Ricardo is a defense trial lawyer and practices in Burr and Forman’s Torts and Insurance Practice Group (TIPS) with an emphasis on, product and toxic tort liability, insurance litigation and government liability.
Ricardo serves as the Chief Legal Counsel and City Attorney for the City of Mobile. He was appointed to this position by Mayor William S. Stimpson in 2013. In his capacity as City Attorney, Ricardo manages the City’s outside counsel at multiple law firms, 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. He understands the internal pressure of being a part of the everyday cost and operating systems of a client.
Ricardo’s insurance litigation experience includes issues related to defalcation, bad faith, fraud and coverage agents. His product liability and toxic tort experience includes the defense of cases involving industrial grade machinery, warranty claims, automobile components, solvents and other 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, consumer protection claims, financial services, severe bodily injuries, and catastrophic property loss.
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., Chair of Mobile United, President of the Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Association (an NBA affiliate), Chairman of AL.com’s first Gulf Coast Young Professional’s Summit, and the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Prichard Preparatory School.
As an active member of DRI, Ricardo is a member of the Diversity Committee (Vice-Chair), the Government Liability Committee, and Toxic Tort and Environmental Steering Committee. He is also a member of the IADC and FDCC.
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.