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While peers and clients have long described Ric Gass as “a trial bar legend,” the Litigation Counsel of America has formalized that description by selecting Ric as one of its inaugural class of Trial Law Legends at the LCA Fall 2019 meeting.
Clients and peers also describe Ric as
- “the best civil trial lawyer I know,”
- “a personality the jury wants to listen to,”
- “a go-to lawyer,” and
- “probably the most innovative trial attorney I have ever encountered.”
- “The man can talk to juries.”
Ric has been elected a Fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers and to the rank of Diplomat in the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow and Past President of the Litigation Counsel of America, where he serves as the Lifetime Dean of the LCA Trial Academy. He has been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel and the International Association of Defense Counsel and served as President of both the Federation and Lawyers for Civil Justice.
Ric’s practice is nationwide; he has tried over 300 cases to verdict in venues that span the country from New Jersey to Hawaii. He primarily defends corporations and insurers, serving as national trial and supervising counsel. He also represents corporations and insurers as plaintiffs, and in that role, he secured the largest jury verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin: $104.5 million.
Ric has tried cases in nearly every civil substantive area. His areas of concentration include catastrophic injuries, products liability, medical negligence and bad faith. He has been AV rated by Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years and has been listed for years in Chambers and The Best Lawyers in America, among others. Ric earned his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, with a major in Chemistry and minors in Education and Mathematics. His J.D. degree, cum laude, is from Marquette University Law School, where he was a Thomas More Scholar.
Ric is a national speaker on trial practice topics, including Winning at Trial, Handling Sympathy in Jury Trials and Handling Catastrophic Injury Cases. He has been an adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School, lecturing in Trial Practice, and Basic and Advanced Evidence. He is a frequent keynote speaker for state and national defense organizations, has published over 28 articles and book chapters on trial techniques and tactics, and has given over 225 invited presentations.
Last updated October 2019