Rick provides clients with skilled and responsive representation in the areas of fire loss, insurance, construction, product liability and commercial litigation. For 30 years, he has represented clients in courts of almost every Indiana county, the Indiana appellate courts, and the Seventh Circuit federal courts.
Rick has represented companies, insurers and insureds in fire litigation matters. He has litigated fire cases involving defective products, gas and propane explosions, fire suppression systems and suspected arson. His clients frequently engage him to assist in securing the fire scene and evidence, selecting experts to determine the cause and origin of the fire, and working with government officials and experts during their investigations. He is familiar with the intricacies of fire litigation including NFPA guidelines and code regulations.
Rick also represents clients on insurance litigation matters. Clients frequently ask Rick to analyze and litigate complex insurance coverage questions relating to commercial general liability, automobile, property and homeowner policies. He represents clients in insurance coverage disputes including declaratory judgment actions, bad faith defense and suspected insurance fraud claims. Rick is a frequent author and lecturer on insurance law and trial tactics and co-authors an electronic newsletter highlighting significant Indiana court decisions in the field of insurance law.
After representing clients in attending hundreds of mediations, Rick now provides services as a mediator. Rick is a registered mediator who mediates in all areas of his practice. Based upon his experience in insurance coverage matters, he feels his services in that area addresses a need for experienced mediators.
Rick is a former collegiate baseball player, and enjoys playing softball, following his favorite sports teams, studying the Civil War, and traveling.