Richard G. Erickson: Lawyer with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Richard G. Erickson

Phoenix,  AZ  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Government Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Military
  • Personal Injury
University University of Arizona, B.S., Politics, 1990; U.S. Naval War College (Strategy/War, 2012); National Defense University, National Security Studies, 2010; U.S. Air War College, Master of Strategic Studies, 2014; U.S. Marine Corps Command & Staff College, 2005; National Security Decision Making, 2008
Law SchoolUniversity of the Pacific, J.D., Certificate in Governmental Affairs, 1998; U.S. Naval Justice School, Military & Operational Law, 2002
Admitted1998, Arizona; United States District Court, District of Arizona; United States Navy, Courts Martial; Court of Military Appeals for The Armed Forces; Arizona Court of Military Appeals

Professional Memberships and Activities
•Arizona Court of Military Appeals
•Military Judge (appointed by Governor of Arizona 2011-2017)
•State Bar of Arizona
•Executive Council, Construction Law Section (2006-present); Chair-Elect (2013-2014)
•Maricopa County Bar Association
•Construction Law Section (2004-present)
•Associated General Contractors of America
•Arizona Chapter Affiliate Affairs Committee (2008-present)
•Arizona Builders' Alliance (2004-present)
•Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (1998-present)

MilitaryColonel (sel.), United States Marine Corps Reserve Command Staff Judge Advocate, Force Headquarters Group (2013-present); Staff Judge Advocate, Marine Corps Installations-West (2010-2012); Operational Law of War Advisor, The Pentagon (2008); Staff Judge Advocate, Detainee Operations Task Force, Iraq (2006-2007); Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, NORAD-U.S. Northern Command (2003); Company Executive Officer, 6th Engineer Support Battalion (2000); Infantry Platoon Commander, Mogadishu, Somalia (1994); Infantry Officer Course (1992)
BornBurbank, California, October 24, 1967

Rick Erickson is rated nationally as AV Preeminent for his experience, ethics and abilities representing our clients in the areas of construction, commercial litigation and military law. He is also a decorated military officer, a leader and volunteer in the local community and the elected chairman of his state bar practice section. Rick is further distinguished for his exceptional presentations and seminars to national audiences.

Sep 03 Under Construction - September 2014
Aug 04 Financial Services Litigation Bulletin - Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Critical Takeaways
Mar 19 Under Construction - March 2014
Sep 16 Under Construction - September 2013
Aug 05 Legal Alert - Arizona Supreme Court Has the Final Word-Again-on Economic Loss Doctrine
Dec 19 Under Construction - December 2012
Mar 13 Under Construction - March 2012
Mar 15 Under Construction - March 2011
May 21 Under Construction - May 2010
Aug 28 Under Construction - August 2009

News & Events
Feb 23 Snell & Wilmer Assists Veterans at Annual Arizona Veterans' StandDown
Sep 04 Snell & Wilmer Launches Military Practice Group
Aug 18 The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists 123 Snell & Wilmer Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field
Nov 14 Governor Jan Brewer Appoints Snell & Wilmer Partner Rick Erickson to the Arizona Court of Military Appeals
Jan 01 Snell & Wilmer Elects Seven New Firm Partners and Two Senior Attorneys

Representative Presentations and Publications
•Is OSHA Exoneration and Workers Compensation Immunity Enough to Protect you from Tort Liability and Indemnity Claims? Presenter, Associated General Contractors of America, 96th Annual Convention, San Juan, PR (2015)
•Embracing the Future of Construction, Panel Chair, Arizona State Bar Convention President's Award (2014)
•Understanding Ethics in Government Contracts, Presenter, Associated General Contractors of America, AZ Chapter (2014)
•Keeping up with Trends in Construction Contracts, Presenter, Lovitt & Touche (2013)
•Lien Law & Prompt Payment Statutes, Presenter, First Solar (2013)
•Identifying & Resolving Ethical Issues in Construction, Presenter, American Institute of Architects (2012)
•Technological Advances & Social Media in Construction, Faculty Panel, Arizona State Bar Convention (2012)
•Construction & Social Media - Do You Have a Plan? Presenter, Associated General Contractors of America, Honolulu, HI (2012)
•Construction Site Data Disclaimers: Who Really Carries the Risk? Presenter, Lorman Education Services (2011)
•E-Discovery Rules in Construction Litigation, Presenter, Associated General Contractors of America, Las Vegas, NV (2011)
•Legal Strategies for Construction Project Records Retention, Panel Moderator, Strafford Publications (2011)
•Maximizing Your Investment in Experts for Construction Litigation, Presenter, Computer Guidance Corporation (2010)
•Military Operational Law & Counterinsurgency, Presenter, Arizona State University College of Law (2010)
•Understanding Arbitration Agreements in AIA & ConsensusDOCS Contracts, Presenter, Associated General Contractors of America, Orlando, FL (2010)
•Terminating a Construction Contract: Legal Issues and Considerations, Presenter, Lorman Education Services (2009)
•The Service Members Civil Relief Act: What Judges Should Know, Presenter, Arizona Judicial Conference (2009)
•Beating the Odds: Mastering The Law of War During The Surge in Anbar Province, Author, U.S. Naval War College (2009)
•Managing Electronic Discovery in Construction Litigation, Presenter, Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego, CA (2009)

