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Richard H. Deane Jr. (Rick)


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  • University of Michigan (LL.M. 1979); The University of Georgia (J.D. 1977; Earl Warren Scholar; B.A. cum laude 1974)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Government Service

  • U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia (1998-2001); Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (1994-1998); and Chief of the Criminal Division (1990-1994), Chief of the General Crimes Section (1986-1990), and Assistant U.S. Attorney (1980-1986), Northern District of Georgia, United States Department of Justice

Rick Deane represents clients who are facing all types of criminal or civil investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and other investigative agencies. He has extensive experience in federal grand jury investigations, trying cases in state and federal courts, and appearing before the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. Rick recently served as lead counsel in defending criminal charges against a major design-build company. All charges against the company were dismissed, and the company paid a civil assessment. He also served as lead counsel in a month-long personal injury case tried in state court to a complete defense verdict. In addition, he handles general litigation matters.

Rick's representative clients include the Atlanta School Board, The Facilities Group, the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, The Public Warehousing Company K.S.C., The Sherwin-Williams Company, and numerous others.

Rick is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves as a member of the Board of Regents for the College. He was recently chosen by the State Bar of Georgia's bench and bar committee as the attorney recipient of the 12th Annual Chief Justice Thomas O. Marshall Professionalism Award. The award honors "one lawyer and one judge who have demonstrated the highest professional conduct and paramount reputation for professionals." In addition, he received the Atlanta Bar Association's Leadership Award in 2016 and the "Thomas J. Waldrop Truth & Justice Award" in recognition of his representation of Atlanta School Superintendent, Dr. Beverly Hall, during the Atlanta cheating scandal. Rick is also a past president of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys (NAFUSA).

Honors & Distinctions

  • Georgia "Commercial Litigation Department of the Year" Winner (April 2014); "General Litigation Department of the Year" (April 2013), The Daily Report

    Listed in Best Lawyers in America (2016)

    Named by Time Magazine (2001) to "Time 100 List of Innovators" featured in the Georgia edition of Super Lawyers magazine

    Listed in Chambers USA Band 1, litigation: white collar defense and Georgia Trend magazine's "Legal Elite"
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