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Brad Ryder

Brad has been in private practice since 1992. He has successfully tried, as lead counsel, over 100 cases, both jury and non-jury, in federal and state court. He has also handled appeals in both state and federal court.

Brad regularly advises and represents business owners, professionals, executives, and employees with issues involving employment law, contracts, insurance coverage, and a variety of personal matters.

Brad’s experience includes investigating, negotiating, and litigating matters involving federal and state employment laws. He has litigated claims under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, and WARN Act. Brad also assists companies in drafting and negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and non-compete agreements. Since early 2020, Brad has also advised employers as to their obligations due to COVID-19.

Brad lives in Huntsville and enjoys running, being outdoors, community theatre, creative writing, and carpentry.

Brad Ryder


Brad is admitted to practice in all courts in Alabama, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Brad is one of only 2 attorneys in Huntsville who is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Advocate. To obtain this designation, Brad had to complete a comprehensive written examination, be reviewed by attorneys and judges before whom he has tried cases, and provide proof of his trial experience.

Brad has obtained an AV rating (highest available) with Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s oldest and most well-respected attorney directory. He is also a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.

Educational Background

University of Alabama in Huntsville

  • Bachelor of Science (with honors), 1989
  • Dean’s List
  • President’s List

Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

  • Jurisprudence Doctorate (with honors), 1992
  • Graduating class rank 13 of 200 (3.486 / 4.000)
  • Casenote Editor, Cumberland Law Review
  • Cordell Hull Legal Research and Writing Instructor
  • Dean’s Scholarship (full tuition, academic scholarship)
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law
  • Curia Honoris (academic honor society)
  • Dean’s List


  • Alabama, 1992
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1995
  • United States Supreme Court, 1997


  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV rating (highest available)
  • Graduate, Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, 2014
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Alabama Civil Justice Foundation
  • Huntsville Bar Association
  • Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program