Ricardo practices in Burr and Forman's Torts and Insurance Practice Group (TIPS) with an emphasis on government liability, product and toxic tort liability and insurance litigation.
Ricardo serves as the Chief Legal Counsel and City Attorney for the City of Mobile. He was appointed to this post by the Honorable William S. Stimpson in 2013. In his capacity as City Attorney Ricardo manages all of the City’s outside counsel, serves as chief legal adviser to the executive branch of the local government, and serves as the executive director of the City of Mobile’s internal legal department.
Ricardo’s insurance litigation experience includes issues related to defalcation, bad agents, fraud and coverage agents. His product liability experience includes industrial grade machinery, warranty claims, automobile components, toxic torts and chemical agents.
He is a creative problem solver who provides his clients with innovative and cost effective solutions and strategies. He is no stranger to the courtroom and he is experienced in handling all stages of complex litigation. Ricardo has first-chair jury trial experience, as well as extensive pre-trial litigation experience. He has successfully defended matters, which included allegations of wrongful death, paralysis, severe bodily injuries, and catastrophic property loss
Ricardo was appointed by Chief Judge Callie V.S. Granade of the United States District Court to a Merit Selection Committee to recommend candidates for a federal magistrate position for the Southern District of Alabama.
In addition to his service to the bar and his government service, Ricardo has served as a leader in the non-profit community over the years as the President of 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile, Inc., Chairman of Mobile United, President of the Vernon Z. Crawford (an NBA affiliate), Chairman of AL.com’s first Gulf Coast Young Professional’s Summit, and the Vice-chair of Prichard Preparatory School.
As an active member of DRI, Ricardo is a member of the Diversity Committee (Large Law Firm Chair), the Government Liability Committee, the Insurance Law and Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee.
Ricardo is a native of Natchez, Mississippi. He attended both law school and college as a recipient of leadership scholarships. While in law school, he was a member of the school’s nationally ranked Trial Team, and he served as the Chief Judge of the Trial Board.