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Richard Avery Hearn

About me

Since graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C., Dr. Hearn has often been required to draw upon his training as a physician to help his clients. Whether representing individuals, health care providers, or corporations, Dr. Hearn has used his 20 plus years experience practicing medicine to benefit his clients. He obtained a personal injury judgment in excess of 5.4 million dollars in 2009 which is still one of the largest personal injury judgments in Idaho. Dr. Hearn earned membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum based upon recoveries achieved for several Idaho residents. He has successfully prosecuted personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, wrongful termination, class action and products liability cases in both federal and state courts. Dr. Hearn has also defended health care providers and corporations prosecuted criminally. Since coming to Idaho in 1996, Dr. Hearn has fought to protect the Constitutional rights of Idaho residents in several important civil rights cases.


Languages spoken: German, English

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
  2. Civil Rights: 25%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  4. Discrimination: 15%
  5. Brain Injury: 10%



Contingent (33-45%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Aaron A. Crary

    Rick is very knowledgeable and fights hard for his clients.


    Aaron Crary Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • John Joseph Bulger

    Rick Hearn is the lawyer I would personally choose to handle my case if I were injured or had a dispute.


    John Bulger Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Hearn & Wood, LLP

1906 Jennie Lee Dr.
Idaho Falls, ID, 83404


IDAuthorized to practice law199707/12/2016
DCActive 199307/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Million Dollar AdvocateMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHearn & Wood, LLP2015 - Present
PartnerRacine Olson Nye Budge & Bailey1997 - 2015
PhysicianRichard Hearn, M.D.1997 - 2003
AttorneyProskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn1994 - 1997
Visiting ScholarCenter for Ethics in the Sciences in Germany1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1997 - Present
American Health Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
Idaho Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McCormack v. Hiedeman, 694 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2012)Won
Lysager v. Prison Health ServicesJudgment for Lysager of $5,448,000.
McCormack v. Herzog, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 8936 (9th Cir. May 29, 2015)Won
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Publication nameTitleDate
Attempto Verlag Tuebingen GmbHEthics of Human Genome Analysis1993
Acta Crystallograhica Section B, Structural Crystallography and Crystal chemistryThe Crystal Structure of Glycineglycine Phosphate Monohydrate1973
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Alabama - BirminghamMedicineMD - Doctor of Medicine1976
University of Alabama - BirminghamBiochemistryPhD - Doctorate1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lunch meeting of the BarRecovery in Lysager Jury Trial2009
Washington State Rheumatology ConferenceLegal Options to Make insurance Companies Pay2006
Idaho State Rheumatology ConferenceLegal Options to Make insurance Companies Pay2006