Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (August 13, 2015, Mobile, Alabama and August 31, 2015, Huntsville, Alabama) (presentations)

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