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Monona, 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


September 2018
Over the years I have retained several lawyers and have found Attorney Richard Rice of Fox & Fox to be of excellent quality. Unlike other lawyers that were indifferent, Rice is very dependable with transparency, returning emails and phone calls which is consistent with Fox & Fox’s positive reputation. He has many years of experience, listening ears, solid advice and a polite confidence that comes with it. Rice is particularly quick-witted in depositions and Hearings, and is definitely ethical. So overall, I have found him to be a trusted protector and partner with my legal matters which has given me peace of mind. Attorney Rice has earned my recommendation.


January 2019
Richard was great, very helpful and an invaluable resource. Highly recommended.


May 2018
Richard Rice is a winner. Mr. Rice represented me in a labor issue. As a state employee, it is daunting to take on the Department of Administration. Our case went all the way to the WERC (WI Employee Relations Commission). We won our case and the state had to pay my legal fees and my discipline was reversed and removed from my personnel file. Very quick to reply to my queries, and he listened to what I had to say. I don’t care much for attorneys in general, but Richard is a winner. Hire this guy.


May 2018
Atty. Richard Rice has been a valued man of counsel for many years now and continues to be. His wisdom and advice has tremendous value to me and my family and I continue to look forward to routine opportunities for ongoing dialogue. He has and will continue to be an important expert for my family and one attorney I’ll always refer others to. Terrific talent and an outstanding listener!!!


Professional Associations and Memberships

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