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Specialties: Personal Injury Law, Insurance Law
Rick became an attorney in 1996 and has practiced in the Rogue Valley since 1997. Born and raised in Eureka, California, Rick attended Stanford University on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1985 with a degree in Economics. He earned the Pacific-10 Conference Most Valuable Player award and received All-American honors in 1985. He thereafter pursued a professional baseball career after being drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Phillies. Rick played minor league baseball from 1985-1990 for the Phillies, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles organizations, reaching the highest level of the minors (Triple-A) before retiring.
Rick attended Willamette University School of Law and received his J.D. in 1996. After working briefly as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oregon, Rick went to work for the the Frohnmeyer, Deatherage, Pratt, Jamieson, Clarke & Moore firm in 1997. His work primarily involved representing insurance companies and their insureds in the defense of personal injury claims. In July 2001, Rick switched sides and began working as an associate attorney at Black Chapman, helping injured and disabled clients. Rick became a partner in the firm in 2005. Rick is a specialist in insurance law and trucking accident injury cases. He enjoys working with his clients trying to obtain the best possible results for them. He also enjoys the opportunity to take cases to trial when necessary. Rick is licensed in both Oregon and California and has successfully tried cases to verdict in the counties of Jackson, Josephine, Curry, Coos and Klamath here in Oregon.
Rick has also practices sports law. He has advised and worked closely with Dave Stewart, the former Oakland A’s standout pitcher who now serves as an agent to several Major League Baseball players, including Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Rick worked diligently as lead counsel for Mr. Stewart during the process leading toward salary arbitration, including preparing the legal briefs on behalf of Kemp and Billingsley, both of whom became eligible for salary arbitration after the 2009 season.
Rick currently serves on the Oregon State Bar Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee and is serving a term on the Board of Governors for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association. He has previously served on the board of directors for the Southern Oregon Child Study & Treatment Center.
Rick’s wife, Carla, works as a licensed professional counselor. Together, they enjoy donating their time and service to various groups, including baseball camps conducted in Medford and Sacramento, as well as contributing to an organization promoting the greater awareness of autism. They enjoy spending quality time with their two sons, Gaige and Derrick. Rick also enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding, as well as the rare good round of golf. In September of 2010 Rick was inducted into Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame.
Memberships: Oregon State Bar, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, State Bar of California. All Oregon State Courts, Federal District Court for the District of Oregon, Federal Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.