Butler Snow attorney Orlando R. (Rod) Richmond, Sr. has been recognized as one of Benchmark Litigation’s 2024 Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America. Richmond has been named among the top 100 each year since 2019. This elite selection consists of attorneys who have been venerated by peers and clients as being the best in the field at the nuanced practice of trial law, with this acclaim supported by representative work (public or confidential) to exemplify this status. We congratulate Rod on this considerable achievement!
Richmond is a member of Butler Snow’s Executive Committee and a part of the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Group. With over 30 years of experience, he served as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous jury trials in state, federal and military venues. For the past several years, Richmond has focused primarily on mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical products, toxic torts and environmental issues—often controversial cases with challenging venues. Richmond also defends Attorneys General consumer protection litigation for clients in a variety of industries. He has tried over 60 cases to verdict and handled numerous administrative proceedings.
Richmond is known for his courtroom presence, calm demeanor at trial and oral advocacy skills and, accordingly, has amassed significant accolades. AmLaw’s The Litigation Daily profiled him as its Litigator of the Week, May 11, 2018 for his work in helping to achieve a defense verdict in a bellwether product liability trial, and Law360 featured him as one of its 2016 Trial Pros. He has also been recognized by a variety of other publications, including Chambers USA (Product Liability & Mass Torts – Nationwide), Best Lawyers in America® (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), Super Lawyers® (Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense), Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defense, Lawdragon (the Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America) and Martindale-Hubbell® (AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating).
Richmond is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Mississippi Bar Foundation, and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, The Mississippi Bar, the Magnolia Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Capital Area Bar Association.
He received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Jackson State University and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.