Rhett Owens is a Partner in the firm's Birmingham office. Before joining HBS, Mr. Owens worked for 8 years as a litigator with Burr & Forman, LLP. His practice focuses on the representation of clients in a variety of professional liability cases, including medical malpractice and elder care abuse and regulatory non-compliance cases, and he recently published an article on the subject, "A Right to Refuse: The Legalities of a Pregnant Patient's Refusal of Medical Treatment," in the Alabama Lawyer, which has a circulation of almost 18,000 subscribers. Mr. Owens also has significant experience in representing governmental clients in cases involving alleged constitutional violations, and in representing clients in securities-related litigation, including FINRA arbitration actions. Mr. Owens has served as second chair in two federal jury trials and three FINRA arbitration actions, and has served as lead counsel on countless cases, appearing before state and federal courts in Alabama on a litany of pretrial issues, including a significant number of cases involving requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, primarily in the context of allegations regarding the theft of trade secrets and the violation of non-competition agreements.
In 2012, Mr. Owens was recognized as a "Rising Star" of the Birmingham Bar by B-Metro Magazine, and in 2013 and 2015 was named an Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star. More recently, Mr. Owens has been recognized as a 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Outside of his practice, Mr. Owens enjoys spending time with his wife, Gunter, and their two children, Helen and Charlie. He also enjoys playing golf, reading, and working on his house and yard. He and his family are active in their Church, the Cathedral Church of the Advent, and in its small group and homeless outreach programs.
Mr. Owens has extensive experience in all aspects of securities-related litigation and is preparing for implementation of new rules issued by the Department of Labor which change the standard applicable to broker-dealers who provide advice relative to IRA and 401(k) investments from a suitability standard to a fiduciary standard.
J.D., Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, cum laude, 2008
B.A., Political Science/English, Hampden-Sydney College, magna cum laude, 2004
U.S. District Court - Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court - Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court - Southern District of Alabama
"You Have How Many Emails?": A Practical Approach to Responding To Requests for the Production of Electronically Stored Information, Bloomberg BNA, June 2012
The Truth About Variable Annuities, Law360, 2015
Notes from SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s Speech at SEC Speaks 2015, blog post, March 2015
Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2017
Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star Business Litigation, 2013, 2015
B-Metro's "Rising Stars" of the Birmingham Bar Association, 2012
Alabama Society of Health Care Risk Management, Board of Directors