Rick has been representing technology companies in Silicon Valley, and globally, since before the launch of the Silicon Valley brand January 11, 1971, when he happened to be working on an assignment at Intel, then a venture-backed start-up. Honored by his peers as a Northern California “IP Super Lawyer” and recognized in the International Who’s Who of Internet and E‑Commerce Lawyers 2009 as the “most highly nominated lawyer in the US,” Richard has worked with a wide spectrum of international and domestic clients, from the classic “garage-based” start-up, to Fortune 500 multi-nationals. He was a member of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to the Technology Transfer Office of the University of California, San Francisco, QB3 Project, and has participated in discussion groups and workshops advising foreign governmental agencies and universities on best practices for establishing vibrant innovation eco-systems. De Facto, a Finnish publication covering the Nordic legal community, labeled him “Mr. Consigliere” in recognition of his work as a close adviser to venture-backed start-ups.
He is an active supporter of the Innovation for Jobs Project of IIIJ, and serves on the advisory committee of the Africa Technology Foundation – both of which have received support from USAID.
He serves on the Advisor Board of a Berlin-based venture fund, has assisted in the formation of several international venture funds, and works with international venture funds on investment transactions and special projects, including M&A exits. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences in the United States, Europe, India and Asia on the subject of the innovation economy and the development of entrepreneurial eco-systems. Several of these presentations can be seen on YouTube. He serves as the Honorary Counsel for the Republic of Estonia, one of the most internet-connected governments and economies in the world.