I focus my practice on advising new businesses on the formation of corpora¬tions and other business structures, drafting contracts and counseling clients on business and real estate transactions. I serve as general counsel to many busi¬nesses and have substantial experience working with in-house counsel. In addi¬tion to my legal background and training, I bring real world experience to busi¬ness clients. I have personally participated in the start-up and operation of companies and the development of real property.
In addition to my business practice, I litigated important and novel civil cases and have argued before the California Superior Courts, Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court. Several of my cases have resulted in published opinions.
My horizons have been broadened through service in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, having lived abroad in France and Belgium, and engaging in community service. I enjoy a variety of sports and other outdoor activities.
I reside in Santa Barbara, California with my wife and four children.
Languages Spoken: French
Licensed since 2003
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Honorable Discharge||United States Marine Corps||2002|
|National Defense Service Medal||United States Marine Corps||1995|
|Eagle Scout||Boy Scouts of America||N/A|
|Attorney||Ricks Law||2007 - Present|
|Attorney||Chaparral Construction & Development||2006 - 2009|
|Attorney||Wilbur Foundation||2003 - 2009|
|Attorney||Ricks & Associates||2003 - 2007|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||N/A||2003 - Present|
|Kapner v. Meadowlark Ranch Ass'n (2004) 11 Cal. Rptr.3d 138||New law on prescriptive easements.|
|In re Marriage of Benson (2005) 36 Cal.4th 1096||New law on transmutation of property|
|Greka Integrated, Inc. v. Lowrey (2006) 133 Cal.App.4th 1572||New law on SLAPP lawsuits|
|Brigham Young University||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|Santa Barbara COL||N/A||law||N/A|
|Santa Barbara Institute of Religion||Law and Religion||2008|
|Santa Barbara Ward||Service||2007|
|Santa Barbara Institute of Religion||Law and Religion||2007|
|Professional education||Selecting a business entity||2007|
|Street Law||Bill of Rights||2006|
|Mesa Vista Ward||Estate Planning||2006|