Cumberland Alumnus, Sirote Attorney receives Senate Confirmation for Key Administration Post

Posted: Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:36

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Jan. 3, 2013 – Joe H. Ritch (Cumberland School of Law Class of 1975), an attorney with Sirote & Permutt’s Huntsville office, has been confirmed by the Senate to serve on the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority [TVA]. Ritch, who was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama, becomes only the second Alabamian to be appointed to the board in the TVA’s 79-year history. 

Ritch has been active in Huntsville economic development for more than three decades and is the longtime chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). Under Ritch's leadership, the Tennessee Valley BRAC committee successfully marketed Redstone Arsenal as a destination for military commands designated for relocation. Thousands of jobs have moved to the North Alabama and Southern Tennessee region because of the relocations.  


Joe H. Ritch is an attorney at the Sirote & Permutt law firm in Huntsville, Alabama, where he has worked since 1982. He has served as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment and Closures Committee since 1994 and as co-chairman of the Tennessee Valley Growth Coordination Group since 2008. He also served as a member of the University of Alabama's board of trustees from 2005 to 2011. Ritch serves on the board of directors at several other companies and nonprofits, including Axiometrics and the Von Braun Center for Innovative Science. He received a B.S. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University.

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