Ferris S. Ritchey III, JD

Dempsey Steed

Montgomery, Alabama 36101


Bankruptcy, Business, Child Custody, Civil, Contract, Divorce, Family, Workers Compensation

Position: Partner

Ferris Ritchey emphasizes his practice in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, family law, estate planning and probate law. Mr. Ritchey is admitted to practice in Alabama in both State and Federal Courts and is a member of the Alabama and Birmingham Bar Associations. Mr. Ritchey received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alabama in 1981 and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 1984.


Mr. Ritchey has the following certifications:  Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution; Mediation and Domestic Mediation Training; and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training Birmingham Collaborative Alliance.  He h


Mr. Ritchey has been a very active member in the legal community where he has served as President of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. He also served as President, Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, President, Homewood Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee - Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, Executive Committee - Birmingham Bar Association and Birmingham Bar Foundation - 2012 Member of Birmingham Bar Foundation’s Inaugural Fellows Class - Leadership Shelby County Class of 2011.


Prior to Dempsey, Steed, Stewart, Ritchey & Gaché, LLP, Mr. Ritchey’s legal experience included private practice with Ritchey & Ritchey, PA from 1984 until 2005. Mr. Ritchey was born in Birmingham, Alabama and is currently married with one child and has also been an active participant in youth sports programs, his local church and other civic endeavors.





UniversityofAlabama(B.S., 1981)

CumberlandSchoolof Law (J.D., 1984)




 AlabamaCenterfor Dispute Resolution

Mediation and Domestic Mediation Training

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Training BirminghamCollaborative Alliance


Community and Professional Service


Offices Held


1992 President,HomewoodChamber of Commerce

1993 President,BirminghamBar Association Young Lawyers Section

2008 President,BirminghamBar Foundation (Charitable Arm of the Bar Association)

2012 President,ShelbyCountyFamilyResourceCenter



Professional Organizations


Alabama State Bar

BirminghamBar Association

American Bar Association

2001-2002 Executive Committee - Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar

2002-2004 Executive Committee -BirminghamBar Association

2005-2009 Executive Committee -BirminghamBar Foundation


Professional and Community Honors


LeadershipShelbyCountyClass of 2011

2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association Legal Leaders of GreaterBirmingham

2012 Member of Birmingham Bar Foundation’s Inaugural Fellows Class

Birmingham Office:

Dempsey, Steed, Stewart, Ritchey & Gaché, LLP

1910 28th Avenue South

Birmingham, Alabama 35209

(205) 970-0034

(205) 970-0119

Montgomery Office:

Dempsey, Steed, Stewart, Ritchey & Gaché, LLP

Park Place Center

8650 Minnie Brown Road, Suite 100

Montgomery, Alabama 36117

(334) 215-4427

Email:  [email protected]