Attorney at Law
Education / Associations
- Richard obtained his Juris Doctorate from U.C. Davis, School of Law
- He he was an Executive Editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review, Chairman of the Trial Practice Honors Board, and earned two American Jurisprudence Awards
Richard has been a part of the G&A team for 5 years and his current practice includes defense of peace officers and firefighters in civil and administrative matters, including writs of mandate and appellate review involving disciplinary matters; Industrial Disability Retirement Appeals (CalPERS and CERL); State Personnel Board practice.
A labor and employment attorney for 22 years, over the course of his career Richard has worked in both the private and public sectors including as a Deputy Attorney General and Staff Counsel to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and Department of Conservation.
Richard also has extensive experience in administrative law, having handled or overseen hundreds of administrative law matters, including as an administrative law judge from 2010 -2013.
Richard initially practiced employment litigation with Downey Brand, LLP before joining the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor. He then served in various state attorney positions over the next two decades.
On the private sector side, in addition to his experience with Downey Brand, Richard has practiced education law, including labor negotiations and certificated teacher discipline, and estate planning and probate law. He has litigated at the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal court.
He has also owned several businesses and has been self-employed in the practice of law and the area of commercial real estate brokerage.
Outside of work, Richard enjoys golf, tennis, and classical political philosophy.
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