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Rick understands that, whether it’s an accident case or a multi-million dollar commercial case, the client deserves the kind of hands-on, personal attention that he delivers. He believes his clients are best served when he gives them honest, straightforward advice based on a thorough understanding of the facts and the law regarding the client’s case.

A 1970 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and former pilot in the Air Force, Rick  has spent his entire legal career in private practice in the Denver area. He and Laurie, his wife of thirty-seven years, are the proud parents of two sons. He enjoys reading, music, skiing, golf and competing in basketball against kids half his age.


Practice areas

  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    35 years
  2. Contracts: 25%
    35 years
  3. Workers Compensation: 15%
    35 years



Hourly ($200-350/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

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Contact info

1331 17th Street
Suite 800
Denver, CO, 80202


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderDarling Milligan Smith & Lesch, PC2004 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of Richard J. Lesch1981 - 2003
AttorneyEpstein, Lozow and Preblud, P.C.1978 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
American Law InstituteMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tucker v. Volunteers of America (a/k/a) Volunteers of America v. GardenschwartzWin
Diltmar v. Joe Dickerson & Associates, LLC, 9 P.3d 1145N/A
Sneath v. Express Messenger Service, 931 P.2d 565N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of DenverLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
United States Air Force AcademyN/AB.S.1970