Rick has extensive experience in the areas of corporate, securities law, municipal and project finance, public private partnerships, interest rate swaps and other derivative products. Most projects involve infrastructure financing. He has many years of experience in all types of taxable and tax-exempt municipal financings. In this regard, he serves as bond counsel to Broward, Palm Beach and Hillsborough counties and Shelby County (Memphis) Tennessee (4 of the top 50 counties in country), and in Tennessee, for the City of Memphis and Shelby County in connection with their Community Re-Development Agency financings, the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority financings and the Memphis and Shelby County Port Commission, including inter-governmental financing support for the new large Electrolux manufacturing facility recently located in the Port of Memphis. Other cities and towns include Lake Worth, the Town of Palm Beach and the City of Punta Gorda. Major authorities include the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County and the South Florida Water Management District relative to its Everglades restoration projects. Rick formerly served as bond counsel to the State of Tennessee and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He has specialties in airport financing having worked on major financings for Orlando International, Palm Beach International, Miami International, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, as well as Memphis International, Nashville and Hawaii Airports, among others. He serves as disclosure counsel/securities counsel to Broward County, Miami Dade County and the City of Pensacola and the Seacoast Utility Authority and also serves as underwriter's counsel, bank counsel and securities’ counsel to major underwriters and banks. Rick serves as transactional counsel in connection with the privatization of the City of Vero Beach, Florida Electric Utility. Rick is listed in The Best Lawyers in America – 2012
- $1,800,000,000 validation of Certificates of Participation for South Florida Water Management District in connection with the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project.
- $776,000,000 Miami-Dade County, Florida Aviation Revenue Bonds, Series 2012A and Series 2012B (Miami International Airport) (Hub of the Americas SM).
- $621,330,000 Broward County, Florida Airport System Revenue Bonds Series 2012Q-1 (NON-AMT) and Series 2012 Q-2.
- $599,860,000 Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Refunding Revenue Bonds, Series 2011.
- $214,690,000 Broward County, Florida Half-Cent Tax Revenue Bonds (Main Courthouse Project), Series 2010A.
- $110,265,000 Hillsborough County, Florida Utility Revenue Bonds, Series 2010B (Federally Taxable – Build America Bonds – Direct Payment).
- $319,342,985.60 Miami-Dade County, Florida Professional Sports Franchise Facilities Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2009A through E.
- $176,585,000 Palm Beach County, Florida Public Improvement Revenue Bonds Series 2008.
- $546,120,000 South Florida Water Management District Certificates of Participation Series 2006.
- $202,290,000 The Memphis and Shelby County Sports Authority, Inc. Revenue Bonds, 2002 Series (Memphis NBA Grizzlies Arena Project) - the largest public facility financing in the history of Memphis, and related $202,290,000 basis swap transaction accomplished in 2004 for the FedEx Forum.
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications
- Rick is the author of numerous articles on public finance and co-authors the three-volume treatise, State and Local Government Debt Financing.
- "Debriefing: Strand v. Escambia County "TIF Turmoil and Cop Chaos"," speaker, 6th Annual Tax & Securities Law Institute, San Francisco, California, February 21-22, 2008.
- "Financing the Everglades Restoration," moderator, American Water Resources 2007 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 12-15, 2007.
Before Edwards Wildman
Prior to joining the Firm, Rick was partner-in-charge of the Florida office of the New York-based firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Rick enjoys golf, swimming, gardening, Carolina basketball and Florida football. He was a varsity swimmer at UNC.