Rick’s diverse legal practice ranges from providing complex, “bet-the-company” transactional and corporate governance advice to independent directors and stakeholders in closely held businesses to structuring new businesses for startup founders positioning themselves to raise capital; from assisting nonprofit organizations undergoing strategic reviews to advising organizers of new nonprofit entities how to obtain state and federal tax exemptions.
As outside general counsel for many clients, Rick connects deeply with their businesses — serving on corporate boards, creating financial models and fundraising presentations for startups, and analyzing strategic problems in transactions and litigation to frame issues properly for better-informed corporate decisions. These business skills have been buttressed by years of merger and acquisition advisory work for clients including deal prospecting, due diligence, negotiation, financial modeling, and deal execution. Rick’s clients come from many industries: software, ecommerce, web and Internet, clothing retailers and fashion designers, financial services, computer hardware, IT consulting, strategy consulting, construction materials, import/export, enterprise software, and contract manufacturing.
Rick has a wide array of legal experience on which to draw: he practiced in both New York City and in Silicon Valley at large national law firms. He has been involved in hundreds of negotiations across a wide variety of disciplines. In New York City, Rick practiced at Holland & Knight LLP, litigating mass torts involving pesticides, asbestos, and the crash of TWA Flight 800. He then practiced corporate and securities law at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, in the Palo Alto, CA office, where his practice included venture financing, and mergers and acquisitions for startups, venture capital funds, E*Trade, and Cisco Systems.
Rick is a graduate of the Cornell Law School. Before law school, Rick was an Infantry officer in the US Army, stationed in Hawaii and Georgia. He is a graduate of the Officer Candidate, Airborne and Ranger Schools. He has a BA in English from Allegheny College, where he served on the Alumni Council for six years. Rick regularly provides pro bono legal and negotiating advice to parents of children with autism.
He has been admitted to practice in New York, California, and New Jersey, as well as in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Northern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
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