Ray E. Richards II

  • Of Counsel
  • Livonia, Michigan Office

Ray E. Richards, II is an Of Counsel attorney in our Livonia office. He has a dynamic and diverse law practice in the areas of criminal, civil, business transactions, and injury litigation.

Overview

Ray E. Richards, II is an Of Counsel attorney in our Livonia office. He has a dynamic and diverse law practice in the areas of criminal, civil, business transactions, and injury litigation.  He also focuses his practice on Sports and Entertainment Law, including assisting and counseling in contract negotiation, drafting and review.  He provides legal resolution on matters that arise directly or indirectly related to his client’s profession.  Further, Mr. Richards oversees and advises on any compliance matter involving regulatory or enforcement bodies for clients in the NBA, NFL and numerous World Boxing Commissions.  He maintains an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve for both ethical standards and legal ability.

He provides counsel in the areas of business planning, strategy and asset protection for entrepreneurs, small companies, business fundraisers and brokers, as well as investment seeking groups in the early to emerging growth funding stages of Venture Capital and Angel financing.

Mr. Richards has managed and mastered a significant jury, bench trial and mediation centered caseloads and prepared, managed and executed trial plan and strategy in criminal and civil court.

Education

Ohio Northern Claude Pettit College of Law, J.D. 1996

Grand Valley State University, B.S., 1993

Honors

AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve for both ethical standards and legal ability A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

National Moot Court and Mock Trial Award Winner, 1995, 1996

Administrative Law Moot Court National Champion, 1995, 1996

Member of the Order of Barristers, 1996

Book Award Winner for the best score in Business Planning, 1996

Trial Advocacy and Criminal Advocacy Clinic Award Winner, 1995, 1996

Federal Defender / CJA Training

Criminal Defense College

Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer Training

 

Memberships and Associations

Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
Straker and Wolverine Bar Association
Floyd Skinner Bar Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Criminal Defense College
America Bar Association
Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association

Jurisdiction and Court Admissions

Michigan State Courts
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
United States Federal Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit
United States Federal District Court of Central Illinois
United States Federal District Court of Nebraska

Education

Ohio Northern Claude Pettit College of Law, J.D. 1996

Grand Valley State University, B.S., 1993

Honors

AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve for both ethical standards and legal ability A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

National Moot Court and Mock Trial Award Winner, 1995, 1996

Administrative Law Moot Court National Champion, 1995, 1996

Member of the Order of Barristers, 1996

Book Award Winner for the best score in Business Planning, 1996

Trial Advocacy and Criminal Advocacy Clinic Award Winner, 1995, 1996

Federal Defender / CJA Training

Criminal Defense College

Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer Training