As Group Leader of Ulmer’s White Collar Defense Practice Group, Rick focuses his practice on representing individuals, companies, and organizations in white collar, antitrust, internal investigations, and complex business matters. He is a trial lawyer who draws on his more than 20 years as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division to counsel the firm’s clients on a wide variety of matters. These include criminal and civil violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act and related federal and state antitrust laws, securities, financial, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), RICO, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, tax violations, public theft, bribery, obstruction of justice, perjury, false statements, conspiracy, trade secrets, kickbacks, and criminal and civil asset forfeiture.
At the U.S. Department of Justice and more recently at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio, Rick was a no-nonsense, hands-on prosecutor who led complex international, national, and local white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions against individuals and corporations, including in a number of high profile, industry-transforming matters. This experience enables him to provide his clients with a valuable combination of practical legal counsel and government perspective. As a prosecutor, he spent his time building cases from the ground up. As a defense lawyer, he now uses that same skill set to deconstruct, unbundle, and defend investigations and cases brought by the government. For much of his career, Rick’s experience involved handling high-volume, sophisticated, document heavy investigations and prosecutions and he continues to handle these types of cases for his clients at Ulmer.
Rick’s practice also involves antitrust litigation and counsel. In addition to serving as first chair in antitrust trials involving price fixing, bid rigging, and market allocation, he routinely counsels clients on pricing, sales, and distribution policies, price discrimination under the Robinson Patman Act and related statutes, Resale Price Maintenance Agreements and the value of Colgate and MAP policies, mergers and acquisitions and related antitrust risk from federal antitrust law enforcement agencies, trade association activities, amnesty considerations under the Antitrust Division’s Corporate Leniency program, antitrust compliance programs, and myriad other antitrust matters. He also has extensive expertise in handling all phases of grand jury matters.
Widely respected as a federal prosecutor, Rick received the Office of the Inspector General Award for Excellence in 2009 for his role in the historic airlines price fixing investigation and prosecution, as well as numerous awards for sustained superior performance and individual or specific achievement. He was also handpicked for several prominent Antitrust Division-based trial groups and initiatives established by the Assistant and Deputy Assistant Attorneys General.
(B.A., cum laude, 1984)
(J.D., 1987) The Duquesne Law Review, Executive Editor of Recent Decisions (1986-87), Associate Editor (1985-86); Recipient, Thomas J. and Rose Brennan McManus Award; Recipient, Edward I. Goldberg Award
(LL.M., 1988) (Focused on additional antitrust and labor law coursework and wrote a thesis regarding the application of economic principles and labor law exemptions to antitrust law.)
U.S. Department of Justice
Additional Antitrust Experience