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Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., 1989

Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
B.S., cum laude, 1986

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

All Michigan state courts

Labor and Employment Attorney

Rick is a member of Varnum’s Labor and Employment Practice Team. He focuses on the defense of employers in workers’ compensation litigation, from managing contested cases in an aggressive and efficient manner to assessing cost-containment methods. He represents employers at all levels of the court system, including the Workers’ Compensation Appellate Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court.

Rick has handled multiple Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) inspections and appeals, including appeals of citations following a complaint, serious injury or death of an employee.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers, since 2005

Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Workers Compensation Law, 2019 and 2020

Leading Lawyers, Employment Law – Management

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Certified soccer referee

Registered Michigan high school baseball umpire

Youth baseball coach

Youth soccer coach

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