Richard has been practicing law since 1983. He is licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington in both state and federal courts. Since 1983, he has represented creditors in state court, federal court and bankruptcy court, both at trial and on appeal. His clients have included banks, commercial finance companies, leasing companies, franchisors, landlords, contractors, commercial suppliers, consumer finance companies, credit unions and individual creditors.
Richard is the co-author of the Bankruptcy Response Manual for Creditors, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1994) and is the author of the 1995 Wiley Bankruptcy Law Update published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. He is also the author of the Involuntary Bankruptcy chapter of Bankruptcy Law published in 1999 by the Oregon State Bar. He has written articles for newspapers, magazines and bar publications, and has been a frequent speaker on credit related matters before trade and industry groups and at seminars for attorneys and credit managers.
Richard has served in various capacities in the Debtor-Creditor Section, including service on the Executive Committee, and planning and presenting at annual meetings and legal education seminars. He is a past director of the Credit Association of Portland.
Richard graduated from Oregon State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, with tours of duty as a communications officer and operations officer on a destroyer and one year in Los Angeles as a media liaison for the West Coast office of the Navy Office of Information. Richard left the Navy in 1980 as a Lieutenant and earned his J.D. (cum laude) from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1983.
While most of my professional career I have represented creditors, I have also appreciated the personal satisfaction of helping individuals and businesses with credit problems and business disputes. In every case I like to focus on the goal, and how to get there quickly and economically. Litigation can be costly — in time, money, energy and resources. Getting a final judgment through protracted fighting isn’t always a win — financially or emotionally, so for the benefit of the client, I always like to explore cost effective alternatives and solutions to resolve problems and end disputes.