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Ric is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and New York State “Super Lawyer” with more than 30 years of experience defending personal injury cases on behalf of individuals, insurance carriers, product manufacturers, employers, municipalities, school districts, contractors, railroads and trucking companies. Ric focuses a significant portion of his practice on legal issues involving municipal and law enforcement liability, county jails, police and sheriff’s departments, and school districts. He defends such entities against lawsuits brought by detainees, as well as employees, students, and third-party plaintiff claims for negligence. Ric has published, lectured and presented seminars for many professional and insurance organizations on topics including risk management, employment and municipal law, New York State Labor Law, capital improvement projects, and anti-harassment training.


Ric enjoys lamp-making, grilling, barbecuing, gardening and home improvement projects with his lovely wife, Dianna, and their daughter, Christina.



  • J.D., State University of New York, University at Buffalo School of Law

  • B.A., English/Political Science, summa cum laude, Canisius College


  • Board Member, Chippewa Alliance

  • Coauthored “I am sorry! Please forgive me! Vacating a Default Judgment in Instances Where Counsel was Inadvertently not Timely Assigned,”The Defendant", Defense Association of New York, Inc., Spring 2017

  • Legal Counsel, Insurance Club of Buffalo

  • “Buffalo Law Journal” and “Business First” “Who’s Who in Law” 

  • Included on the New York Super Lawyers list, 2010, 2013-2024

  • Member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, top one percent of attorneys in United States


  • American Bar Association

  • Defense Research Institute, Officer, Government Liability Committee

  • Erie County Bar Association

  • National Railroad Trial Association

  • New York State Bar Association

  • Western New York Defense Trial Lawyers Association

  • Western New York Insurance Club


  • New York State

  • United States District Court, Western District of New York

  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New York

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