Rick was born in Hanover, New Hampshire. He attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science in 1988. He then served as the Fiscal Legislative Liaison for the Governor of New Hampshire, before attending The Catholic University Columbus School of Law. He graduated with his Juris Doctor and a degree in Comparative and International Law in 1993.
Since 1993, Rick has concentrated his trial practice primarily in the areas of commercial litigation, business claims, and serious personal injury cases, including wrongful death actions. Rick has successfully represented clients in complex business cases involving breach of contract, fraud, and unfair trade practices. He has also handled numerous defamation and discrimination claims involving individuals, businesses, and government entities. He has extensive experience working with insurance companies, handling insurance defense cases, providing insurance coverage opinions, and litigating declaratory judgment actions, which has proven invaluable in his commercial, personal injury, and business practice.
Rick has focused his corporate practice primarily in the areas of business transactions, joint ventures, and real estate matters. Among other clients, he represents technology companies, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, insurance companies, financial institutions, property owners, developers, managers and security companies in a variety of capacities. He has been engaged to create new businesses and sell existing enterprises as well as to negotiate joint ventures between established companies. He is a certified Title Agent in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, and is licensed to conduct real estate closings.
Rick is a member of the bar associations of Maryland, Virginia, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the Bar Association for Montgomery County, Maryland. He has contributed to educational texts, including workbooks on discrimination, fair housing and insurance coverage, from which he has conducted professional workshops for insurance companies and their clients, including a number of greater Washington property owners, developers, brokers, and management. He is a Justice of the Peace and a Notary Public, and has been a member of the Montgomery County Inn of Court, a group of experienced lawyers, judges, law professors and students, promoting professionalism in trial practice.