Richard is a commercial lawyer practising principally in the areas of business law and wills and estates.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Richard is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1992. Richard practised business law in Vancouver with Douglas, Symes & Brissenden and later with Heenan Blaikie until forming his own firm in 2000.
Richard is a governor and past chair of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody. Richard has also served on the boards of the Coquitlam Heritage Society, the Coquitlam Foundation, and the Coquitlam Adanacs Senior A lacrosse club and as co-chair of the Coquitlam Terry Fox Run.
Richard is a former member of the Simon Fraser University Senate, the Board of Governors of the Children's Foundation of British Columbia, and the Board of Governors of the Meadowridge School Society. Richard previously served on the Advisory Planning Commission to the City of Burnaby, is a regular instructor in corporate law with the Professional Legal Training Course (the British Columbia bar admission course), and has instructed in the areas of franchise and licensing law with the People's Law School.