Attorney - R. Rhett Owens


R. Rhett Owens
Attorney at Law
HBS Birmingham Office

P: 205-533-9652
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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.


Mr. Owens recently served as primary attorney in construction-related litigation on behalf of a client that claimed almost $400,000 in damages relating to its service as a general contractor on a federally funded, state administered sidewalk construction project.

Data Privacy and Security

Mr. Owens has experience in the discovery and production of electronically stored information ("ESI") and the development of litigation hold memoranda and ESI review and production procedures and protocols.

Fiduciary Litigation

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.

General Liability

Mr. Owens has wide-ranging experience in personal injury litigation, co-employee liability cases, and premises liability actions.


Mr. Owens has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending trucking accident-related claims.

Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Administration

Mr. Owens has experience in preparing estate planning documents, including wills, durable power of attorney, and health care directives, and in litigating estate administration matters.


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


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


"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
“A Right to Refuse? The Legalities of a Pregnant Patient’s Refusal of Medical Treatment,” The Alabama Lawyer, July 2017 


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