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Julie Pittman

Of Counsel

Julie began her career as a law clerk for the Alabama Supreme Court, then served for six years as senior internal counsel for three Justices, specializing in analysis of tort reform and consumer arbitration issues. Julie left her position with the Court to become Operations Counsel for the predecessor to CVS-Caremark, working directly with General Counsel to close M&A transactions totaling over $1.4 billion, dissolve a $3 billion physician management segment, and rebrand the company from provider systems management to prescribed benefits management. Julie then joined the commercial litigation practice group of a prominent Southeastern civil defense firm, focusing upon issues of corporate governance, regulatory compliance, employment policymaking, defense of Title VII claims (including class actions) and appellate advocacy.

Since joining Ryder Law, Julie has expanded her practice to specialize in corporate data protections in complex litigation and in response to regulatory audits and investigations. Julie regularly advises corporations, international law firms, and state Attorneys General in the areas of risk management and best practices in the preservation, collection, review, production, forensic analysis, and recovery of proprietary and sensitive data, and in the negotiation of electronic discovery protocols, protective orders, nondisclosure agreements, and other privacy protections.


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

Julie is also highly credentialed in the use of advanced electronic discovery systems (including machine learning) in litigation, and in the protection of corporate data privacy.

She holds certifications from the Association of E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) and United States Association of Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), as well as individual certifications in all major E-discovery platforms, including Relativity, Everlaw, Nextpoint, IPRO Eclipse, Lexbe, Indexed IO, and Reprise.

Educational Background

University of Alabama

  • Bachelor of Arts (English), magna cum laude, 1987
  • Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), magna cum laude, 1987
  • Dean’s List 1985-1987
  • Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society (Communications Studies)
  • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society (English studies)
  • Kappa Alpha Theta, Sorority Vice-President/Standards Director

University of Alabama School of Law

  • Graduating class: top 30%
  • The Journal of the Legal Profession, Contributing Articles Editor
  • Trial Advocacy Board
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Instructor, Alabama School of Communications (Media Law)


  • Alabama State Bar, admitted 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1990
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1995
  • United States Supreme Court, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2022


  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Association of E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS)
  • United States Association of Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)