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A former federal prosecutor, Richard Rice is an experienced criminal defense attorney with years of experience both prosecuting and defending criminal cases.  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.  Upon graduation from law school, Richard Rice was an officer in the Navy JAG and had an acquittal rate of over 80% in contested cases.  As an Assistant United States Attorney, Richard Rice was a federal prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) section. For five years, he investigated and prosecuted large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering organizations operating nationally and internationally. Richard Rice conducted some of the most extensive wiretap investigations in the United States, and coordinated multi-jurisdictional and interagency investigations. Richard Rice also investigated and prosecuted the full spectrum of federal crimes, including public corruption, fraud schemes, firearm offenses, bank robberies, and internet crimes. He also prepared and argued numerous appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.






Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    22 years
  2. Federal Crime: 40%
    22 years
  3. Unspecified: 10%
  4. Litigation: 10%
    22 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard A. Grossman

    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.


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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Frank G Podesta

    Elite litigation and criminal defense attorney.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Rice Law Firm, LLC

3495 Piedmont Rd NE
Building 10, Suite 110
Atlanta, GA, 30305


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200407/15/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199403/31/2016
DCInactive 199907/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal Elite -- Criminal DefenseGeorgia Trend Magazine2016
SuperLawyer -- Criminal DefenseSuperLawyers2016
Top 10 Trial LawyerNational Trial Lawyers2015
SuperLawyer -- Criminal DefenseGeorgia Super Lawyers2015
SuperLawyer -- Criminal DefenseGeorgia Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Legal Elite -- Criminal DefenseGeorgia Trend Magazine2014
Legal Elite -- Criminal DefenseGeorgia Business Trend2013
Legal Elite -- Criminal DefenseGeorgia Trend Magazine2012
Legal Elite -- Criminal DefenseGeorgia Trend Magazine2011
Director's AwardU. S. Drug Enforcement Administration2007
Navy Commendation MedalU.S. NavyN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant United States AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia2003 - 2008
Trial AttorneyUnited States Department of Justice2002 - 2003
AssociateHunton & Williams2000 - 2002
AssociateKirkland & Ellis1998 - 2000
Lieutenant CommanderU.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General's Corps1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association (Atlanta Chapter)N/AN/A
United States Supreme Court BarN/AN/A
United States District Court for the Northern District of GeorgiaN/AN/A
United States District Court for the Middle District of GeorgiaN/AN/A
United States District Court for the Eastern District of VirginiaN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Notre Dame Law SchoolN/AJD - Law Degree1994
University of Georgia, AthensN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal EducationWhite Collar Crime2013
CLEDefending against Wiretaps, Consensual Monitoring and Otehr Undercover Techniques2013
Corporate Internal InvestigationsSpeaker, Representing Corporations and Officers during criminal investigations2009
Southeastern Healthcare Fraud InstituteSpeaker, trial strategy in defending healthcare fraud prosecutions2008
Criminal Law for Non-criminal LawyersSpeaker, Continuing education class for attorneys regarding representing criminal defendants in federal and state investigations and prosecutions2008