Richard D. Stratton

Of Counsel | Environmental

Rick Stratton joined the Beasley Allen Law Firm in May 2010 in its Toxic Torts Section. He has more than 30 years of legal experience devoted entirely to civil litigation practice in state and federal courts in Alabama and the South.  He has experience in a broad range of litigation, including products liability, medical negligence, bad-faith insurance, workplace safety, environmental, toxic torts, civil rights, commercial and vaccine claims.

Notable Cases

Since joining Beasley Allen, Rick has focused his practice on the BP Oil Spill litigation. He represented the State of Alabama in its Natural Resource Damage Claims arising from the BP Oil Spill, which were resolved as part of the $18.5 billion agreement to settle federal, state and local government claims in 2015. Rick also was appointed as Alabama Deputy Attorney General and represented the governor of Alabama in litigation to recover economic damages which contributed to the state of Alabama’s recovery of more than a billion dollars.

Rick's appellate experience includes appeals before numerous state and federal appellate courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. His legal work has earned him an AV Preeminent Rating from his peers.


Rick earned his J.D. from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, where he was a member of the Cumberland Law Review and the National Mock Trial Team. Following law school graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Oscar W. Adams, associate justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Community Involvement

Rick is active with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham and is a frequent Continuing Legal Education lecturer. He is married to Sharon Wall Stratton, has two grown children and three grandchildren.

  • Alabama State Bar 1986
  • Florida State Bar 1985
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Amicus Curie Committee, Alabama Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors of Alabama Association for Justice
  • Executive Committee, Alabama Association for Justice
  • Public Justice
  • Alabama Public Justice Foundation 
  • AV Rated

  • Samford University's Cumberland School of Law (J.D. 1985)
  • University of Florida (B.A. 1980)

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