A. Philip Reich II
Alabama Civil, Domestic & Appellate Mediator
Upon graduating from the University of Alabama School of Law, Philip joined a small firm and engaged in the practice of law for 15 years with a focus on litigation before being elected as Presiding Circuit Judge in Lawrence County, Alabama in 1988. He served as Presiding Circuit Judge for 20 years, during which time he was elected as a member of the Alabama Circuit Judges Association Board of Directors and served as President of the Alabama Circuit Judges Association. As a Presiding Circuit Judge, Philip presided over more than 25,000 cases including over 500 jury trials.
Upon retiring from the bench in 2009, Philip began practicing as a registered mediator with the State of Alabama. He has since mediated civil, domestic and appellate cases, involving partnerships, corporations, construction claims, real estate disputes, estate and will contests, products liability, personal injury, workers' compensation, original divorce actions, petitions for modifications, and contempt.
Philip also worked for the Chancellor of The University of Alabama System from 2012 until 2016 as Executive Assistant, Director of Special Programs and Deputy General Counsel. He is presently serving as an adjunct professor in the University of Alabama Honors College and has previously served as a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.
EDUCATIONGraduate, National Judicial College's General Jurisdiction Course, University of Nevada (1988) J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (1974) B.S., Marketing, The University of Alabama (1970) *Over 80 hours of various civil, domestic and appellate mediation training
LICENSED INAlabama (1974)
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONSRegistered Mediator, State of Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution (2009-Present) Member, Alabama State Bar (1974-Present) President, Alabama Circuit Judges Association (2008-2009) Board of Directors, Alabama Circuit Judges Association (1998-2009) Chairman, Alabama Circuit Judges Association Annual Conference Committee (1998-2009) Judicial Inquiry Commission Alternate (2008) Graduate, National Judicial College, University of Nevada (1988) Executive Committee, Alabama State Bar (1984) Chairman, Disciplinary Panel I (1984) Bar Commissioner, Alabama State Bar (1981-1984) Disciplinary Panel I (1981-1984)
AWARDS & RECOGNITIOINCreated model Community Corrections program in the Lawrence County Criminal Justice System (2008-2009) Presided over the Lawrence County Drug Court, which was selected as a “Mentor Court” to train other judges and their staff in effective Drug Court operations (2008-2009) Presided over the Lawrence County Court System, which was selected as the launch site for the development of modelCommunity Corrections Program (2008-2009) Lawrence County Circuit Court was annually recognized for case currency and efficiency and was selected as most currentand cost-effective circuit in the state of Alabama (2006-2007)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENTAdjunct Professor, University of Alabama School of Law (2017-Present) Fundraising Campaign Chairman, UA Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity (2014-Present) Christ Episcopal Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (2010-Present), Vestry (2015), Clerk LEM President's Cabinet, University of Alabama (2010-Present) Instructor, University of Alabama Honors College (2010-Present) Vice Chair, Campaign Committee, United Way of West Alabama (2016) Community Lay Director, Alabama Emmaus Community (2012) Board of Directors, Alabama Emmaus Community (2010-2012), Chairman (2012) Sunday School Teacher, First United Methodist Church, Moulton, Alabama (1974-2008) Board of Directors, Lawrence County Healthcare System (2009-2012) Board of Directors, Hospice of the Valley (2009-2011) Chairman, Administrative Council & Lay Leader, First United Methodist Church Moulton (2004-2009) Board of Directors, Northwest Alabama Mental Health Association (1980-1988) Board of Directors, Northwest Alabama Center for the Developmentally Disabled (1980-1982) Board of Directors, Wheeler Basin Regional Public Library (1978-1982) Board of Directors, American Red Cross, Lawrence County Disaster Relief Committee (1976-1980) Board of Directors, Moulton/Lawrence County Public Parks & Recreation (1974-1982), Chairman (1978-1982)