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Richard M. Gaal

Richard M. Gaal

McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge
11 North Water Street, 13th Floor
Battle House Tower
Post Office Box 350 (36601)
Mobile, Alabama 36602

Phone: (251) 432-5300
Fax: (251) 432-5303

EMAIL

rgaal@mcdowellknight.com

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PROFESSIONAL AWARDS, HONORS, AND DISTINCTIONS


  • Alabama Super Lawyer for 2014-2017 and Rising Star for 2011 in the areas of:
  • Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury Defense: Products Liability
  • Future Star in business litigation for 2009 - 2017 by Benchmark Litigation, a guide to America's leading business litigation firms and attorneys.
  • Graduate of 2009 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum.
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”) Trial Academy Graduate, Stanford Law School, 2004

EDUCATION


  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1997, summa cum laude
  • Writing Editor, Cumberland Law Review
  • Member, Curia Honoris
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1993

AREAS OF PRACTICE



Richard M. Gaal

In twenty years of practice, Mr. Gaal has handled a variety of complex bankruptcy, business, and commercial litigation cases, as well as class action defense and products liability cases. Among this history of diverse cases are significant Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases representing creditors and debtors-in-possession, as well as representing Chapter 7 trustees, including in one of the largest Chapter 7 cases ever filed in Federal Bankruptcy Court in Alabama by publicly traded entities and affiliates.

Over the years, Mr. Gaal has successfully tried numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal court, handled class certification hearings, and argued hundreds of contested matters and adversary proceedings in federal bankruptcy courts in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Mr. Gaal is admitted to practice in Alabama and Florida and regularly practices in these states and is regularly admitted pro hac vice in other jurisdictions.

Mr. Gaal approaches each case dedicated to providing the type of service he would expect as a client: good judgment, hard work, an excellent work product, practical use of all client resources, and consistent communication.

He and his wife, Terri, are parents to three sons. Mr. Gaal enjoys traveling with his family and playing golf, fishing, and hunting with his three boys.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation
    • Co-Chair, Mass Torts Committee 2015 to present
    • Co-Chair, Products Liability Committee 2012 to 2015
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • Active Member
  • The Defense Research Institute, Inc.
    • Active Member and Contributing Author
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
    • Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Section, 2002 – 2004
  • Mobile Bar Association
    • Member
  • Alabama State Bar
    • Member of the Disciplinary Rules Committee, 2009 to present
  • Alabama State Bar
    • Member Since 1997
  • Florida Bar
    • Member Since 2009
CIVIC AND CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
  • University of Mobile
    • Member of Board of Trustees, January 1, 2013 to present
    • Chairman of the Academic, Student Life, and Enrollment Committee, 2016-2017
    • Member of the Presidential Search Committee, 2015-2016
  • McKemie Place Homeless Shelter for Women
    • President, 2015-2016
    • Board Member, 2010-2016
  • Reese’s Senior Bowl
    • Committee Member, August 14, 2013 to present
  • Mobile Touchdown Club
    • President, 2016-2017
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal School
    • Chancellor, June 1, 2002 to July 1, 2016
  • Spring Hill Baptist Church
    • Chairman of the Deacons, 2016
PUBLISHED WORKS
  • Sequestration of Witnesses – A Case Study, ABA Pre-Trial Practice and Discovery Newsletter (Fall 2005)

  • Early Dismissal of Price Discrimination Cases Under the Robinson-Patman Act, For the Defense (October 2004)

  • Developing Good Trial Skills, Tips for Young Trial Lawyers, ANA Product Liability Committee Newsletter (Summer 2004)

  • Reliance, More Than a Procedural Stepping-Stone in Interest-Sensitive Life Insurance Class Actions, 74 Tulane Law Review 2113 (2000)

  • Comment, Equitable Tolling of Internal Revenue Code Section 6511, 27 Cumberland Law Review 296 (1997)

SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS
  • Moderator, ABA Section of Litigation Joint Annual Meeting, Snowmass, Colorado, January 29-31, 2015, “Trial Tips for Young Lawyers: Trying Your First Case.”
  • Speaker, ABA Section of Litigation Joint Annual Meeting, Steamboat, Colorado, January 29-31, 2013, “Products Liability Committee Breakout Session, 2012 Year-in-Review.”
  • Moderator & Speaker, ABA Section of Litigation Joint Annual Meeting, Snowmass, Colorado, January 11, 2008, “Products Liability Committee Breakout Session, 2007 Year-in-Review.”
  • Speaker, ABA Newsletter & Web Editors Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, September 29, 2006, “Developing Content for Newsletters.”
  • Speaker, Civil Litigation Update, Sponsored by Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, December 6, 2005, “New Concerns in Pre-Trial Discovery.”
  • Speaker, Civil Litigation Update, Sponsored by Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, December 10, 2004, “ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility on Mediation & Settlement Negotiations: Potential New Rules of the Game.”
  • Chair, Civil Litigation Update, Sponsored by Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, December 18, 2003