My Birmingham: Ronnie Rice


Rronnie-riceonnie Rice, Ph.D., firm administrator for Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys, grew up in Prichard, Ala., earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse Colllege in Atlanta, master’s and doctorate of philosophy from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. and his law degree from Miles School of Law, where he serves as president of the National Black Law Student Association. Rice is also involved in speaking to youth, likes to run and loves spending time with his young daughter, Chloe.

This is what Rice loves about Birmingham.

Local point of pride: Looking at some of the hardships and negativity you overcame to get to where you are, it’s reminiscent in some ways of Birmingham itself and the obstacles it has worked to overcome. Is there favorite tangible building, project, park, whatever it is, that you can look at and consider a favorite point of pride in Birmingham?

I fall more in love with the Birmingham area every day. It’s inspiring to witness and experience the city’s revitalization, especially as the community comes together to celebrate the restoration of historic buildings like the Pizitz and the addition of job-creating industries like Regions Field. Points of pride for me are the Rotary Trail and the downtown area. During the summer, I frequently walk from my office at Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys on 1st Avenue South to Birmingham Barons baseball games. I also regularly visit downtown restaurants and bars. My favorite spots are Roots and Revelry, 1st and 23rd, and the Pizitz Food Hall.

Favorite places to run: You love to run. What are your favorite places in Birmingham (on- or off-trail?) 

My passion for running started in junior high and high school. I was actually the slowest runner, but I always loved it. My favorite places to run are Lifetime Fitness in Vestavia, the Rotary Trail, and the Samford University track and soccer field.

Favorite daddy-daughter hangout: You also have a four-year-old daughter. What is your favorite Daddy-Chloe hangout?

The Birmingham area is very family-friendly, which is fantastic for my four-year-old daughter Chloe. We love to eat and read books, so our favorite hangout is Church Street Coffee and Books in Crestline Village.

Best people watching: What’s your favorite restaurant for people watching?

My favorite restaurants for people watching are Roots and Revelry, anything in the Pizitz Food Hall, and Taj India. I follow a vegan diet, and therefore can only go to certain places. These restaurants offer great vegan options and casual social atmospheres.

Where you love to shop:  Where is your favorite place to shop for clothes?

With my schedule, I find it difficult to shop for clothes in-store. However, due to the great customer service, (I shop at) Alexander Eaton (2018 11th Avenue South), Alchemy 213 (217 20th Street North), and Shaia’s (Homewood).

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