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Richard M. Thayer
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Birmingham Attorney
Richard M. Thayer

Phone: 800.223.6159


Languages: English

Leadership: Chair of Transportation Practice Group

Richie Thayer is passionate about Christian & Small’s clients and their causes. That’s why he enjoys working on property, products and premises liability, commercial transportation and personal injury cases. He recalls representing a small business owner in a property dispute. He was able to prevent a larger operation from using the client’s property as a right-of-way. Richie says it’s easy to work hard when you’re passionate about the client’s cause.

At Christian & Small, Richie believes he has found a firm that offers superior work product without compromising on client service. He has had the opportunity to work on cases involving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), cranes and other heavy equipment, and automotive parts, in state and federal courts in Alabama and Mississippi.


  • Birmingham-Southern College, 1998, B.S. (Dean’s List)
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, 2003, J.D.

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI): Member
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association (ADLA): Member; 2009 ADLA Trial Academy Participant
  • Primerus Young Lawyers Section: Vice-Chair, Executive Committee
  • Transportation Lawyers Association: Member
  • Alabama State Bar: Member, Young Lawyers Division
  • Birmingham Bar Association: Member, Young Lawyers Division
  • American Bar Association (ABA): Member
  • 2010 IADC Trial Academy
  • Trinity United Methodist Church: Member, Lay Involvement Committee; Leader, Small Group Bible Studies

Publications and Presentations:

  • Could You Be Exposing Your Firm to Liability? The Erosion of the Protections Afforded to Attorneys Pursuant to the FDCPA, Stare Decisis: A Quarterly Publication of the Primerus Young Lawyers Section (July 2010).

Awards and Recognition:

  • Selected for inclusion in Alabama Super Lawyers® as a 2014 Rising Star in the field of general litigation


  • Mississippi, 2003
  • Alabama, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Mississippi

Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Construction
  • Creditor & Lender Rights
  • Insurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation

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Representative Experience:

  • Obtained $2.75M award in inverse condemnation action for large Alabama company.
  • Defended domestic crane manufacturer in wrongful death case involving claim of defective design. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client.
  • Defended commercial trucking companies, as well as Alabama state employees, in connection with motor vehicle accidents. Obtained summary judgment in favor of clients on numerous occasions.
  • Defended domestic hardware retailer against claims of products liability, premises liability and wrongful termination. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client.
  • Defended domestic manufacturer of telescoping booms and hydraulic lifts against claims of failure to warn and defective design.
  • Prosecuted civil action in connection with partnership dispute. Obtained substantial monetary award for client.

Reported Decisions:

  • Jinright v. Werner Enters., Inc., 607 F. Supp. 2d 1274 (Ala. 2009).
  • Ex parte Guar. Pest Control, Inc., 21 So. 3d 1222 (Ala. 2009).

Contact This Firm

Christian & Small LLP

Suite 1800, Financial Center
505 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States

Law Firm Contact: Duncan Y. Manley

Tel: 800.223.6159

Fax: 205.328.7234



Member Since: 2003

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