Rick leverages his 20 years of product liability, toxic tort, and asbestos litigation experience to solve problems for his clients. Manufacturers of a wide range of products have turned to Rick for counsel, guidance, and advocacy. Rick has practiced nationally in asbestos litigation throughout his career. He defends premises owners, non-manufacturing suppliers, and manufacturers of industrial equipment, friction products, and electrical components through discovery, motion practice, negotiation, and trial. Rick is responsible for the development of expert witnesses in various disciplines including industrial hygiene and medical causation. He also coordinates discovery for all jurisdictions, and trains local counsel on technical aspects of clients’ product lines, and on strategies for effective depositions.
Rick attended the Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School, a university consortium dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. The coursework included negotiation case studies and mock negotiations. This work provided a theoretical framework for legal and business negotiation. It also addressed practical challenges, like complex negotiations with multiple parties and difficult people and behaviors.
Rick is a registered lobbyist agent with the State of Michigan. He has advocated for clients at the Michigan Legislature and engaged in pro bono lobbying activities at the state and federal levels. In January 2012, he testified before the Michigan House of Representatives Competitiveness Committee on House Bill 5456 related to discolsure of asbestos bankruptcy trust submissions.
Rick serves as liason counsel for all defendants for discovery and pretrial matters for asbestos litigation throughout the state of Michigan. He is a also a member of the Wayne County Asbestos Litigation Steering Committee.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Michigan State University
(J.D. cum laude, 1999)
Michigan State University
(B.A. with honors, 1996)
State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Admitted Pro Hac Vice in New York, Ohio, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Missouri
ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS
Best Lawyers of America®
—-– Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
–– Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Defendants
2016 OCBA Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award
—-– Rising Star (2012-2014)
DBusiness® Top Lawyer
—-– Product Liability (2012-2013)
Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
(5.0 out of 5.0)