Rick confines his practice to real estate law topics, with particular emphasis on and expertise in commercial sale, purchase, financing and lease transactions, and real estate development projects. He is also called upon to provide expert evidence opinions in real estate litigation matters.
Primary Practice Area
University of Manitoba, B.A., 1969, LL.B., 1972
2009, 2013 and 2017 Best Lawyers Winnipeg Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Law.
2009 - 2017 Canadian Lexpert Leading Practitioner for Property Development.
Designated as one of Canada‘s top 500 Lawyers by Lexpert Magazine, and is referred to in a number of similar publications in the area of real estate law in particular.
Rick has been included in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2010: Leading Practitioners for his work in Property Development Law.
Rick has also been included in the 2006 - 2020 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada for Real Estate Law.
Rick advises one of Manitoba's major universities in its acquisition and development of properties in downtown Winnipeg, and he has also been involved in a number of interesting and out-of-the-ordinary transactions. Such transactions included working as part of the team that assembled the land now comprising the historic site in Winnipeg known as "The Forks", assisting in the land assembly for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights at The Forks, participating on behalf of a lender in a public/private partnership development and financing of a municipal work, at the time the first of its kind in Manitoba, and representing the buyer of Winnipeg’s most prominent office tower at 201 Portage Avenue.
In the Community
Rick is currently a Director of UM Properties Limited Partnership, the entity charged with the responsibility for the redevelopment of the former Southwood Golf Course adjacent to the University of Manitoba.
Rick is a founding member and was the first President of the Pediatric Oncology Family Centre of Manitoba, the operator of the facility in Winnipeg known as "Ronald McDonald House", a residence for families from outside Winnipeg whose children are being treated for cancer, leukemia and other life threatening diseases. He is currently assisting the current Board in its planning for a new House facility near the Children’s Hospital.
Rick was for some years the lecturer in the third year real estate law course at the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law.