Legal Broadcast Network commentator Frederick “Rick” Kuykendall announced that he has joined the firm of another regular LBN guest, Michael Hausfeld. Rick Kuykendall has been a frequent commentator on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, most recently in his analysis of what role Justice Scalia might play in the handling and consideration of the case. Michael Hausfeld has spoken with LBN about O’Bannon v. NCAA, a case in which he was the lead attorney. For more information on Mr. Kuykendall’s move to Hausfeld, see this announcement at the Hausfeld website.
LBN looks forward to continuing contributions from both of these fine lawyers. It is a real treat for LBN viewers to have the insights and skillful analysis from the lawyers who are involved in the big cases they discuss.
Mr. Kuykendall began his law practice in Birmingham, Alabama with one of the most successful union side, labor law firms in the United States -- Cooper, Mitch, Crawford and Kuykendall. After becoming the managing partner, Rick presided over the firm’s evolution into a successful and powerful plaintiff/public interest law firm with a nationwide practice. Despite the firm’s rapid growth and financial success, Rick never allowed the firm to deviate from its core mission of helping those who needed it the most, despite the odds.
Rick’s practice, while focused on complex litigation all over the country, also involved active efforts in alternative dispute resolution. Since 1995, he has been lead counsel or co-counsel in cases which resulted in verdicts and/or settlements far in excess of two billion dollars (over 500 million dollars since 2003 alone). These cases range from individual personal injuries to national mass and class actions in the areas of environmental, consumer and pharmaceutical law. Rick has served as a court appointed special master in the Anniston, Alabama Monsanto litigation.
Since his days on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant in the United States House of Representatives, Rick has maintained an active role in politics. He was appointed by the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board to serve as a select committee member to oversee reforms of practice and procedure before the Board. Rick was appointed by the Governor of Alabama to his commission on environmental affairs, served as a trustee on the Kerry/Edwards Campaign and is currently a member of the Majority Trust of the Democratic Senatorial Committee. Rick has served multiple terms on the public affairs and elections committees of plaintiff side bar associations and plaintiff steering committees of MDLs.
Rick has been a frequent speaker at national meetings. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama with his daughter, Amalee. His son Frederick is an honors student at the University of Alabama who completed an internship with the majority leader of the United States Senate, Harry Reid (D-NV). Rick’s long time interests in his community and the environment have led to his active participation in the Water Keepers Alliance. After having helped co-found the Pensacola Water Keepers, he served on its first board of directors before eventually joining the board of directors of the Mobile Bay Water Keepers.
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