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Buffalo State, State University of New York, B.A., Summa Cum Laude 

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude

Rick joined Hodgson Russ as an associate in 1983 and became a partner in 1990. He concentrated his practice on complex environmental matters and the law governing lawyers. Rick also served the firm as its co-general counsel and loss prevention partner, and as a member of its board of directors and compensation committee for more than two decades. He served as the firm's managing partner from 2016 to February 2022.


  • Listed, Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal’s Legal Elite of Western New York Legal Leader, 2017 - 2020

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Environmental Law) 2014 - 2022
  • Listed, Buffalo Environmental Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Best Lawyers in America, 2018, 2020
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, (Environmental) 2007 - 2021
  • Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Buffalo Business First's Who's Who in Law (Environmental Law)
  • Buffalo Business First's Power 250, 2019 - 2021

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Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association: Environmental Law Section
  • Trustee: United States Law Firm Group

Community & Pro Bono

  • Founding Member & Co-Chair, Board of Directors: EduNations, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors: Sierra Leone Alliance of Western New York
  • Member, Board of Directors: Invest Buffalo Niagara
  • Member, Steering Committee: First Tee Foundation of Western New York