Rick is a first chair trial lawyer and has tried or arbitrated over thirty cases in venues across the United States. He’s recognized for possessing the ability to creatively handle all of the litigation and negotiation aspects of complex cases. Using these experiences, he also collaborates with clients regarding their risks and opportunities and establishing related legal and business strategies.
Prior to co-founding LeonardMeyer in 2015, Rick served for 16 years as a partner of a large international firm, where he was based in the firm's Chicago and Los Angeles offices and served on the firm's Trial leadership team. His cases have received recognition in the New York Times, Washington Post, Law360, National Law Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business and local newspapers across the country.
First-chaired the defense of debt re-characterization claims brought by junior debtors.
Bankruptcy court refused plaintiffs’ request to treat private equity clients’ $32 million in senior notes
as equity and rejected the plaintiffs’ allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against clients.
Conceived and first-chaired a $410 million interpleader action filed by the largest United States’
tobacco companies against hundreds of plaintiffs’ attorneys. Obtained two separate injunctions
enjoining competing lawsuits, the certification of three defendant classes of plaintiffs’ lawyers and
negotiated the dismissal with prejudice of $2.8 billion in counterclaims without payment by the tobacco companies.
Crafted a “dual arbitration” consisting of a simultaneous international arbitration and a
related arbitration regarding sale goals to be set by an industry expert. Prevailed in the sales goal
arbitration and leveraged victory to achieve a highly favorable contract buyout prior to the
decision in the international arbitration panel.
Defeated a competitor’s request for injunctive relief seeking to enjoin client from entering a
$270 million pharmaceutical contract with Cook County.
First-chaired the defense of large law firm in thirteen related securities fraud arbitrations in
which 300 claimants sought over $200 million. After four years of litigation,
matters favorably resolved for an amount roughly equal to future defense costs.
Shortly before trial, obtained a decision from a California appellate court ordering the trial
court to enter summary judgment in favor of client, a supplier of alcohol beverages, on a
$30 million tortious interference claim brought by distributor.
Won a significant patent licensing arbitration on behalf of a biotech company in an arbitration
brought by the licensor of certain patents. Had previously first-chaired and won a $20 million
patent license dispute involving related science, with the claimant receiving only
a small fraction of amount previously offered in settlement.
Obtained favorable jury verdict on fraud claim against a software development company.
Lead national defense counsel for the author James Frey in over 15 consolidated class actions
relating to the sale of Mr. Frey’s book, A Million Little Pieces.
Lead national defense counsel for a large architectural engineering firm in asbestos litigation.
JD, Indiana University School of Law (Magna Cum Laude), 1991
BA, Indiana University, 1988