Richard Ogle attributed much of his successful legal career to a work ethic he developed as a teenager growing up in Birmingham. He came from a family of modest means, so Richard often held one or more part-time jobs to supplement the family’s income. “While I may not always be the brightest light on the porch, I can outwork almost anyone,” Richard said
Self-deprecating humor aside, Richard’s hard work served him well as primary counsel in a number of high-profile and first impression cases in the areas of fraudulent conveyance, third-party insurance bad faith and professional “divorces.” One of his proudest achievements was being elected president of the Birmingham Bar Association in 1990. He said that he enjoyed practicing law at Christian & Small because the firm values positive client outcomes above all else.
- Edwards v. Allied Home Mortgage, 962 So. 2d 194 (Ala. 2007). Obtained reversal of judgment against agent for broker relating to alleged improper handling of closing fees.
- Prince, et al. v. Poole, 935 So. 2d 431 (Ala. 2006). Obtained reversal of summary judgment against lawyer over dispute relating to plaintiffs claim of entitlement to portions of attorneys’ fees earned in a $35 million settlement. At present, obtained summary judgment for client against claimant. Case now on appeal.
- Aldridge v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 809 So. 2d 785 (Ala. 2001). Represented large number of employees who were induced to accept a “voluntary” termination of employment with a representation that when “things got better” they would be first hired. When “things got better” they were told they were ineligible to be rehired.
- Pierce v. Hand Arendall Bedsole, 678 So. 2d 765 (Ala. 1996). Represented partner in law firm who left firm and was denied his “deferred compensation” for “violating” the terms of the partnership agreement which precluded former partners from practicing in certain counties. Lost at trial, the Alabama Supreme Court reversed the decision.
- Carrier Express v. Home Indem. Co., 860 F. Supp. 1465 (N.D. Ala. 1994). Represented wholly-owned subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel in suit against insurance carrier for third-party bad faith refusal to settle claim for policy limits. Insured ultimately had to pay more than four times the coverage in order to settle the case. Important case concerning defense under a reservation of rights.
- Am. Family Care, Inc. v. Irwin, 571 So. 2d 1053 (Ala. 1990). Obtained judgment against company, the court ruled that certain stock “held” by individuals was in fact paid for by the company, imposing a constructive trust on the stock in favor of the company. With that verdict, client became a majority shareholder and regained control of the company.
- J.C. Jacobs Banking Co. v. Campbell, 406 So. 2d 834 (Ala. 1981). A fraudulent conveyance case. A circuit judge (Campbell) barely escaped death when a wealthy, disgruntled constituent hired a hitman to wire a bomb to the judge’s vehicle. Campbell lost both legs. After both the guilty party and the hitman were convicted, Campbell filed suit against the person who hired the hitman and obtained a $2 million judgment. He discovered during the pendency of that case that the defendant had disposed of virtually all of his extensive real estate holdings and filed suit to set aside the real estate transfers in the subject county; nine of the 12 conveyances were deemed fraudulent.
- Carrier Express v. Home Indem. Co., 860 F. Supp. 1465 (N.D. Ala. 1994).
- Am. Standard Credit, Inc. v. Nat’l. Cement Co., 643 F.2d 248 (5th Cir. 1981).
- Pierce v. Hand Arendall Bedsole, 678 So. 2d 765 (Ala. 1996).
- Am. Family Care, Inc. v. Irwin, 571 So. 2d 1053 (Ala. 1990).
- J.C. Jacobs Banking Co. v. Campbell, 406 So. 2d 834 (Ala. 1981).
- Robinson v. Boohaker, Schillaci & Co., P.C., 767 So. 2d 1092 (Ala. 2000).
- Aldridge v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 809 So.’2d 785 (Ala. 2001).
Professional and Community Involvement
- American Judicature Society: Board of Directors, 1988-1992
- Alabama Law Institute: Chairman, Committee on Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act
- Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Alabama Rules of Evidence: Member, 1988-1998
- University of Alabama School of Law Foundation: Member, Board of Directors, 1998-present
- Unites States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Panel of Neutrals
- American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): Member, 2001-present
- Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation
- Fellow, American Bar Foundation
- American Bar Association (ABA): Member, Litigation Section
- Birmingham Bar Association: President, 1990; President of Young Lawyers Section, 1977; Secretary/Treasurer, 1987; Executive Committee
- Birmingham Chamber of Commerce: Member, Taxation Committee and Sports Development Committee
- Birmingham Tip Off Club: Founder and President
- Children’s Dance Foundation: Director, 1989-1990
- Birmingham Police Athletic Teams: Director, 1989-1996
- Birmingham Downtown YMCA: Director, 1996-2004
Awards and Recognition
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 1995-2012 in the field of Commercial Litigation; 2012-2017 in the fields of “Bet-the-Company” Litigation and Mediation
- Selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers® 2008-2016 in the field of business litigation
- Recognized as a top attorney for business litigation in the March 2010 Alabama Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition
- Listed as a “2009 Top Attorney” in Birmingham Magazine for business litigation
- Outstanding Young Men of America, 1974
- Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1976
- Who’s Who in American Law, 1977