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Personal Injury Attorney

Rick has over 40 years of personal injury and trial experience. He focuses on representing burn survivors in burn injury litigation as well as handling wrongful death and products liability matters. Throughout his career, he has lost only one personal injury case while at the same time setting multimillion dollar verdict records in several rural Southwestern Michigan communities*. Rick believes that the obligation of a personal injury lawyer is to help the client recover physically, emotionally, psychologically, and financially from the injuries.

*Statements about past results do not assure similar outcomes in any other matter.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Kalamazoo Lawyer of the Year, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2014

Best Lawyers in America® since 2008

Leading Lawyers: Personal Injury Law - General; Personal Injury Plaintiff's Law - Product Liability

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award 2013

University of Michigan, Pam Pucci Service Award 2016

Professional Affiliations

American Burn Association, Rehabilitation Committee, 1997 - present

Central Michigan University, trustee, 1981 - 1983

Kalamazoo College, visiting professor, 2008 - 2012

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Kalamazoo Office of the Prosecutor, special prosecutor, 2007 - 2010, 2013

State Bar of Michigan: Committee on Professional Responsibility and Judicial Ethics, 1980 - 1982; Negligence Section

The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors: Board of Trustees, 1997 - 2005; first vice president; member

Van Buren County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office: chief assistant prosecuting attorney 1973 - 1974; assistant prosecuting attorney 1972 - 1973

Van Buren County, special prosecutor

News & Publications

Presentations

How to Prevent Suits for Medical Malpractice," National Meetings of: Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society; the American Society of Outpatient Surgeons; Association of Freestanding Radiation-Oncology Centers

"The Lawyers as a Member of the Burn Team," National Meeting of the American Burn Association.

"The Policeman's Right to Free Speech: Muller v. Conlisk," 46 Indiana Law Journal 538, 1971

""Evaluating Damages Trial Strategy," Michigan Law of Damages, 2 Ed., The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, 1989.

"Developing Damages in Closing Argument," Michigan Law of Damages, 2 Ed., The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, 1989.

"Proving Liability in Automobile Cases," 1981

"Suing the Government for Personal Injuries," 1981

"How to Handle the Auto Negligence Case in Michigan," 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988

"No-Fault Automobile Accident Update," 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

"Comparative Negligence," 1982

"Art of Successful Courtroom Persuasion," 1982

"How to Prove Pain and Suffering," 1982

"Effective Use of Experts," 1982

"Handling a Wrongful Death Case," 1986

"Basic Skills," 1987

""Public Sector Damage Suits," 1987

"Product Liability," 1989

"Michigan Ultimate Trial Notebook," 1990, 1993, 1996, 2003

"Effective Use of Documents in Product Liability Cases," 1991

"Art of Cross Examination," 1988

"The New World of Michigan Tort Reform: Survival Strategies," 1997

"Jury Persuasion: You're Right – Now Convince the Jury," 1997

"Trial Techniques for Proving Damages in Injury and Death Cases," co-author, Michigan Law of Damages and Other Remedies, 3 ed., 2002 (all published by Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Publications

Education

Indiana University School of Law
Bloomington, Indiana
J.D., with honors, 1972

Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo, Michigan
B.A., 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
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