Richard was born in Charleston and attended local public schools. He graduated from Rivers High School, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University and earned his law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law. In 1987, Richard was appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court to the South Carolina Judicial Council, and from 2002 to 2003, he served as President of the South Carolina Bar.
Throughout his long and varied career, Richard has represented clients in matters including products liability, securities fraud, shareholder and partnership disputes, unfair trade practices and personal injury litigation. He holds the highest professional rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Business Litigation, Personal Injury, and Probate & Trust Litigation. He has also been named one of the top 25 lawyers in the State of South Carolina in Super Lawyers Magazine.
Despite his illustrious list of accolades, Richard derives the most professional fulfillment from receiving a peer referral, which conveys the “trust that my lawyer friends have in me”.