About

Experience

Rich has conducted numerous trials in Michigan State courts including felony and misdemeanor criminal trials as both defense counsel and as an assistant prosecuting attorney. Rich’s civil litigation experience includes business disputes, contract disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, domestic disputes and construction disputes. Rich also has corporate law and transaction experience, including negotiation and preparation of contract documents for business clients, regulatory compliance for charitable organization fundraising and small business set-up.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Rich earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he played football for the legendary coach, Bo Schembechler. Rich was an All Big Ten First Team Offensive Tackle and an Honorable Mention All-American. Rich also played six years in the National Football league (NFL) for the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills. After football, Rich earned his real estate sales license, sold real estate, held other types of sales positions and worked for Oakland County’s Risk Management and Development and Planning Departments.

Rich worked full time while completing law school, in the evenings, at Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University Law School).

Education

• Michigan State University College of Law – Detroit, Michigan | J.D., cum laude, 1999
• University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan | BGS degree, 1983

Professional Activities

• State Bar of Michigan
• Oakland County Bar Association
• Former Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor
• Former attorney with the law firm of Butzel Long

Volunteering and Recognition

Orion Area Youth Assistance Board of Directors
March of Dimes South East Michigan, Board of Directors
Community Legal Resources Volunteer of the quarter 2003
Detroit Lions Retired Football Player Charity, Daddy Daughter Dance “Great Dad” Honor 2005
1987 Co-Recipient of Professional Athlete volunteer recognition by Michigan Special Olympics

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