Rick is a native of Des Moines. He attended St. Theresa's Catholic Grade School and Dowling High School before attending undergraduate and law schools at Creighton University, in Omaha. Upon passing the bar in Iowa and Nebraska in 1973, he started practice in Creston, in Southwestern, Iowa. He continued there until 1980 when he moved back to Des Moines. Upon moving to Des Moines, he joined Larry Scalise and John Sandre and others in the firm of Scalise, Scism, Gentry, Brick & Brick. Members of that firm later formed the firm of Scalise, Sandre, Uhl & McConville.