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Frank Richard Ricketts JR

also known as F. Richard Ricketts

About Me


Effective August 1, 2011, I have adopted an income-based approach to legal fees I charge new clients. Every client is assessed at the first meeting to determine how much of a discount they will receive, and every client who has a household income less than $100,000 will receive a discount. Many will receive a discount of 75% off of my standard hourly rate.


This is my attempt to align hourly rates with what people can actually afford to pay, and even extends to the retainer, which is calculated based upon ten hours at the discounted hourly rate.




A brief bit about me...


I am the first person in my family to attend college and went into the Army right out of high school to see the world and figure out some way to pay for college. I was an intelligence analyst and viewed as one of the best in the world at my particular are of specialty. At age 22, I was delivering presentations in the Pentagon regarding the intelligence planning for major military exercises.


I left the military to attend college. I did my undergrad at Seattle University where I majored in Finance. As I contemplated which path to take for grad school, I chose law school, viewing law school as a unique skill set that would benefit me in the corporate world.


During my second year of law school, I was hired by a large Canadian corporation that had purchased a business in Seattle and wanted someone to develop a strategic growth plan for the business unit. This led to a permanent job offer and a relocation to Toronto following graduation.


Working in Toronto had its ups and downs. I found myself completely involved with my job and constantly traveling across North America. The traveling eventually took its toll and maybe I became a little homesick for the Pacific Northwest.


I left the company in 2002 and opened my own law practice in Tacoma. From the beginning, I have been committed to providing value to my clients through hard work, reasonable rates and desired results.


Today, my practice is focused on the following areas:



Family Law

Not for Profits

Trusts and Estate

WIlls and Probate


Languages Spoken: English, Korean

Practice Areas


  1. Family: 75%
    12 years, 500 cases
  2. Business: 20%
    12 years, 250 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 5%
    12 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($63-250/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Carrie Fulton-Brown

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Carrie Fulton-Brown Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas Alan Baldwin JR

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Thomas Baldwin Family Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Law Offices of F. Richard Ricketts, PLLC

1130 Broadway Plaza
Suite 202
Tacoma, WA, 98402



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising Star AwardSuper Lawyer's Magazine2013
Pro Bono Attorney of the YearVolunteer Legal Services/Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association2011
Pro Bono Attorney of the MonthVolunteer Legal Services, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaw Offices of F. Richard Ricketts, PLLC2003 - Present
Director of Corporate DevelopmentWajax Limited1997 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington Society of CPAsBusiness Valuation/Litigation Support Committee Member2008 - Present
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMember2008 - Present
Institute of Management AccountantsCommittee Member--Small Business Committee2007 - Present
Volunteer Legal Services Steering CommitteeCommittee Member2004 - 2006
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Basic Training for Family Law AttorneysBasic Training for Family Law Attorneys2005
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Keller Graduate School of ManagementFinance and AccountingMaster of Accounting and Financial Management2009
Seattle University School of LawCorporate FinanceJD - Juris Doctor - Juris Doctor1998
Seattle UniversityFinanceBA1995
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2008 Institute of Management Accountants Annual ConferenceInternal Controls for Small Businesses2008
Sarbanes Oxley CLESarbanes Oxley Requirements for Small Publicly Held Businesses2007