Trisha Rich is the national co-chair of Holland & Knight's Legal Profession Team and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Ms. Rich's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and legal ethics and professional responsibility matters.
In her professional responsibility practice, Ms. Rich advises lawyers, law firms, and in-house counsel on a variety of issues related to professional responsibility and legal ethics, including professional responsibility, malpractice, partnership and corporate structuring, law firm management and employment issues, fee disputes, conflicts, confidentiality, and privilege, as well as all areas of legal ethics. She also has experience working as an expert witness on legal ethics and professional responsibility issues.
Ms. Rich is active in the legal ethics community. She founded and coordinates the Attorney Defense Initiative, the first privately sponsored pro bono initiative in the nation that focuses on assisting impaired lawyers facing disciplinary charges. Ms. Rich is on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of issues related to ethics and risk management. She has worked as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law in the area of legal ethics and professional responsibility. Ms. Rich also serves as the Deputy Professional Responsibility Partner for the Chicago office of Holland & Knight. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Rich taught practical and theoretical ethics at two universities.
In her commercial litigation practice, Ms. Rich represents a wide variety of clients in litigation and other disputes, including national and international companies, small businesses, municipalities and state agencies, and individuals. She has extensive experience in resolving disputes between businesses and represents clients at the trial and appellate levels in a wide variety of matters, including actions for breach of contract, tort claims, breach of warranty, fraud, consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, tortious interference and all aspects of real estate, property management and receivership litigation. Ms. Rich also has broad experience representing financial institutions in all types of litigation, including consumer financial litigation.
Ms. Rich has first- and second-chaired a number of trials and evidentiary hearings in both state and federal courts, and also has represented clients in administrative hearings. She is a member of the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is a 2012 graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's national trial practice program.
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