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Richard Anthony Rice Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   23 reviews
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  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 19 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 25 years
    Virginia - VA 29 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Associate No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    30 years

  2. Federal crime
    30%
    Former federal prosecutor specializing in federal criminal defense, including grand jury and administrative investigations

    30 years

  3. Drug Crime
    10%

  4. Litigation
    10%

    30 years

FORMER FEDERAL PROSECUTOR RICHARD RICE GIVES YOU THE BEST CHANCE OF PRESERVING YOUR FREEDOM.

Former federal prosecutor Richard Rice is an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney. One of the most critical ways to defend a criminal case and demonstrate a client's innocence is knowing what the police should or could have done differently.  As a former federal prosecutor, Richard Rice gives you an advantage that other lawyers will not. Do not miss out on the opportunity to get the best result in your case.

Richard Rice has successfully defended clients charged with the full spectrum of federal and state crimes, including fraud, drug trafficking, health care fraud, public corruption, firearm offenses, bank robberies, and internet crimes. Richard Rice specializes in cases involving electronic and communications surveillance, such as wiretap cases. Upon graduation from law school, Richard Rice was an officer in the United States Navy JAG and had an acquittal rate of over 80% in contested cases.  

 

 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2016
Client's Choice
2023 2016

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Shannon | March 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent criminal defense lawyer
Potentially facing 30+ years jail time, I needed a top-notch criminal defense lawyer. Richard Rice was that man for me. He did some amazing negotiating on my behalf; the judge even commenting on Richard's performing "magic" in his negations in my case. He resolved my case with only light probation and no jail time. Richard also negotiated for all of my seized personal property to be returned to me from both federal and state agencies. Richard is a courtroom winner.
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Posted by Wesley | December 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Business Owner, President
Very experienced and has abundant knowledge in his field. He got us out of the incorrect Federal accusation and we walked out clean. Unlike many other lawyers, he is very responsive and always stays on top of what he does. Definitely the best choice for what you need.
Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
You need Richard on your side--one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Georgia
Richard Rice is one of the best criminal defense lawyers you can find in Georgia. Richard represented me during some of the most difficult years of my life when I faced federal felony charges. He was there for me every step of the way--from the arraignment, discussing our strategy, going over discovery and motions, and negotiating with the government. Most impressively, we were able to have the government initially withdraw their original indictment. Ultimately, although I decided not to go to trial, Richard was ready to fight the matter all the way. After much soul searching, I ended up pleading to a single misdemeanor count, resulting only in probation and a relatively low fine, with NO jail time. Richard discusses all your options intelligently, and he works diligently to meet all deadlines and provides transparency about the process, assessment of the risks and potential outcomes. Richard's past tenure as a former Assistant US Attorney was invaluable--the connections he has to speak with the government, the court, and the probation officers are critical to effective representation. But Richard isn't only just an excellent lawyer--he was compassionate and had great empathy, reaching out to comfort me during the agonizing decisions that had to be made. His services are worth EVERY penny, should you ever be so unlucky to undergo the terrible ordeal of criminal prosecution. He has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
I was referred to Mr. Rice by the managing partner of one of the largest law firms in the United States. Mr. Rice not only quickly and easily extracted my family from a dire situation that could have become catastrophic, but he also assisted us in a variety of legal matters, both domestic and international. I can’t think of a more skillful attorney, and I, personally, do not engage in any legal matter prior to consulting him. He is the best of the best and will always find an answer to any legal situation confronting you. Simply put, he is the MacGyver of attorneys and I wholeheartedly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2024
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Best
The best of the best when it comes to criminal charges I would hire again with out a doubt thanks for helping me
Posted by Markell | February 5, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
The best federal defense lawyer
I was facing a lot of time and I mean alot my I gave me Richard Rice a partial payment and we agreed on the rest would be paid before a certain point and man when I tell you this guy went to work for me like I was his son.there is not enough words to explain it and I would recommend him for anyone that's in need of the best lawyer in Atlanta hands down
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Posted by Andrew | November 7, 2023
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Got the best results possible
From day one Richard told me he would get the best results possible and that he did. He got me the best results based on the numerous felony charges I was facing. Very pleased with the outcome of my case. Great job Richard
Posted by Jim | September 20, 2023
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I choose the right attorney.
Richard Rice represented me in a wire fraud case where funds from my account were illegally withdrawn from my checking account by a third party and send to another bank. The receiving bank, upon notification, did, hold my funds but was unwilling to return said funds to me in a timely manner. Richard stepped in and was able to have the receiving bank return my funds, which the receiptant bank had been holding for some time, the next day after being notified by Richard that the bank was illegally holding my funds. Richard was recommended to me by an attorney friend who whose colleague had been on the 'other side' in a legal action and was very impressed with the manner in which Richard handled his client's case. Richard’s attention to my case resulted in the immediate release of my funds.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Charges dropped!
Richard was fantastic from the first call on. I had some serious criminal charges against me that likely would have cost me my job as well as jail time. His calm demeanor made me feel as comfortable as possible during what would normally be a very stressful time. We went to court and watching him work was rather impressive as you could see how experienced he was and made me feel confident that I was going to be ok. He had the charges completely dismissed! I cannot express my gratitude enough. Absolutely recommend to anyone and everyone!
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Posted by Kristi | July 13, 2023
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Responsive with Results!
First of all my case was handled with the utmost care. I needed to respond to the civil forfeiture complaint within a few days and Richard was able to accomplish this for me successfully. He was very responsive, professional, sensitive to my situation, and honest. I was nervous about what the end result would be, but was fairly confident the results would be in my favor because I trusted in his expertise and I’m so glad I did. Although I face some other difficult obstacles - this particular battle is won thanks to Mr. Rice. I would highly recommend him to anyone who has a need for an expert with forfeiture cases. I cannot thank him enough for all of his help!
