born Spartanburg, SC, in 1947; admitted to SC Bar 1975. Education: Methodist College (B.A., cum laude, 1969); Washington College of Law School (American University) and University of South Carolina Law School (J.D. 1975); Instructor at Spartanburg Methodist College 1981-1982. Served on numerous committees with SC Bar Association; was Assistant Solicitor for Spartanburg County 1978-1984; has been voted as Best Lawyers in America since 2009 in criminal defense and personal injury.www.bestlawyers.com South Carolina Super Lawyers, 2010. AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1995. Among cases tried in both state and federal courts include the nation's first federal arson death penalty trial. USA vs. Eric Hans in 2007. Served in US Navy 1969-1974 and was stationed in Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC as a congressional liaison as an E-5 under Admiral Zumwalt, Chief of Naval Operations. Rick lives with his wife in Taylors, SC and is a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Spartanburg. He is past President of the South Carolina Golf Association and serves as Chairman of the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation.