Rick Deane represents clients who are facing all types of criminal or civil investigations by the United States Department of Justice and other investigative agencies. He has extensive experience in dealing with federal grand jury investigations. In addition to his criminal trial work, Rick handles general litigation matters.
Rick has broad experience trying cases in state and federal courts and has gained extensive experience appearing before the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. He recently served as lead counsel in defending criminal charges against a major design-build company. All charges against the company were dismissed and the company paid a civil assessment. He also recently served as lead counsel in a month-long personal injury case tried in state court to a complete defense verdict.
Representative clients include the Atlanta School Board, The Facilities Group, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, The Public Warehousing Company K.S.C., The Sherwin-Williams Company, and numerous others.
Rick is Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta Office and heads the litigation group in Atlanta. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Rick was recently chosen by the State Bar of Georgia's bench and bar committee as the attorney recipient of the 12th Annual Chief Justice Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award. The award honors one lawyer and one judge who have demonstrated the highest professional conduct and paramount reputation for professionals. In addition, he received the Atlanta Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2016. Rick is also a past president of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA).
•U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia (1998-2001); Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (1994-1998); and Chief of the Criminal Division (1990-1994), Chief of the General Crimes Section (1986-1990), and Assistant U.S. Attorney (1980-1986), Northern District of Georgia, United States Department of Justice
•Former CEO defends federal criminal investigation involving allegations of potential violations of the Anti-Kickback statute
CEO of industrial services company defends federal criminal public corruption investigation
Former CFO of multinational corporation defends DOJ and SEC investigation involving allegations of potential FCPA violations
Honors & Distinctions
•Winner - Georgia: Commercial Litigation Department of the Year (April 23, 2014) and General Litigation Department of the Year (April 25, 2013), The Daily Report
Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2016)
Named by Time Magazine in 2001 to the Time 100 List of Innovators featured in the Georgia edition of Super Lawyers magazine
Listed in Chambers USA and Georgia Trend magazine's Legal Elite