rraven@reedsmith.com

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Ricky is a member of the Complex Litigation Group and serves as Co-leader of the Mass & Toxic Torts team. Ricky is a trial lawyer who focuses on products liability and mass tort litigation. For the past 25 years, he has had first-chair trial responsibilities on behalf of Honeywell International, Inc.’s national trial team in multidistrict litigation involving Bendix brakes. Ricky is also a member of the national trial team for Union Carbide Canada involving its personal watercraft litigation. Being assigned to national trial teams, Ricky works effectively with numerous local counsel in jurisdictions across the United States and North America.

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected to the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White Inc. (Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants); 2008-2018
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (Environmental); 2007-2017
  • Selected for Lawdragon 500, “Leading Lawyers in America” 2006 & 2010; Finalist, 2007
  • Listed among “Most Influential Black Lawyers” by Savoy Magazine, 2015
  • Recipient of the Dr. Marguerite Ross Barnett Alumni Achievement Award, University of Houston African American Studies Program, 2012
  • Selected to H Texas Magazine "Top Lawyers" 2015
  • Named by Diversity & the Bar as a “Law Firm Rainmakers”, 2012

Civic Involvement

  • Commissioner, State Commission on Judicial Conduct for the State of Texas
  • Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Trustee, University of Houston Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Commissioner, Police Officers' Civil Service Commission, Houston
  • Board of Directors, University of Houston Alumni Association; Chair, 2011-2012
  • Board of Directors, Yellowstone Academy
  • Board of Visitors, University of Houston
  • Board of Visitors, Southwestern University

News

  • Featured in Law360 on "How You Can Build a Better Book of Business," 4 January 2016
  • Featured in Texas Lawbook on “Most Influential Black Lawyers,” 17 March 2015
  • Featured in Law360 on Minority Powerbrokers, 20 November 2014
  • Mentioned in Houston Business Journal on HCC Foundation BOD, 10 September 2014
  • Interviewed by FOX26 on Donald Sterling NBA Ban, 28 April 2014
  • Quoted in Houston Business Journal on Serving Legal Papers Via Social Media, 2 April 2013
  • Quoted in The Texas Lawbook on Gold and Community Service, 19 March 2013
  • Interviewed by KIAH-TV Houston on Blomberg’s Not-Guilty Verdict, 12 March 2012
  • Mentioned in Texas Lawyer on New Appointments, 24 February 2012
  • Quoted in Texas Lawyer on Andrew Jefferson, Jr. Memorial, 15 December 2008  

Credentials

  • University of Houston Law Center, 1986, J.D.
  • University of Houston, 1983, B.S., Political Science, with honors

  • Arkansas
  • New York
  • Texas

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • Texas State Court

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Member, United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas