J. Burruss Riis


Phone: 251-694-6337
Fax: 251-544-1634

Office: Mobile

Areas of Practice:
Construction and Public Contracts
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Transportation, Aviation, and Other Personal Injury
Worker's Compensation

Admitted In:
Alabama State Bar, 1985

J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1985; B.A., Washington and Lee University, cum laude, 1982

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Civic and Professional Affiliations Publications and Speeches

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J. Burruss Riis

Biographical Information

Buzzy Riis is a lifetime resident of Mobile, Alabama, graduating from Washington & Lee University, B.A. cum laude, 1982, and receiving his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. 1985. He has been with Hand Arendall since 1991 and is a member of the Litigation Section of the law firm actively involved in the following Practice Groups: Personal Injury & Insurance; Construction and Public Contracts; Employment and Labor, Worker's Compensation, and Cybersecurity.

Buzzy practices in the field of general civil litigation with a concentration in personal injury, trucking defense and construction defense litigation. Buzzy has tried over 50 jury trials. He also has more than 25 years experience in OSHA disputes on behalf of contractors, healthcare providers, shipyards, stevedores and manufacturing facilities in contesting citations from the Occupational Safety & Health Commission. Buzzy has tried cases both before juries and judges in Mobile County, Baldwin County, Montgomery County, Choctaw County, Escambia County and Conecuh County, Alabama. He has also tried cases in the federal courts for the Southern District of Alabama and has argued appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Buzzy has been active in the pro bono lawyer program in the City of Mobile throughout his practice. He was recognized as the 2003 recipient of the Ben Kilborn Volunteer Lawyer of the Year.

While in law school, Buzzy served on the Editorial Board of the Alabama Law Review. He is currently a member of the Mobile Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, the American Bar Association, DRI (Member of the Nursing Home Section and Transportation Section), the Alabama Self-Insurers Association, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (Executive Council), and TIDA. He was inducted into the Paul Brock Inn of Court in 1999. He serves on the Associate Board of Directors of the Mobile AGC (Associated General Contractors) and he is a Past-President of the Associate Board of the Mobile and state AGC.

Buzzy and his wife, Nicole, are members of Government Street Presbyterian Church. He has two children: a son, Burruss, and a daughter, Mickey. His son, Burruss, graduated from the University of Southern Miss and law school at the University of Alabama School of Law. Mickey attended Auburn University and now works in Opelika, Alabama. (Divided Family). Buzzy also has 2 stepdaughters, Mollie and Callie. Mollie is a graduate of the University of Alabama and Callie attends Mississippi State.


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