Representing business clients ranging from start-ups to public companies, I especially enjoy helping clients raise capital from investors and communicate with shareholders. My legal practice has also focused on negotiating mergers, acquisitions and sales of public and private businesses.
As a corporate/securities attorney, I register public company securities with the SEC and prepare public company periodic reports, including proxy statements, quarterly and annual reports, and other shareholder communications. I also handle regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters, including entity formation for corporations and limited liability companies, and advise clients with regard to shareholder, officer and board fiduciary duties.
A business lawyer with a business background prior to practicing law, I previously owned and operated a consulting practice providing inventory management services to domestic and international clients. I also have a background in restaurant management and agriculture production. A native of the Inland Northwest, I lived and worked in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Copenhagen, Denmark before returning to Spokane to begin my law practice and raise my family.
Licensed since 2001
I had a very positive experience working with Rick in connection with a securities offering. I found Rick to be thorough, highly responsive and easy to work with. He demonstrated great knowledge of applicable securities laws and an ability to think creatively and find practical solutions.
Matthew Topham Financial Markets and Services Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|ID||Authorized to practice law||2002||08/12/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|20 Under 40 "Rising Star"||Spokane Business Catalyst||2007|
|Principal||Witherspoon Kelley||2001 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Spokane Angel Alliance||Board of Directors, Past-Chair||2011 - Present|
|Spokane Club||Board of Trustees, Past-Chair||2010 - Present|
|Habitat for Humanity Spokane||Board of Directors, Past-Chair||2010 - Present|
|Spokane Society of Young Professionals||Board of Directors||2005 - 2010|
|United States District Court, Idaho||Member||2001 - Present|
|Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network||Regional Committee Chair||2001 - Present|
|Sterling Financial Corporation / Klamath First Bancorp, Inc.||Acquisition completed.|
|Sterling Financial Corporation / Golf Savings Bank||Acquisition completed.|
|Sterling Financial Corporation / FirstBank Northwest.||Acquisition completed.|
|Witherspoon Kelley Update||SEC Opens Door to Marketing Private Offerings||2013|
|Idaho Law Review||Biotech Pollution: Assessing Liability for Genetically Modified Crop Production and Genetic Drift||2001|
|University of Idaho||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Cornell University||Hotel and Restaurant Management||BS - Bachelor of Science||1992|
|Equity Crowdfunding Seminar||Equity Crowdfunding||2014|
|4th Annual Business Law Symposium/CLE||Current Trends in Private Placements||2014|
|2014 Investment Capital Forum||Communicating with Investors||2014|
|Attorney's Guide to Accounting||Catching Red Flags and Identifying Fraud||2013|
|3rd Annual Business Law Symposium||Say on Pay as a Shareholder Tool||2013|
|2013 Investment Capital Forum||Crowdfunding and General Solicitation after the Jobs Act||2013|
|Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act Symposium||1934 Act Company Compliance||2011|
|Internal Controls in Washington||Overview of Sarbanes-Oxley Application to Legal and Reporting Requirements||2005|