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Since 1997, Robert Rikard has handled a wide range of complex civil and criminal cases all over the United States.  Today, Mr. Rikard’s practice focuses on complex civil, criminal and business litigation, with a focus on nursing home and residential care malpractice, tractor-trailer crashes, medical malpractice, and financial abuse of the elderly. Mr. Rikard is admitted to the South Carolina Bar; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals; and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.


In each case, Mr. Rikard prides himself in bringing a unique set of problem-solving tools and skills to whatever issues are facing his client in order to achieve a favorable resolution.


Please feel free to contact Mr. Rikard at


Practice areas


  1. Nursing Home Abuse: 50%
    19 years, 50 cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    19 years, 100 cases
  3. Trucking Accident: 15%
    Less than 1 year
  4. Investment Fraud: 10%
    19 years



Hourly ($300-550/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

18 total 

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  • Patrick James McLaughlin

    Robert is an excellent attorney and one of the lawyers I contact when I've got a question. I would not hesitate to refer a client to him.


    Patrick McLaughlin Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dirk Julius Derrick

    Robert is a high quality attorney and I would recommend his services.


    Dirk Derrick Trucking accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Rikard & Protopapas LLC

P.O. Box 5640
Columbia, SC, 29250


SCGood Standing199703/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of the BarristersUSC Law School1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRikard & Protopapas LLC2010 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Order of BarristersMemberN/A
Richland County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
South Carolina BarMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
South Carolina Association of JusticeBoard of GovernorsN/A
American Association for JusticePast Co-Chair Public EducationN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Thompson v. S.C. Dept. TransportationJury Verdict for 3 million dollars
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Justice BulletinEditor's Bulletin2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of South CarolinaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mass Torts Made PerfectLitigating Qui Tams and Financial Cases2013
S.C. Trial Lawyers Summer ConventionTechnology Inside and Outside of the Courtroom2006
Mealy's Ephedra and PPA Litigation ConferenceExpert Admissibility in Ephedra Cases2005