Attorney - R. Rhett Owens

Attorney:

R. Rhett Owens
Attorney at Law
HBS Birmingham Office

P: 205-533-9652
E: ROwens@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

R. Rhett Owens is an associate in the Birmingham office of Hall Booth Smith.  From 2008 through 2016, Mr. Owens served as a litigation associate with Burr & Forman LLP, where his practice focused on the representation of corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of general litigation matters.  In particular, Mr. Owens has expertise in securities-related litigation, matters involving the preservation and production of electronically-stored information, estate administration and probate litigation, and matters involving allegations of trade secret protection and misappropriation and employee raiding, including seeking, and defending against requests for, temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief.  Mr. Owens also has extensive experience in representing governmental clients in cases involving alleged constitutional violations, including alleged violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.    
Mr. Owens received his J.D., cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College.  In law school, Mr. Owens served as President of the Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board, participated on the Cumberland National Moot Court team, and served as an Honor Court Justice.   
From 2008 through 2011, Mr. Owens was elected to the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association and, during this time, served for two years on the Board of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program.  In 2012, he was named 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 was named 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, playing golf, reading, and working on his house and in his yard.  He and his family are active in their church, the Cathedral Church of the Advent, and in its small group outreach program.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Mr. Owens’ broad experience encompasses all aspects of company v. company litigation, including trade secret protection and misappropriation, employee raiding, breach of contract, and tortious interference.

Education

J.D., Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, cum laude, 2008
B.A., Political Science/English, Hampden-Sydney College, magna cum laude, 2004

Admitted

Alabama, 2008
U.S. District Court - Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court - Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court - Southern District of Alabama

Publications

"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

Awards

Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016
Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star Business Litigation, 2013, 2015
B-Metro's "Rising Stars" of the Birmingham Bar Association, 2012