Richard was raised in Kingston, Ontario where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1998 after completing his studies through evening and correspondence courses while working full time in the construction industry. After obtaining his degree from Queen’s Richard took a year off from his studies and traveled through Western Canada and the United States working in construction, at various ski hills, and in the oil patch.

 

In 1999 Richard commenced Law School at the University of Victoria where, in addition to his studies, he was employed working on legal research projects for both faculty and local lawyers. After graduation from Law School Richard took his Bar exams in Ontario where he was awarded a share of the Parsons Prize in criminal law after tying for the highest mark on the criminal law exam (written by approximately 1,250 students). Upon completing the Bar Admission Course, Richard worked with a number of prominent Toronto criminal lawyers, including Paul Copeland and the now Justices Louise Botham and Brian Scully.

 

Drawn back to the West Coast, Richard returned to Victoria in late 2004, where he joined leading Victoria criminal and personal injury firm, Green & Helme. Richard worked at Green & Helme from 2004 until early 2011, where he gained a wealth of experience and accumulated an impressive record of successes defending all manner of criminal cases, from driving offenses, assaults and drug cases, to high profile murder charges, as well as obtaining excellent results for Plaintiffs suing ICBC, private insurance companies, the police and other government agencies.

 

Having successfully argued cases at all levels of court in British Columbia, and firmly established his reputation on Vancouver Island as a formidable trial lawyer, in March 2011 Richard opened his own practice. His office sits in a classic heritage building in Bastion Square in the heart of beautiful downtown Victoria. He shares space there with Bradley L. Hickford, one of the most senior and respected members of the Defence Bar, as well as established serious crime trial counsel Jeremy W.D. Mills.

 

Richard’s success is attributable to the manner in which he approaches his work. He is a passionate advocate in the corner of the people he represents who thrives on the challenge of battling in Court, and gets immense satisfaction from leveling the playing field for clients who are forced to go head to head with the powers of government and/or big business..