Rick began his practice after graduating from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1987 as an associate in the Cleveland offices of the national law firm, Baker & Hostetler, LLP. At Baker & Hostetler, Rick concentrated his practice in the areas of corporate law, real estate and litigation. He practiced at Baker & Hostetler until 1990, gaining valuable experience representing clients in highly complex business transactions.
At Sonkin • Koberna, Rick has continued to represent a diverse group of clients in all aspects of business and real estate law. He represents both closely-held organizations and large, national corporations. Rick has significant experience in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and other matters involving commercial landlords and tenants. Since many of Rick's clients are closely-held businesses, he has developed significant experience providing the owners of these businesses with succession planning advice and "general counsel" services. Rick has also represented buyers and sellers in highly sophisticated asset and stock acquisitions. His experience also includes the negotiation and drafting of many other types of contracts, including construction contracts, partnership and operating agreements, distributorship agreements, franchise agreements and employment contracts.
In addition to his business and real estate background, Rick represents individuals and companies in a wide variety of litigation, including construction disputes, business disputes and personal injury. He has significant involvement with the representation of automobile dealerships, and currently represents numerous automobile dealerships in Ohio and elsewhere.