Attorney and Counselor at Law, Duly Licensed and Admitted to Practice Law in Courts of the State of New York since 1989. Extensive plaintiffs’ negligence trial experience in all areas including motor vehicle, truck accidents, construction site accidents, premise slip/trip and fall, elevator and escalator cases, dental, medical malpractice, dram shop, wrongful death, and lead paint poisoning litigation. Rick is a passionate trial attorney who loves the law and helping clients. He lives and breathes trial law. As a young lawyer, Rick worked with famous trial lawyer William Kunstler. In the early 1990s, he worked for the insurance defense firm Leahy & Johnson as a trial attorney. With experience as both a plaintiff and defense lawyer, Rick has been trying cases on behalf of plaintiffs for the majority of his career and at one time ran his own solo law practice. He has been a trial attorney other lawyers hire to conduct their trials especially on their significant cases. Having worked with the firm since 2009, Rick has been a mentor to younger lawyers and paralegals helping them learn how to be better lawyers both in and out of the courtroom. When on trial, Rick has obtained verdicts and settlements in the six and seven figure range on hundreds of cases throughout his career. Rick prepares each case for trial with meticulous dedication and precision. He utilizes the best experts in various fields: medicine, engineering, safety, accident reconstruction, economics, vocational rehabilitation, and others. Representative Cases $2,800,000.00 construction site accident mediated settlement - worker injured in trench in the roadway - Neurauter v. City of NY $2,500,000.00 Bishop v. Harris, Kings County Supreme Court, car accident. Mediated settlement. $2,400,000.00 settlement, tractor trailer accident case - McKenna v. DJM Transport, Supreme Court Bronx County $1,200,000.00 Premises Liability lawsuit against a laundromat. Mediated settlement $755,000.00 Verdict. Supreme Westchester. Car Accident. Aggravation of pre-existing lumbar spine fusion injuries. $750,000.00 settled during trial. Medical Malpractice. Lucilla Ramos/ William Ramos v. Mike Chou, M.D. $600,000.00 trial jury verdict. Supreme Court Kings County. Car Accident. Herniated disc and shoulder arthroscopy. $600,000.00 verdict Chacko v. Vavakos, Brooklyn Supreme Court. Herniated disc after a motor vehicle accident $510,000.00 verdict Chopak v. City of New York - car accident at an intersection which ongoing construction $325,000.00 settlement in a sidewalk trip & fall - Negron v. 1400 Holding, et al. Supreme Court Kings County.
Bachelor of Arts, City University of the City of New York, Cum Laude, 1983 Juris Doctor Degree, Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C., 1986 New York Law School, New York Practice, 1986
New York State Courts United States Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York United States Federal District Court for the Southern DIstrict of New York
Member New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA)
CLE lecturer in Trial Practice for Marino Legal CLE / Marino Legal Academy