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Posted by Ilene | May 2, 2023
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Corporate Executive
I reach out to Atty. Rice probably (3) weeks before my trial would start, my situation was very serious, His knowledge base as Federal Prosecutor I think made my situation and outcome a lot better. He is very detail and also communicate in terms where a non legal person can understand. He will be tight and structure for your defense, to the point you think you are his special client, it's the way he communicate and present your situation for your defense. I pray never will have another situation but I would definitely hire Atty. Rice again
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2022
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A Phenomenal Lawyer And A Phenomenal Human Being!
Richard A Rice Jr. is a phenomenal lawyer and a phenomenal human being! I had a case pending with my driver's license that needed to be resolved and, after researching many lawyers, he was the only lawyer I spoke to who I knew would be able to find the best solution. He created a game plan and executed it to perfection. Richard A Rice Jr. is pleasant, kind, calm and filled with genuine empathy towards the people he helps and you can tell he has a true love for his profession. Not only is he an amazing attorney but he is also a man of outstanding character - exhibiting excellence and professionalism in everything he does. I am eternally grateful and thankful to Richard A Rice Jr. for everything he did before, during and after the case. When I lost all my credit cards just before the hearing he paid the fee to ensure that everything was completed, finalized and confirmed the very same day with the best possible outcome. I know for sure that this would not have been possible without his expertise, knowledge, guidance and support. Most importantly, all the worry and weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I can feel at peace knowing that I can live a normal, peaceful and happy life. I owe all of this to the phenomenal work Richard A Rice Jr. did on my behalf. May God richly bless him and his family continually. If you are looking for the absolute best attorney that will give you the absolute best result then Richard A Rice Jr. is wholeheartedly the absolute best choice!
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Posted by Todd | April 1, 2022
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Federal case defense
Richard reduced my level of anxiety by showing genuine care and exhibiting great confidence in his ability. I was very impressed and extremely thankful. My Family is thankful and we could no have prayed for a better attorney to represent me.
Posted by Steven Smith | May 8, 2021
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CEO
I hired Richard Rice to defend me on a wrongful claim against me. Unlike most lawyers he did exactly what he set out to do and completely vindicated me. I would strongly recommend him to anyone. He is honest and kept his word!
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best criminal lawyer
Mr. Rice is an excellent attorney. I hired him to handle some very serious federal criminal charges that I was facing and was looking at a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence. He was able through negotiations with the prosecutor to get me a plea deal that was better than I could've imagined. At sentencing he was also able to get the judge to vary downward for an additional year off of my sentence. He was always available to answer any questions that I had and is very professional. If you're faced with serious criminal charges and are unsure of which attorney to hire, don't live with years of regret and give Mr. Rice a call today!
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Posted by Mehran | April 22, 2021
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Great work and very efficient
I was referred to Richard by a business friend. We hired his firm to help us with preparing a new operating agreement in a complicated business matter with the heirs of a deceased partner. Richard was very professional and quick in preparing the document that all parties agreed to. He made my life a lot easier with his professionalism and knowledge. Would definitely use him in the future and recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2021
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Litigation Assistance
Richard assisted me with a deposition matter and did a great job. He helped me to understand the specific risks and best processes in a manner that was clear and easy to understand. I'd highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
One of Atlanta's Best Criminal Defense Attorneys
Richard Rice is one of the best criminal defense lawyers you can find in Georgia. Richard represented me during some of the most difficult years of my life when I faced federal felony charges. He was there for me every step of the way--from the arraignment, discussing our strategy, going over discovery and motions, and negotiating with the government. Most impressively, we were able to have the government initially withdraw their original indictment. Ultimately, although I decided not to go to trial, Richard was ready to fight the matter all the way. After much soul searching, I ended up pleading to a single misdemeanor count, resulting only in probation and a relatively low fine, with NO jail time. Richard discusses all your options intelligently, and he works diligently to meet all deadlines and provides transparency about the process, assessment of the risks and potential outcomes. Richard's past tenure as a former Assistant US Attorney was invaluable--the connections he has to speak with the government, the court, and the probation officers are critical to effective representation. But Richard isn't only just an excellent lawyer--he was compassionate and had great empathy, reaching out to comfort me during the agonizing decisions that had to be made. His services are worth EVERY penny, should you ever be so unlucky to undergo the terrible ordeal of criminal prosecution. He has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
You want Richard on your side
Richard has represented our family on two occasions. He was sharp and aggressive. We were very happy with both results. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Standing Up for the Little Guy
I contacted Richard when my former employer took a hard stance on an issue with my departure. They were seeking to make a big example out of me for any and all future employees. There initial tactic to frighten me worked and sent me seeking my own counsel. I was referred to Richard by several friends independently, and it was easily the best decision I made for my problem. From the moment I hired Richard to represent me, I felt much more in control of my situation and a lot less helpless. Within a few weeks of hiring him, cooler heads were beginning of prevail, and he was successful in helping back them off their initial position. Without Richard, I am certain that this would have ended up with a much different result. I would absolutely and without hesitation recommend Richard to anyone who is facing a facing either a potential or actual criminal problem. He knows his stuff and his ability to work his relationships and develop rapport with the other side will definitely fall in your favor.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Trial Attorney
  • United States Department of Justice
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Hunton & Williams
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Lieutenant Commander
  • U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 1994 - 1998
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Education

