Born in Miami Florida, Richard received his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University before going on to receive a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Thomas University School of Law, where he served as a Senator of the Student Bar Association for two years. While in law school, Richard also served as the Career Services Committee Chair and was a member of the Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Society. Richard devoted hundreds of hours to assist with the legal representation of indigent children and adults while interning with the Public Defender's Office of Dade and Broward Counties, for which he was awarded the Kenneth Feldman Pro Bono Scholarship.
After being admitted to practice law in the State of Florida, Richard worked for the 11th Judicial Circuit in the complex litigation division of Unified Family Court, where he was tasked with directly assisting several judges with complex cases involving highly volatile and comingled issues related to Divorce, Domestic Violence, Delinquency, Dependency, Paternity, Child Support and Family law. Richard practiced labor and employment litigation for several years in South Florida with boutique firms, and as through his own firm. The grandson of a World War II aircraft mechanic, Richard has always had interest in the aviation industry, and plans to get his pilots license in the near future.
Richard and his wife, Caroline live in Fort Lauderdale and enjoys boating, snorkeling, camping, hiking, Haidong Gumdo (sword fighting), and spending time with friends and family.