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Madison, WI


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Richard F. Rice

For more than 25 years, Richard “Dick” Rice has focused his practice primarily on representation of persons involved in individual employment, personal injury and related matters. Mr. Rice has counseled thousands of employees, employers and business owners on employment discrimination matters of all kinds. He is well versed in the myriad issues that can arise for both employees and employers in the workplace, including sexual harassment and hostile work environment, discrimination based on sex, age, race, national origin, disability, arrest or conviction record and sexual orientation, and retaliation for opposing these unlawful employment practices or supporting a co-worker’s discrimination complaint.

Mr. Rice has litigated hundreds of cases before federal, state and local administrative agencies and in both state and federal courts, with most cases settling privately prior to hearing or trial. Mr. Rice also has assisted many employees with the negotiation of severance agreements and the resolution of other workplace matters, enabling them to achieve their goals of terminating or continuing their employment in a positive manner. Also, Mr. Rice has assisted employers in carrying out a fair and expeditious termination process and, where necessary, any related legal proceedings.

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Sample Cases & Private Settlements:

  • Reuter vs. Murphy – $1.8 million total award
  • Dickson vs. Schwert – $225,000 settlement
  • Kirch vs. Vogel – Chemical contamination, $150,000 jury verdict.
  • State Employee termination and reinstatement – settlement of $400,000
  • Age Discrimination – $350,000
  • Sexual Harassment – $312,000
  • Sexual Harassment – $145,000
  • Disability Discrimination – $75,000
  • Disability Discrimination – $46,000
  • Disability Discrimination – $42,500

Areas of Practice

  • Employee Rights (Discrimination, Retaliation and Other Employee Protections) 80%
  • Personal Injury 10%
  • Employer Representation 10%

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1987


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence – 00/1987
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science – 00/1975

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America — 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyers Association
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Dane County Bar Association