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Overview

Richard is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator and concentrates his practice in the areas of trust & estate litigation, contested guardianships, business litigation, banking & financial institutions and mediation and arbitration.  He handles contested estate and trust matters, breach of fiduciary duty litigation, and representation of the fiduciaries or beneficiaries of estates and trusts. Richard represents clients in complex business disputes, contract disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, as well as real property litigation and foreclosures. In 2018, Richard was listed by Naples Illustrated as a "Top Lawyer" in the practice area of alternate dispute resolution

In addition, Richard is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) certified arbitrator and represents clients in securities and investor-related disputes. Richard is admitted in all Florida State Courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. 

Prior to law school, Richard was a chief executive officer for a public/private economic development alliance in Alabama and formerly Vice President of the Greater Brandon (Florida) Chamber of Commerce where he acted as a liaison between the business community and governmental agencies concerning all aspects of community development. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin in 2008, Richard was a partner with a Naples law firm. He currently resides in Naples with his wife and children.

Professional And Civic Affiliations

Richard is very active in the community and serves on the Board of Naples Christian Academy. He is also a member on the Board of Directors and currently serves as Chairman of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. Rich is former Chairman of the Board of the Bonita Springs/Estero Economic Development Council (BSEEDC).