Skip to main content

Frank Richard Ricketts JR

Family Attorney at Tacoma, WA

4.2   31 reviews

also known as F. Richard Ricketts

  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Frank

Learn Frank’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Family
    Family law is a mainstay of my practice. I have helped clients with * Divorce * Legal Separations * Changes to Child Support and Parenting Plans * Step Parent Adoptions

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Estate planning
    I have helped clients prepare wills, power of attorneys and medical directives.

    21 years, 250 cases

I have adopted an income-based approach to legal fees I charge new clients. Every client is assessed at the first meeting to determine how much of a discount they will receive, and every client who has a household income less than $100,000 will receive a discount, some up to 40% off of my standard hourly rate. 


This is my attempt to align hourly rates with what people can actually afford to pay, and even extends to the retainer, which is calculated based upon ten hours at the discounted hourly rate.


A brief bit about me...


I am the first person in my family to attend college and went into the Army right out of high school to see the world and figure out some way to pay for college. I was an intelligence analyst and viewed as one of the best in the world at my particular area. At age 22, I was delivering high level presentations to military leaders in Korea regarding the intelligence planning for major military exercises.


I left the military to attend college. I attended Seattle University where I majored in Finance and International Business. As I contemplated which path to take for grad school, I chose law school, viewing law school as a unique skill set that would benefit me in the corporate world.


During my second year of law school, I was hired by a large Canadian corporation that had purchased a business in Seattle and wanted someone to develop a strategic growth plan for the business unit. This led to a permanent job offer and a relocation to Toronto following graduation.


I left the company in 2002 and started my own practice in Tacoma. From the beginning, I have been committed to providing value to my clients through hard work, reasonable rates and desired results.


Today, my practice is focused on the following areas:


