Education University of New Mexico (J.D., magna cum laude, 1980) Columbia University (M.A., 1973) Stevens Institute of Technology (B.S., magna cum laude, 1971)
Professional Experience Mr. Ricco is a director in the Albuquerque office. He has practiced with Rodey since completing a judicial clerkship in 1981. Mr. Ricco is a New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization certified specialist in appellate practice and a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He concentrates his practice in appellate law. He has handled numerous appeals in the state and federal courts in a wide variety of legal areas, including civil rights, constitutional law, antitrust, commercial law, torts, administrative law, intellectual property, workers' compensation and other subjects. Mr. Ricco's practice also includes complex litigation at the trial court level. In addition, he practices in health law, where his work primarily involves the representation of hospitals and other institutional health care providers. He has achieved the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating. Mr. Ricco is a co-author of the New Mexico practice chapter of the Appellate Practice Compendium, published by the American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers, 2012.
Professional Memberships and Activities
New Mexico Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure (1999-2004, 2007-present) New Mexico Supreme Court Committee on Uniform Jury Instructions for Civil Cases (1986-1998) Appellate Practice Specialty Committee (1997-2005) State Bar of New Mexico (Appellate Practice Section; Health Law Section) American Bar Association (Section of Litigation, Appellate Practice Committee; Council of Appellate Lawyers; Health Law Section) Adjunct Professor of Law, University of New Mexico School of Law
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation, and Health Care Law) Mr. Ricco was named Albuquerque Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year-2012 by Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Ricco has been listed annually in Southwest Super Lawyers since 2007 for his expertise and experience in appellate practice. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 he was listed in that publication as one of the Top 25 Lawyers in New Mexico.
Reversed $700,000 of a $1 million punitive damage award for defamation, on the ground that the punitive damages were unconstitutionally excessive. Aken v. Plains Electric Generation & Transmission Cooperative, Inc., 2002-NMSC-021, 132 N.M. 401, 49 P.3d 662. Upheld a defense verdict on a claim of infringement of a copyright in architectural drawings and related Lanham Act and state law violations. La Resolana Architects, PA v. Reno, Inc., 555 F.3d 1171 (10th Cir. 2009). Upheld a defense summary judgment in a multiple wrongful death case on the ground that a property owner had no duty to the victims of a drive-by shooting. Romero v. Giant Stop-N-Go of New Mexico, Inc., 2009-NMCA-059, 146 N.M. 520, 212 P.3d 408. Upheld a wrongful death verdict against a hospital for the family of a law enforcement officer killed in a helicopter crash, based on the hospital’s negligent selection of a helicopter air ambulance service provider. Talbott v. Roswell Hospital Corp., 2008-NMCA-114, 144 N.M. 753, 192 P.3d 267. Upheld a district court’s refusal to confirm an award for a labor union in an interest arbitration proceeding, on the ground that the arbitrator’s mediation-like process did not comply with a statutory requirement of binding final-offer arbitration. National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees Dist. No. 1199 v. Regents of University of New Mexico, 2010-NMCA-102, 149 N.M. 107, 245 P.3d 51. Obtained an emergency writ of mandamus against the New Mexico Secretary of State on the threshold of a national election, requiring the Secretary of State to comply with the statutory procedure for counting improperly marked paper ballots. State ex rel. League of Women Voters of New Mexico v. Herrera, 2009-NMSC-003, 145 N.M. 563, 203 P.3d 94.