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Richard A. Rhea


Location: Gadsden, Alabama
Fax: 256-549-0271
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A former member of the Alabama Army National Guard (Captain, Armor) and a Desert Shield veteran, Richard represents veterans in claims for service-connected disability before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This includes representation  before the Regional Office, The Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) and the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Representation includes claims for PTSD, Agent Orange and Service-connected physical and mental health claims. In addition, he practices in the areas of Bankruptcy Law and Social Security.

Richard is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the Alabama School of Law. Richard is active in the Quarterback Club of Gadsden, and with the Boy Scouts of America and the American Red Cross. Richard and his wife Debra have five children. They attend the First United Methodist Church of Attalla, Alabama.

Areas of Practice

  • Veterans Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Social Security
  • Probate
  • Municipal

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 1999


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • B.A. - 1984

Representative Clients

  • City of Attalla, Alabama
  • Highland Water Authority
  • Town of Steele, Alabama
  • City of Southside, Alabama
  • City of Jacksonville, Alabama

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • National Association of Veteran Advocates

Pro Bono Activities

  • Participant: Volunteer Lawyer Program, Alabama State Bar


  • Lambda Chi Alpha