Richard F. Hunter
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Rick’s career as a lawyer began in 1987 after graduating 3rd in his class from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has practiced law in the North Country at Fischer, Bessette, Muldowney & Hunter, LLP since 1992. He is proud to be an advocate and counsel for his North Country friends and neighbors.
Rick has represented individuals at hundreds of trials and administrative hearings; including jury trials in New York Supreme Court, as well as appeals in both the Appellate Divisions and New York Court of Appeals.
Rick represents numerous individuals including those injured at work or in accidents, as well as persons who are disabled because of physical or mental illness. Rick represents many persons before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board and the Social Security Administration.
Rick recognizes that every claim and situation is different; he prides himself in taking the time to get to know each client’s specific problems and concerns. When someone has been injured or develops physical or mental incapacity, many areas of his or her life have been affected. Rick believes that when this happens, the injured or disabled person deserves full attention to all areas of life that have been affected, including providing justice and financial relief.
An injury on the job often involves not only a Workers’ Compensation claim, but may also present a Social Security Disability or SSI claim, as well as a potential claim or lawsuit against someone who was careless in causing the injury. Rick has developed skills to handle all aspects and potential effects of personal injury and disability, and offers wide-ranging and fully integrated advice and services in these areas of law.
Rick has a strong commitment to the North Country and Malone area. His children have all attended or now attend Franklin Academy in Malone, and all have graduated from Holy Family School in Malone. Rick believes in literacy and community service. He is a long-time member and past president of the Malone Rotary Club, as well as Trustee and past Board President of the Malone Wead Library. Other community involvement has included being a leader for Cub Scout and Boy Scout, as service as Senior Warden and Vestry member at Potsdam's Trinity Church since 2008.
Prior to joining the firm in 1992, Rick was an associate with Stinson, Mag & Fizzell in Kansas City, Missouri and an associate with Jenner & Block, in Chicago, Illinios. Immediately after law school, Rick clerked with Hon. James K. Logan, United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, located in Denver, Colorado (where Rick grew up). During law school, Rick served as Articles Editor for the Law Review and graduated summa cum laude (with highest praise). He graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and holds an MA degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Areas of Practice
- Litigation & Appeals
- General Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Workers Compensation
- Social Security Disability
- Illinois, 1987
- Missouri, 1989
- New York, 1992
- Kansas, 1991
- U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1994
- U.S. District Court District of Kansas, 1992
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1988
- U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1991
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1988
- University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
- Law summa cum laude - 1987
- Honors: Order of the Coif
- Law Review: University of Illinois Law Review, 1985 - 1987
- Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
- B.A.magna cum laude - 1981
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
- Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island - 1982