Rick is engaged in a civil trial practice involving complex commercial and business tort litigation, including class action litigation. A member of the firm's Financial Services industry team, he has handled a wide range of cases in state and federal court as well as arbitration proceedings. He vigorously defends clients in contract disputes, employer and employee relations disagreements, collections-related matters, fraud, civil antitrust claims and issues relating to the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). He also has experience in franchise law, covenants not to compete and trade secrets, corporate securities, banking, real estate, partnership, landlord and tenant, breach of fiduciary duty and product liability claims.
Rick also handles claims against life and health insurers asserted under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, Texas Insurance Code, and bad faith. His clients have included businesses in the hotel and resort, banking, aviation, real estate development, residential home building, brokerage and securities, mortgage lending and life insurance sectors.
In the financial services arena his clients include: Southwest Securities, FSB, Southwest Bank, NexBank, PNC, Wells Fargo Bank and Jackson National Life Insurance Co. He has represented clients in lawsuits and arbitrations filed in Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Michigan, Montana, New York and Oklahoma.
Before joining the firm, he was a partner at Brown McCarroll.
Awards and Recognitions
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Secured defense verdict and injunction denied in slander of title and injunction action arising out of alleged easement. Prestonwood Tower Ltd., et al. v. Piedmount Montfort Partners L.P., et al., case number 05-CV-05157 in 298th District Court, Texas
•Defended breach of contract claim arising out of a construction loan agreement. Defense verdict of “zero.” Carolyn A. Adams v. National City Mortgage Co. and Steve Paulson d/b/a Steve Paulsen Properties, case number 141-208136-04 in 141st District Court, Texas
•Defended breach of contract claim arising out of alleged referral agreement. Defense verdict of “zero.” Soraya Fletcher d/b/a Exquisite Stone v. Mark S. Thompson and Denmark Inc., d/b/a Murray Appliance, case number 2006-50318-367 in 367th District Court, Texas
•Obtained defense verdict of “zero” in breach of contract claim arising out of warehouse lending relationship. First Financial Equities Inc. v. First Savings Bank F.S.B., case number 236-197247-03 in 236th District Court, Texas
•Prosecuted fraud claim against distributor of counterfeit aviation engine inner and outer combustion liners. Plaintiff's verdict for $450,000 in actual damages and $900,000 in punitive damages. Ameristar Jet Charter Inc. v. Signal Composites Inc. d/b/a Signal Aerospace, case number 3-98CV1360-L in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
•Represented plaintiff in negligence claim arising out of transportation of aircraft. Plaintiff's verdict of $1.4 million. Ameristar Jet Charter Inc., et al. v. Dodson International Parts Inc., case number 98-CV-14586 in 16th Circuit Court, Missouri
•Represented plaintiff in contract claim arising out of payment of altered cashier's checks. Plaintiff's verdict $690,000. Ameristar Jet Charter Inc. v. Compass Bank, case number 98-03526-I, 162nd District Court, Texas
•Prosecuted breach of contract action arising out of investment banking transaction. Plaintiff's verdict of $2.5 million. Southwest Securities Inc. v. Zurn Industries Inc., case number 97-00548-L, 193rd District Court, Texas
•Defended fraud claim arising out of construction of pipeline. Defense verdict of “zero.” Warren N.L. Inc. (Dynegy) v. Campeon Pipeline Corp. and Sunland Construction Inc., case number 98-08440, 151st District Court, Texas
•Prosecuted claim for unjust enrichment arising out of theft of check. Encore Enterprises Inc. v. Roberts Hotels Fort Myers LLC, case number 2:09-cv-00118-CEH-SPC, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida