R. Rhett Owens

2001 Park Place North
Suite 870
Birmingham, AL 35203 

Rhett Owens is a partner in the firm’s office in Birmingham, Alabama. His practice focuses on professional liability, including medical malpractice, elder care abuse and regulatory non-compliance cases, though he also has significant experience in business litigation, governmental liability, and construction and transportation-related matters. Rhett also has significant experience in estate planning and administration.

Rhett has served as both first and second chair in numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitration actions, and has represented clients before state and federal courts in Alabama on a wide variety of pre-trial issues, including requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief in cases alleging trade secret theft, employee raiding and the enforcement of non-competition agreements.

Rhett has been recognized as a Rising Star in the Birmingham Bar by B-Metro Magazine and has been named both an Alabama and Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star. Rhett has served since 2017 on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Society of Healthcare Risk Managers (ALASHRM) and will serve as ALASHRM’s President in 2019. Rhett is also a published author, having most recently authored an article in the Alabama Lawyer entitled “A Right to Refuse: The Legalities of a Pregnant Patient’s Refusal of Medical Treatment.”

Rhett received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Political Science and English from Hampden-Sydney College.

Outside of his practice, Rhett enjoys spending time with his wife, Gunter, and their two children, Helen and Charlie. He and his family are active members of the Cathedral Church of the Advent, including its small group and homeless outreach programs.

EXPERIENCE

Rhett is an experienced litigator who represents skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the State of Alabama in both wrongful death and personal injury actions, and he has represented health care providers in high risk surgery and birth trauma medical malpractice actions. He represents business clients in both commercial and residential construction disputes, and defends transportation clients in personal injury and wrongful death actions arising from motor vehicle accidents. He also counsels financial institutions on various matters, including securities-related actions, allegations of trade secret misappropriation and employee raiding.

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

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

PUBLICATIONS

  • “UPDATE – HHS Proposes New Rule Affecting LGBTQ Patients,” Birmingham Medical News, April 2018.
  • “A Right to Refuse? The Legalities of a Pregnant Patient’s Refusal of Medical Treatment,” The Alabama Lawyer, July 2017.
  • “The Truth About Variable Annuities,” Law360, 2015.
  • “You Have How Many Emails?” A Practical Approach to Responding To Requests for the Production of Electronically Stored Information,” Bloomberg BNA, June 2012.

PRESENTATIONS

  • “A New (Maybe) Way to Handle HIPAA Orders in Alabama,” Alabama Society for Health Care Risk Managers, Spring 2019 Education Day (April 26, 2019)
  • “Your Best Defense: the Do’s and Don’ts of Assisting Your Counsel,” National Commission on Correctional Health Care Spring Conference (April 8, 2019)
  • “Emerging Legal Trends: Long Term Care Employees & Social Media,” Arthur J. Gallagher Fall Education Day (May 15, 2018)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alabama Society of Health Care Risk Management, Board of Directors (President-Elect for 2019)

Recognitions

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2018
  • Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013, 2015
  • B-Metro’s “Rising Stars” of the Birmingham Bar Association, 2012
In the 2019 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal
In the 2018 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal
ATLANTA – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has named eight new partners at its offices across the Southeast, bringing the total
Practice Specific Experience

Rhett Owens is a partner in the firm’s office in Birmingham, Alabama. His practice focuses on professional liability, including medical malpractice, elder care abuse and regulatory non-compliance cases, though he also has significant experience in business litigation, governmental liability, and construction and transportation-related matters. Rhett also has significant experience in estate planning and administration.

Rhett has served as both first and second chair in numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitration actions, and has represented clients before state and federal courts in Alabama on a wide variety of pre-trial issues, including requests for temporary restraining orders and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief in cases alleging trade secret theft, employee raiding and the enforcement of non-competition agreements.

Rhett has been recognized as a Rising Star in the Birmingham Bar by B-Metro Magazine and has been named both an Alabama and Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star. Rhett has served since 2017 on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Society of Healthcare Risk Managers (ALASHRM) and will serve as ALASHRM’s President in 2019. Rhett is also a published author, having most recently authored an article in the Alabama Lawyer entitled “A Right to Refuse: The Legalities of a Pregnant Patient’s Refusal of Medical Treatment.”

Rhett received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Political Science and English from Hampden-Sydney College.

Outside of his practice, Rhett enjoys spending time with his wife, Gunter, and their two children, Helen and Charlie. He and his family are active members of the Cathedral Church of the Advent, including its small group and homeless outreach programs.

EXPERIENCE

Rhett is an experienced litigator who represents skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the State of Alabama in both wrongful death and personal injury actions, and he has represented health care providers in high risk surgery and birth trauma medical malpractice actions. He represents business clients in both commercial and residential construction disputes, and defends transportation clients in personal injury and wrongful death actions arising from motor vehicle accidents. He also counsels financial institutions on various matters, including securities-related actions, allegations of trade secret misappropriation and employee raiding.

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

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

PUBLICATIONS

  • “UPDATE – HHS Proposes New Rule Affecting LGBTQ Patients,” Birmingham Medical News, April 2018.
  • “A Right to Refuse? The Legalities of a Pregnant Patient’s Refusal of Medical Treatment,” The Alabama Lawyer, July 2017.
  • “The Truth About Variable Annuities,” Law360, 2015.
  • “You Have How Many Emails?” A Practical Approach to Responding To Requests for the Production of Electronically Stored Information,” Bloomberg BNA, June 2012.

PRESENTATIONS

  • “A New (Maybe) Way to Handle HIPAA Orders in Alabama,” Alabama Society for Health Care Risk Managers, Spring 2019 Education Day (April 26, 2019)
  • “Your Best Defense: the Do’s and Don’ts of Assisting Your Counsel,” National Commission on Correctional Health Care Spring Conference (April 8, 2019)
  • “Emerging Legal Trends: Long Term Care Employees & Social Media,” Arthur J. Gallagher Fall Education Day (May 15, 2018)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Alabama Society of Health Care Risk Management, Board of Directors (President-Elect for 2019)

Recognitions

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2018
  • Alabama Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013, 2015
  • B-Metro’s “Rising Stars” of the Birmingham Bar Association, 2012
In the 2019 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal
In the 2018 edition of the Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has been recognized for its outstanding legal
ATLANTA – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that it has named eight new partners at its offices across the Southeast, bringing the total
Practice Specific Experience