Recognized as one of Delaware's most consistently effective and practical personal injury lawyers, Rick has achieved justice for his clients in the form of recoveries in the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars at trial, mediation, arbitration, and negotiated settlement. He prides himself on the ability to simplify highly complex legal problems, and streamline the justice system in order to give his clients the opportunity to return to as much of the life they knew before their accident as quickly as possible.
Rick has gained the respect of the Court, arbitrators, mediators, other members of the Bar, and insurance company adjusters by his meticulous preparation, professionalism and work-ethic. In 2015, he was selected by the Delaware State Bar Association to receive the Daniel L. Herrmann Professional Conduct Award. Named in honor of the late chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, the award goes to a member of the Delaware Bar who “has demonstrated those qualities of courtesy and civility which, together with high ability and distinguished service, exemplifies the Delaware lawyer.”
Throughout his career, Rick has taken a special interest in championing the rights of child victims. Recently, he was one of the Young Conaway lawyers who achieved a historic $123 million class action resolution for hundreds of Sussex County, Delaware children sexually assaulted by their pediatrician. He also has represented many children who were victims of dangerous dog attacks, automobile accidents and other torts. His prior experience as a teacher, and a member of the Delaware House of Representatives Education Committee gives him a unique perspective and ability to communicate with children and put them at ease in stressful situations.
Rick has been chosen by his partners to be chairman of the firm's Paralegal Committee, and is past-chairman of the Personal Injury Section and Continuing Legal Education Committee. He is often asked to educate other members of the Bar at seminars on cutting-edge issues in civil victims' rights law, and has spoken at the Delaware Supreme Court's pre-admission conference for new attorneys.
For a decade, Rick was a Delaware lawmaker in the Delaware House of Representatives, and rose to be his caucus' ranking member on the Judiciary, Public Safety and Corrections Committees. Rick drafted the Constitutional Amendment to guarantee Delawareans freedom of speech. He also sponsored numerous bills to improve the administration of justice. Rick also served with distinction on the Joint Finance Committee, one of 12 members of the Legislature to write the Delaware state budget.
Rick is a past president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, and is Delaware State Delegate to the American Association for Justice. He was selected by his peers as one of Delaware Today magazine’s “Top Lawyers” in Torts and Insurance practice in 2015.
Rick's education, experience, community involvement and life lessons are reflected in his compassion and indefatigable advocacy for his individual clients, who are often opposed by the nation's largest and most powerful insurance companies. He has devoted his career to seeing everyday people have the opportunity for equal justice under the law.