Family Law

Trusts and Estate

WIlls and Probate


Cicada Law, NP PS
1130 Broadway Plaza
Suite 202
Tacoma, WA, 98402

Family lawyers nearby


4.2 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Posted by Roberta | March 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Mr. Ricketts!
The results I wanted. The win we needed. Most important was the "Calm" in the storm. When your looking for a Family Law Attorney that is not something you even think of. Professional, on point results!
Posted by Rachel | February 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely amazing!
Richard represented me in what was a very difficult and complex divorce. He was absolutely amazing and was truly a rock for me. I have already recommended him to several people and will continue to do so.
Posted by T.R. | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Call Richard Ricketts 1 253 237 1736
I absolutely recommend Richard Ricketts to anyone needing a Family Law attorney. Because his fees are so reasonable, I would not have been able to realize my rights as a father without him on my side. Richard's experience, knowledge and patience guided me through one of most difficult periods of my life. I will always be grateful he accepted me as a client. Thank you Richard.
Read less
Posted by Mari | November 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely amazing attorney !
This man is one of the most compassionate and genuine people I have ever met in my entire life. Several years ago I gave up my parental rights to my beautiful daughter, at the time I was very unhealthy and emotionally unstable . It took quite some time for me to recover and become healthy again and get my life back on track , but I'd given up my rights . I did not have the right to know where she lived I did not have the right to know how she was doing was absolutely left a huge hole in my heart . What the law could not do for me he did. He was not only able to find out where my daughter was living and how she was doing but he was able to contact her parental guardian . Richard Ricketts spent several hours of his time writing letters and making phone calls on my behalf . During this process this man was genuine , he was compassionate, and I felt as if he really cared for me and wanted to re-connect me with my daughter .I now have open communication with my daughter and receive a video chat once a week! being able to talk to her and know that she is healthy and happy means the world to me. Richard Ricketts is the best attorney in the world and I hit could not have healed my heart without him Richard Ricketts is the best attorney in the world and I had could not have healed my heart without him !
Read less
Posted by Rebecca | March 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Relocation/Parenting Plan Modification **ROCKSTAR**
ROCKSTAR Attorney! Mr. Ricketts is VERY knowledgeable Experienced, Understanding and Companionate. He is very calm under pressure, and is extremely confident, both in person and in the courtroom!. We had a highly contested Relocation/Modification trial. Mr. Ricketts came in after I started this PRO SE, and cleaned up the mess that I had started to create. Mr. Ricketts explained to us what will, should, could, and might happen with our very difficult case. He was ABSOLUTELY Correct. Not only was Mr. Ricketts able to obtain what we were seeking, we ended up with more than we thought possible, because of Mr. Ricketts ability to think on his feet, and his vast knowledge of the law. Relocation Trials are not common, but Mr. Ricketts impeccable knowledge, extensive experience and calming nature relieved us of the extreme tension and pressure we were facing. In closing if you have Mr. Ricketts as your attorney you can be rest assured that you have made the right choice. A TRUE ROCKSTAR!!!!
Read less
Posted by Ashley | January 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's awesome
I had Mr. Ricketts as my child custody case attorney and he did an awesome job I would definitely recommend him to anyone :)
Posted by Robert | August 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I could not have asked for a better lawyer
My name is Robert, and recently I hired Richard to represent me in my divorce and custody hearings. I will start off by saying I feel truly blessed for his counsel and efforts in this matter and I am satisfied to the maximum. Richard, took me on when I was desperate and had very little funding. He shorted himself immensely and still dedicated himself to my case as if I was any other client. My divorce and custody battle could not have went any smoother, he kept me so well informed and sent me constant correspondence throughout the proceedings, also during court hearings, mediation, and other legalities he was very knowledgeable, and respectful ( to both parties) and handled himself with the utmost professionalism. Furthermore, if you will LISTEN, and allow him to guide you in your case, you will have a positive and swift resolution, as in mine where he had the foresight to perform a mediation before all the court and trial proceedings, therein providing me with a financially savvy as well as expedient resolution. In conclusion, I would highly recommend Mr. Ricketts for hire to anybody, whether it be a stranger on the street, dear friend, or loved family member. I know that for ALL future court proceedings or legal issues my family will utilize him with confidence.
Read less
Posted by patrick | July 14, 2015
custody and child abuse
Richard was very understanding and professional. My family worked with him almost 2 years and would hire him back in a heartbeat. We are forever grateful for the time and dedication he put forth in our cases. Thank you Richard.
Posted by Jessie | April 11, 2015
Life Saver!
I came to Richard for a custody case regarding my son. From the beginning he was very supportive and always kept me informed on what was going on with my case. He answered all of my questions and made sure I understood what was going on. He always returned my phone calls in a timely manner as well. Richard was very professional in court and in the end everything worked in my favor. I'm not sure what the bad reviews are about, but I absolutely would hire Richard again he is a great lawyer!!
Read less
Posted by carla | January 8, 2013
i was going through a divorce and custody battle i had no clue what to do or where to turn with a limited income.
Richard is knowledgeable, efficient and affordable. i was dealing with a divorce and an ugly custody battle with a very limited income. Richard was able get me my divorce and i have my girls back at a cost that i was able to manage in a timely manner. i have never had an attorney that was as caring and understanding and very knowledgeable with the situation at hand. he is also the only attorney that i know of that actually has sliding fee scale according to my income. i definitely got more than my moneys worth. i trusted him with my whole world and he came through for me with flying colors, i am ever so grateful to Richard and his assistant Nicole. thank you for everything
Read less
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2012
I would recommend Mr. Ricketts to anyone dealing with custody issues.
I could not have had a better legal team than Mr. Ricketts and his staff. Mr. Ricketts was very attentive to my situation regarding my son. He was always very accessible and was very good at coming to a realistic and fair parenting plan for me and my son. Also, his practice is very affordable. Don't go it alone, give Mr. Ricketts practice a call if you are looking for an excellent attorney that will work to make sure your parental rights are fair & balanced. Thanks, Richard.
Read less
Posted by Edward | January 26, 2012
Works for my budget
Its real hard to find a lawyer that understands it hard to pay out a bunch of money upfront. Richard wrked w me financially and showed real concern with my legal matter. I feel like im the first man in washington state to be awarded full custody of his children... Thanks Richard.
Posted by Brittani Dennis | October 21, 2011
Mr. Richard did a phenomenal job on my case.With my case already being in process, I thought there was no hope. Once I had explained my side of the story, he jumped right on it. I was a little suprised, because some lawyers take for ever to help you out. I can honestly say that, everything that Mr. Richard stated he would do, he accomplished it. Him and his law firm has truly helped me, and I'm so thankful and blessed that I found him in the little time I did.
Read less
Posted by Jeff | April 28, 2011
Gratitude and appreciation
I was introduced to Mr. Ricketts because I was going through a divorce and was seeking shared custody of my children. Three previous lawyers told me that the State of Washington isn't friendly to fathers seeking shared custody. When I met with Mr. Ricketts, he cited several cases and was very optimistic about my outcome. He also said that the State of Washington wasn't traditionally a father friendly state, but after he reviewed my case, he said he was hopeful. We prevailed and I am now the proud father of a shared custody parenting plan. Thank-you so much to Mr. Ricketts
Read less
Posted by Petra | March 26, 2011
Ricketts exudes integrity and sincerity
Ricketts is extremely knowledgeable , and is able to share his knowledge and guidance without arrogance or condescension. We have had only a few occasions to consult with a lawyer and ended up feeling used and abused and charged for every two minute phone conversation. Then we met Ricketts. Our community theatre was at a major cross roads and in need of help with negotiating the murky waters of non-profit applications, bi-laws, etc.. He has met our every need and done so at the sacrifice of his personal time and convenience. His diversity of professional experience give him an incredible frame of reference with which to assist clients.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2011
Angel Wings
Richard took my case at the last minute, he jumped in as my divorce and custody attorney. He was through, professional, and most of all truly cared. Although the opposing counsel was uncooperative and at times hostile. He conducted himself in my best interest and for the best interest of my children. My case went to a lenghly trial, I never felt overwhelmed or stressed, because he has such a calming presence about him I felt calm just sitting next to him. I would recommend him to any and every person who needs a good, honest and caring attorney. No BS!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2011
Custody Parenting Plan Adjustment, Richard was such a Blessing to me & my Daughter!!
Richard came in at a time when I truely thought there was no way I could do what my heart was screaming at me to do for my child. He has such an incrediable energy about him. He helped me to be calm, to remember to Breath ( LOL ) and to take things one step at a time. He handaled the hard parts I did not understand but also had the patients to explain them to me so I felt comfortable through all of the processes. I had an absulutly horriable Lawyer years ago and so wish that I had known of Richard then. He would have saved me a lot of heartach, anxiety, and much Money. This time around has been so different. I truely felt & feel as I have a protecter, champion, & teacher in my corner. I speak very highly of Richard to anyone I come across that may be in need and hope these reviews reach many & help to guid them into Richards very capable hands. Richard Thank you for all you have done for me, for my daughter & as well as for the future relationship with my daughters Father that I will foster in the ways you helped teach me. You are truely a BLESSING in so many ways, I don't know how to covey in words how very much you have done for us & how very very greatful I am to you. I can simply say Thank You with all my heart. Peace & Light
Read less
Posted by Marci | February 28, 2011
Divorce attorney
He was responsive in a timely manner and was sensitive to our needs during a very unpleasant time in my life
Posted by Chris | February 24, 2011
Stressless Divorce
I went through a divorce from a marriage that was over 15 years long. Richard made it simple for us and reduced the anxiety that one would normally expect. We had one visit, the rest was through e-mail. We never had to go to court. We had no surprises and the price was excellent. I will recommend him to any unfortunate couples going through the same thing.
Read less
Posted by Dustie | February 16, 2011
Richard is the best!!! He was a complete lifesaver for me.
I had an attorney drop me 2 days before the Settlement Conference of my divorce. I was in a real panic as to what to do. Volunteer Legal told me where to find Richard and Richard saw me that very day. He spent all night reviewing my case and preparing all of my paperwork. He personally handed them to the judge the next day and explained why they were late. Richard didn't just tell me what I wanted to hear; he told me what I needed to hear. He fought for the important parts and gave into the trivial parts. He was an amazing negotiator! I had so much confidence that he was looking after me and would help me to get a fair settlement. I would highly recommend Richard to fact I did. One of my good friends used him shortly after I did. I really appreciated how he ran his business. He keeps expenses to a minimum so he can pass on the savings to his clients. I was extremely happy with the service that Richard Ricketts offered and I would use him again in a heartbeat if I ever needed to!!!
Read less
View less reviews


