Richard serves as Counsel in the firm's Health Care Section with a focus in representing a variety of health care providers, from the largest health care systems to individual providers.


Richard regularly advises health care providers on the entire array of related legal issues confronting them. Richard plays an active role in drafting and responding to health legislation that affects health care and senior housing providers. Among some of the legislation he has authored or helped author are the Regional Care Organization Act, the Integrated Care Network Act, amendments to The Alabama Natural Death Act, amendments to The Certificate of Need Act, amendments to The Health Care Authority Act, amendments to the Durable Power of Attorney Act, amendments to the Adult Protection Services Act, amendments to various portions of the Health Care Facilities Licensing Act, amendments to the Medicaid Funding Initiatives and amendments to the Medical Liability Act.

Richard also represents both regional and national lenders and mortgage servicers that lend to the nursing home and senior housing industry. This representation involves mortgage loans in over forty states. Before coming to the practice of law, Richard owned and operated an acute care hospital and a number of nursing homes. He continues to be part of an ownership group with facilities in two states is still active in the senior housing industry. He is the former President on the Executive Board of the Alabama Nursing Home Association where he served four terms in 1981-82, and 2010, 2013 and 2015. Richard is part of a group that formed SeniorSelect Partners, and its subsidiaries, Simpra Advantage and Alabama Select Network. Simpra began operation on January 1, 208, as a licensed Alabama based Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plan covering certain Medicare enrolled beneficiaries who are either nursing home eligible or are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Alabama Select Network (ASN) began operation on October 1, 2028, as the single statewide Medicaid integrated care network (ICN) providing primary care case management for Medicaid beneficiaries eligible for long term care in Alabama's nursing homes or the Medicaid elderly and disabled and transitional care waiver forms. Beginning as of October 1, 2023, ASN was re-awarded its second ICN contract term of up to 5-additional years. Richard is on the board and serves as chair of each of these entities.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Health Care Association and formerly was on the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board of the Jefferson County Health System. From 1978 to 1984, Richard served on Alabama’s Statewide Health Coordinating Council, and for many years served on the Advisory Board of the National Investment Center for Senior Housing.

Richard is also active in the community, serving on the Boards and Committees of a number of local charities. From 1984 to 1986, he served as a member of the Editorial Staff of The American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Named, Chambers USA, Health Care (2005-2024)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Health Care Law since 2003, Corporate Law since 2022, Mergers and Acquisition Law since 2023, Litigation - Health Care (2024)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Health Care (2008-2021)
  • Birmingham Business Journal's "Best of the Bar"
  • American Health Care Association, Legal Committee & Reimbursement Committee (2 Year Term)
  • Alabama State Advisory Council, Palliative Care and Quality of Life
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent© Peer Review Rating


Speaking Engagements


Professional & Community

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association


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