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Focus Areas

Examples of Rick’s experience include:

  • Involved in the due diligence and acquisition of cellphone towers across the country on behalf of a client investor in the telecom industry
  • Representation of a NYSE-listed REIT in connection with shopping center outparcel acquisitions, restructurings and dispositions
  • Representation of landlords in negotiation of office, big-box retail and ground leases at regional and super-regional shopping centers across the nation
  • Representation of landlords in office building leases, including laboratory offices within health-sciences research parks for major universities in Baltimore, Maryland and Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Representation of a NYSE-listed REIT in connection with the negotiation of its headquarters’ office lease
  • Oversaw the legal negotiation aspects of all retail and office leasing for a NYSE-listed REIT
  • Representation of local churches on leasing and disposition of diocesan church properties
  • Chairman (2005 – 2007) and member (1999 – 2016) of the planning committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania Retail Development and Law Symposium
  • Panel moderator and speaker for a variety of presentations at national and regional professional symposia since 1999, including CREW Network and ICSC presentations discussing terrorism insurance, and real property leasing and development practice and principles
  • Adjunct professor at Ursuline College (Pepper Pike, Ohio) teaching undergraduate courses in real property law (introduction and intermediate), business and contract law and religious studies (2003 – 2015)
  • Presentations to the North American Patristics Society annual meetings (Chicago, 2005 – 2015), the International Conference on Patristic Studies (Oxford, England, 2007, 2015), and the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies (2005)

Professional Associations

  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • North American Patristics Society

Community Activities

  • President’s Council member, Cleveland International Piano Competition
  • Member, chairman and co-creator of parish finance council for an inner-city church, Immaculate Conception Parish, Cleveland, Ohio (2008-2018)
  • Member, Oblate Council, Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana (since 2019)


  • John Carroll University, M.A., 2005
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court