  • Hourly Rates $ 180-300 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Offices of F. Richard Ricketts, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Director of Corporate Development
  • Wajax Limited
  • 1997 - 2002


  • Keller Graduate School of Management
  • Master of Accounting and Financial Management
  • 2009
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Seattle University
  • BA
  • 1995


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Washington Society of CPAs
  • Business Valuation/Litigation Support Committee Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Committee Member--Small Business Committee
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Volunteer Legal Services Steering Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2004 - 2006
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star Award
  • Super Lawyer's Magazine
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Volunteer Legal Services/Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Silver Medal Award
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • 2011
  • Bronze Medal Award
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • 2011
  • Pewter Medal Award
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Month
  • Volunteer Legal Services, Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • 2005
View all awards


  • Basic Training for Family Law Attorneys
  • Basic Training for Family Law Attorneys
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • 2008 Institute of Management Accountants Annual Conference
  • Internal Controls for Small Businesses
  • 2008
  • Sarbanes Oxley CLE
  • Sarbanes Oxley Requirements for Small Publicly Held Businesses
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
Endorse Frank
Family Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard and I have had many cases against each other. He is a knowledgeable and tenacious attorney. He is extremely dedicated to his client's cause. I would not hesitate in hiring him for any family law issue."
Family Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a credit to the legal community. Richard offers legal services to people who could not otherwise afford to have a lawyer; is knowledgably; always fully prepared; and practical minded. Richard and I worked on cases together and have also assisted one another with mediation on behalf of clients. He is and will continue to be on my "short list" for referrals."
Family Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rick is the model of tough smart advocate who works tirelessly for his client, is thorough, prepared and effective with the Judge. In our contentious case he cool under fire and professional. Experience makes all the difference and Rick puts his client first."
Family Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
View more endorsements