Rick concentrates his practice on a wide variety of complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts, as well as arbitral proceedings. Rick has extensive experience in commercial and financial transactions litigation, real estate and oil and gas disputes, has handled complex disputes among partners and business owners, as well as a wide range of business torts litigation. Rick also has significant experience in the area of technology litigation, including theft of trade secrets and non-competition disputes. Rick has passed all sections of the examination to become a Certified Public Accountant and routinely relies upon these skills in the matters he handles.
Rick is very active in the community in a wide range of activities including public education, the assistance of at risk children and their families, and youth sports.
EducationJ.D., Southern Methodist University, 1985
B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1982
Significant AccomplishmentsDefended major lender in multi-billion dollar lender liability and business torts action involving multiple billion dollar syndicated credit facilities;
Defended start-up company and its founder involving claims of theft of trade secrets and violation of non-competition agreements;
Defended various patent and trademark infringement cases involving treadmills and other exercise equipment;
Defended and prosecuted breach of contract and breach of warranty claims involving software licenses and consulting services;
Defended breach of warranty and deceptive trade practices class action dispute involving notebook computers;
Represented an Asian computer manufacturer in multiple disputes involving product warranties, business torts and deceptive trade practice claims.
Defended national real estate developer in dispute with partner involving the development of a regional shopping mall;
Handled multi-jurisdictional disputes involving claims of breach of warranty, deceptive trade practices and other business torts;
Defended partnership and its founding partners in dispute with minority partner involving fiduciary duty and fraud claims;
Represented U.S. manufacturer in dispute with Australian dealer regarding termination of dealership; and
Prosecuted and defended numerous financial institutions in claims involving loans and other credit facilities.
Professional AssociationsDallas Bar Association
SMU Alumni Association
SMU Lettermen's Association
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