Since 1997, Robert G. Rikard has handled a wide range of civil and criminal cases all over the United States. Today, Mr. Rikard’s practice focuses on complex civil, criminal and business litigation with an emphasis on legal malpractice and securities litigation. Mr. Rikard is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell and is admitted to the South Carolina Bar; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; U.S. Court of Appeals; and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Rikard received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the Moot Court, Order of the Barristers; Richland County Bar Association; South Carolina Bar; South Carolina Association of Justice (Board of Governors); and American Association of Justice. He is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association of Justice and is the past Co-chairman of the Public Education Committee for AAJ.
In 2004, Mr. Rikard was appointed to the national Ephedra MDL Plaintiffs Coordinating Committee (MDL 1598) by The Honorable Jed Rakoff, District Court Judge Southern District of New York. Mr. Rikard was one of eight attorneys from across the country that were responsible for all pre-trial matters in the Ephedra MDL and was responsible for proving Daubert causation relating to health injuries caused by Ephedra. Mr. Rikard was tasked with working with experts and presenting scientific testimony regarding Ephedra and its likelihood to cause seizures and strokes. Mr. Rikard and his committee were successful in the Ephedra MDL in satisfying Daubert standards and defeating the numerous Defendants’ Motions to Exclude Scientific Testimony.
Mr. Rikard was also elected by his peers to Co-Chair the negotiations relating to the Muscletech/Hydroxycut Bankruptcy proceedings in New York. Mr. Rikard took on the lead role as chief negotiator for plaintiffs’ cases and was successful after weeks of mediation in reaching a resolution for all plaintiffs’ case that had been thrown into the bankruptcy. The Muscletech case presented unique challenges because Muscletech sought bankruptcy protection under Canadian law. Mr. Rikard and his team were able to successfully obtain recognition from the Canadian Court and then put a plan into place that would streamline negotiations, resolve all cases and achieve confirmation from the New York federal court and Canadian Court.
Mr. Rikard also served as Co-Lead counsel in the F-150 Radiator Class Actions throughout the country. Mr. Rikard and his co-counsel were successful in certifying class actions against Ford in several states and negotiated a resolution beneficial to the class in those cases. He has also litigated and resolved cases involving serious injuries resulting from tractor trailer accidents, pharmacy misfills, nursing home negligence and medical malpractice and many other types of complex civil matters involving business disputes.
In addition to his civil practice, Mr. Rikard has litigated and resolved a wide range of criminal issues for clients. He recently represented a professional athlete that was the target of an I.R.S criminal tax investigation. Mr. Rikard and his team were successful in convincing the government to drop the criminal investigation and negotiated a civil resolution. He has represented clients in cases ranging from white collar fraud and securities violations to serious felonies including murder and drug distribution.
In each case, Mr. Rikard prides himself in bringing a unique set of problem solving tools and skills to whatever issues are facing his client in order to achieve a favorable resolution.
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