Rich's Profile

Rich guides Fortune 500 companies, other public and privately-held companies, commercial banks, and investors in all types of real estate matters in markets throughout the United States. As a Shareholder in Maynard Cooper’s Real Estate Practice Group, Rich has significant experience in the acquisition, disposition, and development space and in all matters in between. His national practice has a particular focus on negotiating leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants across all asset classes.

Rich’s high-volume practice is anchored by multi-year, multi-deal relationships with his clients. His skills and experience have earned him recognition as a “Rising Star” in Real Estate by Super Lawyers and by the Birmingham Business Journal. Rich is also a published author and lecturer in the area of commercial real estate.

Rich joined Maynard Cooper in 2014 and was elected to become a Shareholder of the Firm in January 2022. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Hampden-Sydney College, where he was a three-year Captain of the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team and was selected as the Conference Rookie Player of the Year as a Freshman and the Conference Player of the Year as a Senior. Rich received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was an editor of and published in the Georgia Law Review.

"Rich was easily accessible and ready to dive into the matter of the moment.  No matter what the issue was, I could count on him to provide excellent legal advice and solid counsel. He was an invaluable part of the overall team, and I am honored to have worked with him." – Client Testimonial

Rich's Experience

  • Represent Regions Bank in the disposition, acquisition, development, and leasing of bank facilities and office towers, including the $60MM sale and partial leaseback of a 140,000 square foot office tower in Miami, Florida
  • Represent Boise Cascade in the acquisition and management of its nationwide industrial property portfolio
  • Represent investor in the acquisition of dialysis clinics located throughout the United States
  • Represented MainStreet Family Care in the development of urgent care clinics throughout the Southeast
  • Represented one of the country’s largest residential home builders-developers in various portfolio acquisitions in Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
  • Represented major for-profit education company in various lease transactions and operational issues associated with approximately 75 campuses nationwide

Rich's Accolades

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Real Estate Law (2020-present)
  • 2018 Rising Stars in Real Estate, Birmingham Business Journal

Rich's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Civic Affiliations
  • Freshwater Land Trust, Junior Board, Executive Committee
Professional Affiliations
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Birmingham Bar Association

Admissions

State Bar: Alabama

U.S. District Court: Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern)

U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Alabama (Northern, Middle, Southern)

Education
  • University of Georgia School of Law
    • (2014, J.D., cum laude; Georgia Law Review, Notes Editor)

  • Hampden-Sydney College
    • (2011, B.A., magna cum laude)

Clerkships

Intern for the Honorable Steve C Jones
United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Intern for the Honorable J. Randal Hall
United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia


Monday, January 3, 2022

Maynard Cooper & Gale Elevates Ten Attorneys to Shareholder

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (January 3, 2022) — Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard) is pleased to announce the promotion of ten attorneys to shareholder, effective January 1, 2022. The Firm’s new shareholders include Alina Arbuthnot, Caroleene Dobson, Baker Findley, Charles Fleischmann, Mitchell Greggs, Josh Hess, Brandt Hill, Brannon Parker, Rich Pugh, and...

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Friday, August 10, 2018

RICH PUGH SELECTED AS ONE OF BIRMINGHAM BUSINESS JOURNAL'S RISING STARS OF REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION

Friday, August 10, 2018 Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper & Gale congratulates Rich Pugh on his selection to the Birmingham Business Journal’s Rising Stars of Real Estate and Construction. The annual accolade honors the achievements of Birmingham-area professionals who are 30 years old or younger for their impact on their companies...

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