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My practice focuses on general business with a concentration in corporate finance, venture capital, securities, debtor-creditor issues, executive compensation, and technology licensing. I have experience dealing in franchising, asset securitization, private placement of securities, securities registrations and '34 Act reporting for public companies, reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, business formations and shareholder dispute resolution. Prior to entering private practice, I served a two year clerkship with the Honorable John L. Coffey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. I have also served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School teaching mergers and acquisitions.


Exceptional client service requires equipping clients with the key information necessary to make informed business decisions. Providing clients with the information to make wise business decisions requires understanding the nature of their problems and the factors that impact the range of solutions.  Once these aspects are understood, the best solution often becomes apparent.  I view all client relationships as a twenty year connection, even if the initial matter may only require a few hours of time.  Based upon this philosophy, I take the time to understand the business of each client up front.  Over time, as I and our firm are tasked to handle additional client matters, we get to learn more about our clients and their businesses, which helps us better deliver legal services tailored to their needs.


Practice areas


  1. Corporate: 30%
    24 years
  2. Securities Offerings: 25%
    24 years
  3. M & A: 25%
  4. Licensing: 10%
    24 years
  5. Venture Capital: 10%
    24 years

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  • Michael S. Deleo

    Rick is an excellent business attorney. His strong intellect, work ethic, and integrity are unsurpassed.


    Michael Deleo Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • John Franklin Sherwood

    I endorse Rick's competence and performance as a lawyer. I have worked with Rick as California and Washington counsel for my clients over the last ten years. His client communications are outstanding. He is a leader in our community in both community and legal organizations.


    John Sherwood Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

10900 Ne 4th St Ste 1850
Bellevue, WA, 98004-8341

10900 Ne 4th St #1850
Bellevue, WA, 98004-8341



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerPeterson Russell Kelly, PLLC2003 - Present
PartnerPeterson Russell Kelly PLLC2000 - Present
PartnerWilliams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC1999 - 2000
AssociateWilliams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC1994 - 1998
ClerkUnited States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bellevue Convention Center Authority Board of DirectorsN/A2005 - Present
WSBA Business Law SectionExecutive Committee2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitN/A1995 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh CircuitN/A1993 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
WSBA Business Law SectionChairman2009 - 2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor (Order of the Coif)1992
Washington State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa)1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct ProfessorMergers and Acquisitions2001