An experienced negotiator, litigator and trial attorney, Rick has represented individuals and corporations in high-exposure matters in state and federal courts across the country, and has recovered nine-figure settlements for his clients.
Rick has defended and prosecuted numerous antitrust actions. As co-lead counsel in the only two indirect purchaser antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft that have gone to trial, Rick reached a $182 million settlement on behalf of Minnesota consumers and businesses in 2004, and in 2007 he reached a $180 million settlement on behalf of Iowa consumers, businesses, and local governments. That same year in Wisconsin, a third class action against Microsoft resulted in a $224 million settlement.
Rick has also been national litigation counsel for environmental claims on behalf of a major property and casualty insurer. He has successfully defended dozens of multi-party and class action cases for insurer clients involving environmental, product, mass tort, and bad faith claims.
In the entertainment and sports sector, Rick has been on the front lines representing athletes against the NCAA to establish new guidelines for paying “grant-in-aid” scholarships and against the NHL for injuries due to concussive and sub-concussive impacts. He is also an associate member of The Recording Academy (Grammys).
In the commercial arena, Rick has represented plaintiffs and defendants in banking, RICO, unfair trade practices, securities, securities lending, and intellectual property litigation. For instance, Rick has pursued litigation on behalf of consumers against the major airlines for alleged capacity restrictions that cause higher passenger fares and against Volkswagen for its misrepresentations concerning its allegedly “clean diesel” engine installed in some models.