Richard, a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, is such an accomplished and well-rounded guy that he’s equally comfortable hanging out with Supreme Court Justices like the late Antonin Scalia (Richard met Scalia during a summer law school program in the Greek Islands) as he is playing Fortnite or singing karaoke with one of his four sons.
With a J.D. degree from Tulane Law School, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi (a society limited to the top third of the class), Richard has extensive experience in family law. He practiced divorce law at several of the premier matrimonial firms in Chicago, including Berger Schatz and Rosenfeld Hafron Shapiro & Farmer. While Richard was with the latter firm, it secured one of the largest divorce judgments in U.S. history, getting more than $200 million for its client. Phew!
Richard has worked at general practice firms, too, so his experience is in a wide variety of areas of the law, and he has also worked for mid-market investment banks, which means he has extensive knowledge of financial statements and valuation methods.
Are you impressed yet? But wait … we’re just getting started! In addition to his J.D., Richard has a B.A. in Politics from Wake Forest University, where he graduated with honors and was a Poteat Scholarship recipient. He studied economics in London for a semester and went on to receive an MBA from Regent University, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient. He even completed graduate coursework in taxation at Georgetown Law School, and he interned for the Hon. William Pryor who was eventually appointed to the Federal Courts by President George W. Bush. Now he’s on the teaching side of education, having taught at continuing education seminars for attorneys on topics ranging from trial techniques to business valuations to legal ethics.
Richard is also a world traveler, having visited Australia and the Middle East, and he has lived in a variety of places. His favorite was New Orleans, but he’s a Sanford, North Carolina boy, born and bred and is happy to be back in his home state. His mother is from Australia, and his father is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. According to his father’s genealogical research, he’s also a direct descendent of Robert the Bruce, a king of Scotland who led the Scots to victory in battle as portrayed in the movie, “Braveheart.”
As proof that he’s a North Carolina son, Richard loves ACC basketball and is just enough of a glutton for punishment to keep rooting enthusiastically for the Wake Forest basketball team. When he’s not watching basketball, he likes to spend his spare time sport shooting, playing club rugby, and practicing tae kwan do.
One of Richard’s great loves in his life, though, is his work. “I love fighting for people’s rights,” he says. “I am fearless and relentless. I love being in a courtroom, and I care about my clients.” He models this as the current President of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, where he has served on the Board for many years. He is also a member of Crossroads Fellowship church.
|Wake Forest University||Politics||BA- Bachelor of Arts|
|Regent University||Business||MBA- Master of Business Administration|
|Tulane Law School||Law||JD- Juris Doctor|
|Member||NC Bar Association||2013 – present|
|Member||Wake County Bar Association||2013 – present|
|Member||Illinois Bar Association||2004 – 2009|
|Member||Chicago Bar Association||2006 – 2009|
|Member||DuPage County Bar Association||2006 – 2009|