Rich has over 39 years’ experience in state and local tax controversy and planning. He leads the Firm's litigation practice.
Before joining the Firm, Rich was Chief of the Taxation Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office for over twenty years. In that position, he was responsible for handling or supervising all state tax litigation at the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and all state and federal courts. He represented the Tax Commissioner in hundreds of cases before the Board of Tax Appeals and has extensive experience in appellate practice, having represented the State in over two hundred appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio Courts of Appeals, as well as several appeals before the United States Supreme Court.
After leaving the Attorney General’s office, Rich was a member of a multistate law firm and practiced in the firm’s Multistate Tax Group where he represented numerous large multistate and multinational corporations as well as high wealth individuals in tax planning and controversies. Since joining the Firm, Rich has litigated cases for numerous large multistate and multinational corporations at the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court
Rich has a great deal of experience with the mediation program of the Ohio Supreme Court, having represented the Tax Commissioner and Taxpayers in numerous mediation conferences before that tribunal. He is also skilled in conducting settlement negotiations during tax audits and appeals.
Prior to his appointment as Chief of the Taxation Section, Rich served as Chief of the Charitable Law Section and the Criminal Activities Division of the Attorney General’s Office.
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., cum laude (1972)
Miami University, B.A. (1969)
United States Supreme Court
Awards and Honors
Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to serve on the Court’s Committee to Review the Rules of Practice.
Professionalism award, Ohio Attorney General
Ohio State Bar Association
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