Rick is a member in MGC’s Charlotte office and is the firm’s Chief Development Officer. With over three decades of legal practice, he was a founding partner and, for nearly 20 years, the managing partner of Goldberg Segalla—a nationally-recognized insurance defense firm. In his prior role, Rick was an instrumental leader in the firm’s geographic expansion, as well as the development and implementation of their strategic direction. As a former Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) instructor, he also lectured insurance professionals on risk management for over a decade.

Rick has held leadership positions in top legal organizations such as Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance as chair of their National Committee and Defense Research Institute (DRI) as co-chair of their Insurance Company Relations Subcommittee. He is also a fellow of the American College of Coverage Counsel as well as the American Bar Foundation—both invitation-only honors presented to a select group of attorneys.

Rick is a former champion physique competitor. He can also juggle, walk on his hands, make balloon animals, ride a unicycle and draw, which makes him a hit at birthday parties for his nine kids.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School (JD, cum laude)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management (BS, with distinction)

Professional Memberships

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (National Committee, Former Chair)
  • Defense Research Institute (Law Practice Management Committee and Co-Chair of Programming, 2013; Construction Law Committee - Construction Insurance Coverage Specialized Litigation Group Chair, 2008–2010; Insurance Company Relations Subcommittee Vice Chair, 2000–2004; Life, Health and Disability Insurance Committee Membership Chair, 2000–2002; Insurance Law Committee: Professional Liability Insurance Specialized Litigation Group)
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (Fellow)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society

Bar Admissions

  • 2013 North Carolina
  • 2014 Illinois
  • 2013 Connecticut
  • 1991 New York
  • 1989 Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America - Insurance Law (2014–2021)
  • Business First‘s Legal Elite of Western New York - Legal Leader (2013–2020)
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers (2007–2020)
  • Business First‘s Power 250 (2016–2019)
  • Business First‘s C-Level Executive Award (2017)
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell - Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation (2014)
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell - Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law (2013)
  • Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition
  • Business First‘s Legal Elite of Western New York - Insurance
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent

Publications