  • Notre Dame University
  • JD - Law Degree
  • 1994
  • University of Georgia, Athens
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association (Atlanta Chapter)
  • N/A
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • N/A
  • Mensa International
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Atlanta Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Sorin Society of the University of Notre Dame
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The Army Navy Club of Washington, D.C.
  • Member
  • N/A
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer -- Criminal Defense
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Legal Elite -- Criminal Defense
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2016
  • SuperLawyer -- Criminal Defense
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Trial Lawyer
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite -- Criminal Defense
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2014
  • SuperLawyer -- Criminal Defense
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite -- Criminal Defense
  • Georgia Business Trend
  • 2013
  • Legal Elite -- Criminal Defense
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite -- Criminal Defense
  • Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • Director's Award
  • U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • 2007
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • U.S. Navy
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • White Collar Crime
  • 2013
  • CLE
  • Defending against Wiretaps, Consensual Monitoring and Otehr Undercover Techniques
  • 2013
  • Corporate Internal Investigations
  • Speaker, Representing Corporations and Officers during criminal investigations
  • 2009
  • Southeastern Healthcare Fraud Institute
  • Speaker, trial strategy in defending healthcare fraud prosecutions
  • 2008
  • Criminal Law for Non-criminal Lawyers
  • Speaker, Continuing education class for attorneys regarding representing criminal defendants in federal and state investigations and prosecutions
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been impressed with Richard's legal acumen since he was an Assistant United States Attorney. Having worked on a case with him as a defense lawyer I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a defense lawyer in a serious criminal case."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elite litigation and criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Richard since 2003 when we worked together in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta. I quickly recognized Richard as one of the most intelligent and effective attorneys in the office. I observed Richard handle complex cases with confidence. Richard now uses his considerable skills for his clients. Richard will always be the best-prepared attorney working on a matter. Though his legal skills are immense, he never relents in preparation. Richard is, without question, a top tier lawyer. I wholeheartedly endorse Richard."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"Richard Rice is an outstanding trial lawyer and I would highly recommend him. I worked with Richard a few years ago and he always gave his clients outstanding representation."
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Atlanta Criminal defense Lawyer Richard Anthony Rice Jr.
Richard Anthony Rice Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 29 years
Free Consultation
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