Tractor Trailer or Trucking Accidents
Automobile & Motorcycle Accidents
Nursing Home Abuse
Medical Malpractice and Negligence
Investment Losses and Securities Litigation
Qui Tam Whistleblower Cases
Elder Financial Abuse
Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Robert Rikard the prestigious AV® Preeminent™ rating indicating that he is ranked at the highest level of professional excellence. He is admitted to practice in all courts in South Carolina; U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina; and the United States 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been named by SuperLawyers as a “Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney.” He frequently speaks at attorney continuing legal education seminars on such topics as Tractor Trailer Accidents, Medical Malpractice Cases, Nursing Home Injuries, and Legal Ethics. He is certified as a mediator by the Supreme Court’s Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification, and is knows as a skillful and effective negotiator on behalf of his clients in mediations and settlement proceedings.
Robert Rikard has litigated complex civil and criminal cases across the United States since 1997. Robert focuses his practice in the areas of complex civil, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, and investment/securities fraud. Robert has served as lead counsel in numerous class actions around the country. He has tried to verdict cases involving wrongful death, tractor trailer accidents, medical malpractice, and business litigation matters. Robert’s skills as a litigator and creative problem solver allow him to serve the needs of clients in a very dynamic way.
Robert grew up in Sumter, South Carolina. The son of a court reporter, and a career law enforcement officer, Robert learned through the example of his parents what service to others really means. His desire to become an attorney was fueled by his respect for the law and a desire to help those who must turn to the courts for solutions to their problems. Robert, his children and wife, Allyson, make their home in Columbia, SC.
- Robert is proud of his work in representing some of our most vulnerable members of society in nursing home abuse cases and seeking justice for their injuries.
- Robert has served on various MDL steering committees.
- Robert is a member of the Richland County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Association of Justice and American Association of Justice. He is currently serving as Editor of the South Carolina Association of Justice and is the past Co-chairman of the Public Education Committee for AAJ.
The initial contact with our firm is free of charge. Once your information has been reviewed we will determine how to best proceed regarding your potential case. We offer a number of fee structures. The majority of cases we handle involve a contingent fee contract with the client. That means we do not get paid until and unless our client makes a recovery. Generally, our fees will be a percentage of any recovery, and that percentage is computed before deducting expenses. Typically, the expenses are deducted from the settlement and our firm is reimbursed for any advanced expenses. Each matter is on a case by case basis and the fee structure is disclosed in writing if representation is undertaken. In other circumstances, we will represent a client on an hourly basis. In those cases, the retainer agreement will reflect that the client will pay an agreed upon hourly rate, expenses are paid as they are incurred and there is typically a retainer payment required. In all arrangements, the full details of the fee and cost agreement with our firm will be explained in detail before we begin pursuing your potential claim(s). To protect our client’s interests we additionally require that all fee agreements between the firm and the client be in writing. Robert Rikard, Esq. 1329 Blanding Street Columbia, SC 29201