Rick is a partner-shareholder in the Civil Litigation Practice, Medical Malpractice and Long Term Care Liability Practices in Wiedner & McAuliffe’s Chicago office. Rick has been rated as an AV Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been with the firm since 1978 and is chairman of the Civil Litigation group. Rick has a broad-based federal and state civil trial and appellate practice. His civil defense practice emphasizes complex tort litigation, employment litigation, and insurance coverage litigation. Rick has played a key role in defending a new trend of lawsuits seeking to impose industry-wide liability on companies. He has experience defending the welding rod industry from claims that welding fumes cause neurological disorders in welders. Rick was involved in the defense of the handgun industry from allegations that the industry was responsible for gun violence.
Rick graduated from Western Michigan University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts. He earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 1977. After law school, Rick served as a judicial clerk for the Michigan Court of Appeals from 1977 to 1978.