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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

Practice areas


  1. Business: 25%
    14 years
  2. Construction: 25%
    14 years
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
    14 years
  4. Corporate: 25%
    14 years


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Ricks Law

111 Fells Way
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Honorable DischargeUnited States Marine Corps2002
National Defense Service MedalUnited States Marine Corps1995
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of AmericaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRicks Law2007 - Present
AttorneyChaparral Construction & Development2006 - 2009
AttorneyWilbur Foundation2003 - 2009
AttorneyRicks & Associates2003 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kapner v. Meadowlark Ranch Ass'n (2004) 11 Cal. Rptr.3d 138New law on prescriptive easements.
In re Marriage of Benson (2005) 36 Cal.4th 1096New law on transmutation of property
Greka Integrated, Inc. v. Lowrey (2006) 133 Cal.App.4th 1572New law on SLAPP lawsuits
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young UniversityN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Santa Barbara College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Santa Barbara Institute of ReligionLaw and Religion2008
Santa Barbara WardService2007
Santa Barbara Institute of ReligionLaw and Religion2007
Professional educationSelecting a business entity2007
Street LawTorts2006
Street LawContracts2006
Street LawBill of Rights2006
Mesa Vista WardEstate Planning2006