Professional Recognition and Awards
•The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law (2015)

Community Involvement
•Congressional Advisory Committee for Nomination to U.S. Military Academies
•U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (2013-present)
•U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (1998-2012)
•U.S. Congressman Trent Franks (2003-present)
•U.S. Congressman John Shadegg (1996-2010)
•Christ Lutheran School Board of Directors, Phoenix, Arizona (2010-present)
•District of Arizona Veterans Court Committee (2012-present)
•97th Arizona Town Hall, Participant (2010)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Construction Law Jury trial for architect of record pursuing $1 million indemnity claim against subconsultant; Contested licensing citation and $600,000 fine against national drilling contractor; Defended contractor against $2 million breach of contract claim by materials supplier; Arbitrated professional negligence claims in defense of national design firm; Negotiated construction agreements and general conditions for $40 million project; Defended national homebuilder against negligent construction claims in wrongful death case; Complex litigation and foreclosure of $4 million lien claim by prime contractor; Represented Fortune 500 owner in case arising from subcontractor's mistaken bid; Litigated pass-through and indemnity claims for international construction manager; Charter school's counsel for licensing complaint and hearing against general contractor; Defended architect of record against claims arising from construction site administration; Updated construction management at risk and subcontract agreements for prime contractor; Special action, injunctive relief and trial of $20 million bid protest for general contractor; Settled $2.7 million fire loss claim and subrogation agreement for custom homebuilder; Mediated resolution of $3 million final payment claim for builder of luxury condominiums; Pursued general contractor's $1 million performance bond claim against the surety; Negotiated bond takeover agreement for prime contractor on large public project; Represented structural engineer and his national design firm in roof collapse case; Pursued resort owner-developer's claims in dispute over prompt payment and overbilling; Sought $1 million in change order damages for contractor claiming unforeseen site work; Assisted prime contractor with equitable adjustment claim on large public project; Represented heavy equipment contractor in lease dispute with its landlord; Counsel for subcontractor in wrongful termination case against the general contractor General Civil Litigation Trial team for Fortune 500 homebuilder awarded $111 million verdict against former executive; Defended international restaurant in high-exposure case involving liquor service liability; Defended major insurer against bad faith claims arising from denial of business coverage; Argued jurisdictional dispute for corporate client before the Arizona Court of Appeals; Jury trial for corporate client pursuing non-compete claims against former software engineer; Litigated contract claims of realtor association against its software development contractor; Jury trial for joint venture partner accused of fraud and breaching fiduciary duties; Pursued collection of corporate client's seven-figure judgment against foreign and U.S. assets; Defended national tire company against personal injury and wrongful death claims; Directed hearing for provisional remedies against controller who embezzled corporate funds; Handled administrative hearing for office supply company contesting award of state contract; Negotiated resolution of code of conduct violation for Division 1 scholarship athlete; Litigated property title dispute for sixty-year-old Episcopal parish against its Diocese; Administrative appeal of student-athlete contesting ineligibility from his high school transfer Military Law Advised public utility concerning potential liabilities from deadly force defense of its nuclear facility; Drafted and negotiated use agreements for military base facilities and training areas; Assisted large defense contractor with evaluation of government contract provisions; Advised Fortune 500 employer concerning rights under Service Members Civil Relief Act; Chief advisor on detainee collection points and holding facilities in Anbar Province, Iraq; Primary rules of engagement training officer for Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-07; Authored rules for the use of deadly force during post 9/11 military operations in the U.S. Advised combatant command on ethics regulations during defense contractor conference; Drafted point papers for Joint Staff on civil-military relations and domestic operational law; Issued legal opinions on policy provisions affecting criminal tribunals of terrorist detainees; Presided as Investigating Officer in capital case referred to General Court Martial; Defense counsel for senior military officer accused of compromising classified information

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Arizona Supreme Court to Contractor: Sorry, but Equitable Subrogation Trumps Mechanics’ Lien Rights
Richard G. Erickson, October 13, 2014
The smoke has finally cleared in a hard and long-fought battle between lenders and owners on one side and the general contractor (Weitz Company, L.L.C., from here on referred to as Weitz) on the other side claiming priority on a Phoenix condominium project. The project, well-known as Summit at...

Is the Spearin Doctrine Still a Contractor’s Shield if the Contractor Followed the Plans and Specifications?
Richard G. Erickson, October 13, 2014
United States v. Spearin, 248 U.S. 132, 39 S.Ct. 59 (1918) is almost 100 years old, and it is still one of the most oft-cited cases in a construction lawyer’s playbook. In numerous contested cases, Spearin has given contractors a way to avoid liability for construction defects arising from...

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Richard G. Erickson

400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900
PhoenixAZ 85004-2202


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