Richard F. Hunter

Richard F. Hunter

Malone, New York
800-941-5001 (Toll Free)

Rick began his law career in 1987 after graduating third 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, and is a proud 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 the New York Supreme Court, as well as appeals in both the Appellate Divisions and New York Court of Appeals.

Rick represents individuals injured at work or in accidents, as well as those disabled because of physical or mental illness, many before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board and the Social Security Administration.

Recognizing that every claim and situation is different, Rick prides himself in taking the time to personally understand each client’s specific problems and concerns, giving full personal attention to every area of life that has been affected by an injury or physical and/or mental incapacity, pursuing justice and financial relief.

Rick has a strong commitment to the North Country and Malone area. His children have all attended or now attend Holy Family School and Franklin Academy in Malone. A strong believer in literacy and community service, Rick 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. He has also served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader and, since 2008, as Senior Warden and Vestry member at Potsdam's Trinity Church.

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, Illinois. Immediately after law school, he clerked with Hon. James K. Logan, United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, located in Denver, Colorado (where Rick grew up). He also served as Articles Editor for the University of Illinois Law Review.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • General Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Social Security Disability

Bar Admissions

  • 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
    • J.D. summa cum laude - 1987
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
    • B.A., magna cum laude - 1981
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island - 1982