One of the Nation's Top Trial Lawyers

Attorney Richard A. Rice, Jr.Richard Rice - Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer

A Trusted Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer

As a former federal prosecutor and a dedicated criminal defense attorney, Attorney Richard Rice fights diligently to safeguard the rights of his clients. As a member of Mensa International, an organization only open to those persons whose IQ is in the top 2% of world’s population, he uses his considerable knowledge of the law to defend his client’s futures

For his dedication, Attorney Rice has been honored to receive numerous accolades, including:

  • Being named a “Legal Elite” by Georgia Trend Magazine

  • Inclusion on the Georgia Super Lawyers® list

  • An Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb

  • Being named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Experience as a Former Prosecutor

As an Assistant United States Attorney, Richard Rice served as a federal prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) section. He investigated and prosecuted international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations operating throughout the Western hemisphere. Mr. Rice was an expert in investigations involving electronic surveillance, such as Title III (wiretap) investigations.

Mr. Rice also coordinated multi-jurisdictional and interagency investigations and prosecuted the full spectrum of federal crimes, including:

  • Public corruption

  • Fraud schemes

  • Firearm offenses

  • Bank robberies

  • Internet crimes

Experience as Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Navy

As an officer in the Navy JAG Corps, Rice achieved a stunning acquittal rate of over 80% in contested courts-martial. These results are more impressive given the fact that he tried more cases than any other defense counsel in the second largest military district.

This success continued as Richard Rice next served as appellate defense counsel for defendants in the Navy and Marine Corps located throughout the world. For instance, Richard Rice appealed the conviction and sentence of a senior non-commissioned officer who had been sentenced to over twenty years in prison. The conviction and sentence were overturned and then the client was acquitted of all charges when the Government again prosecuted the Marine.

Richard Rice obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was awarded both the Navy and Marine Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his work as a defense counsel.


  • The American Bar Association
  • The Atlanta Bar
  • The Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • The Federal Bar Association (Atlanta Chapter)
  • The Sorin Society of the University of Notre Dame
  • The Army Navy Club of Washington, D.C.
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The United States Supreme Court Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia


  • University of Notre Dame Law School - Juris Doctorate
    • Managing Editor of the Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy
    • White Scholar at the Thomas J. White Center on Law and Government
  • University of Georgia- Bachelor’s Degree

Awards & Associations

Excellent Service, Excellent Reputation

  • Super Lawyers
  • NTLA
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Mensa
  • Georgia Trend
  • Avvo