Richard was born in Vancouver and grew up in Kelowna, Saskatoon and on Vancouver Island. During high school, Richard competed at a high level in the sport of rowing and following high school he attended the University of Washington, in Seattle to continue with his studies and to row. At the University of Washington Richard's rowing team won a national championship, and finished second in the Thames Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley, UK. Richard returned to Canada after completing his undergraduate degree and attended law school at the University of British Columbia, graduating in 2000. After being licensed to practise in British Columbia, Richard wrote the State Bar of California bar exam. He is licensed to practise law in British Columbia and California.
Richard initially began his practice defending insurance companies in personal injury claims. He quickly realized that he wanted to act in the interest of people and not insurance companies. After a few years of practice Richard left the large downtown Vancouver law firm where he practised. Since that time he has acted solely for injured people.
Richard has successfully achieved settlements, judgments and jury verdicts for clients with all types of injuries. He has acted for clients with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, herniated discs, post traumatic stress disorder, complex chronic pain, depression and anxiety. He has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court, British Columbia Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Richard is the president of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia for the year 2014 and he also serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association). Richard's experience working for insurance companies gives him insight into defence tactics and the inner workings of the insurers who commonly defend claims in British Columbia. Richard's ability to practise law in both Canada and the United States allows him to represent Canadians involved in accidents in the United States in addition to his British Columbia clients.
Richard, his partner Karey, and their daughters, Sydney and Ella, live on the North Shore.
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