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Richard Rice

Adjunct Professor of Law
Partner (Retired)


Rick Rice is a newly retired partner of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, where he practiced for 35 years.  Rick joined the firm after graduating from Duke University (B.A. 1973) and Wake Forest University (J.D. 1977) where he was a member of the Law Review.  He practiced in the firm’s Business Litigation and Insurance Governmental and Tort Litigation practice groups, having served as practice group leader of the latter group for over a decade. During his career, Rick tried a wide variety of jury and nonjury cases in the federal and state courts of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North and South Carolina, ranging from business torts (fraud, unfair trade practices, bad faith) to complex insurance coverage litigation, securities matters, malpractice (legal, medical and accounting), trademark, pharmaceuticals, private nuisance, catastrophic injuries, trusts and estates, real estate, labor and employment, taxation and others. During his career, Rick earned the AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, and he was included in the American Board of Trial Advocates, North Carolina Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America (more than 10 years in a row). Rick is currently admitted to practice before the courts in North Carolina, as well as the Fourth Circuit, Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Most recently, Rick served as Counsel of Record for the Respondents in a tax statute of limitations case where his clients won by a vote of 5 to 4, United States of America v. Home Concrete and Supply, LLC, 132 S.Ct. 1836 (2012).

Rick is an avid fisherman, golfer and runner.  He has completed a dozen marathons, including New York, San Diego, Chicago (twice), Washington (three times) and Boston (twice).  Rick and his wife Penny live in Winston-Salem, and they are the proud parents of Chris Cobb and Sara Rice Wichers. Sara is the mother of Rick and Penny’s favorite (and only, so far) grandson, Leo Rice Wichers.