J. Richard Ratcliffe

J. Richard Ratcliffe

Managing Partner
Location:
Providence, Rhode Island
Phone:
401-331-3400
Fax:
401-331-3440
Email:

J. Richard Ratcliffe is a founding partner of Ratcliffe Harten Galamaga LLP, a former prosecutor and a well-respected trial lawyer.  He counsels clients in connection with contracts and licensing agreements, trademark and copyright issues, probate and regulatory matters, and represents individuals and corporations in civil, criminal proceedings in federal, state and municipal courts.  After earning his Juris Doctorate from Washington University and bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Providence College, Mr. Ratcliffe prosecuted narcotics, white-collar and public corruption cases as a Rhode Island Assistant Attorney General and cross-designated Special Assistant United States Attorney.  More recently, he has been selected by his peers as a "Rhode Island Super Lawyer" and, based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges, received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil and Criminal Trial Practice
  • Appeals
  • Business and Commercial
  • Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • Rhode Island, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1983

Education

  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Providence College
    • B.A. cum laude - 1978

Published Works

  • Representing Witnesses Before a Grand Jury: A Prosecutor's Perspective, Rhode Island Bar Journal, April, 1995
  • Chapter 15, R.I. Criminal Practice: An Overview (Co-Author), A Practical Guide to Superior Court Practice in Rhode Island, 1st Edition, 2015

Representative Cases

  • Stanton v. McCoy, 2013 R.I. Super. Lexis 93 (R.I. Superior)
  • Universal Truck & Equip. Co. v. Southworth-Milton, Inc., 765 F.3d 103 (1st Cir. 2014)
  • Rockland Credit Finance v. Fenestration Architectural Products,2008 R.I. Super.LEXIS 40 (R.I. Superior)
  • Clark Capital v. Navigator Investments, 2006 U.S. Dist.LEXIS 66969
  • The Center for Behavioral Health v. The Westerly Zoning Board of Review,394 F.Supp.2d 493 (D.R.I 2005)
  • Louis L. Vinagro, Jr. v. Jan H. Reitsma, in his capacity as Director of the RI Department of Environmental Management,260 F.Supp.2d 425 (D.R.I. 2003)
  • In re Brandon A., 760 A.2d 586 (R.I. S.Ct. 2001)
  • IBP, Inc. v. CONRAIL, 2000 U.S. Dist.LEXIS 7169, (D.Mass. 2000)
  • In re Rhode Island Grand Jury Subpoena, 414 Mass. 104 (Mass.S.Ct. 1992)

Classes/Seminars

  • Witness Preparation (Seminar Presentation) - 2009, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Recent Amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (Seminar Presentation) - 2003, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • The Local Rules of the U.S. District Court-R.I. - 2006, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Corporate Criminal Liability (Seminar Presentation) - 2006, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Motions to Expunge and Motions to Seal (Seminar Presentation) - 2002, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Pretrial Motions to Dismiss in Criminal Cases (Seminar Presentation) - 2001, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Trials (Seminar Presentation) - 2000, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Fundamentals of RICO (Seminar Presentation) - 1998, Assn. of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Computer Crime (Special Presentation) - 1995, Brown University
  • Use of Subpoenas (Instructor) - 1995, Rhode Island State Police Academy

Honors and Awards

  • Rhode Island Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association - Executive Committee, 2010 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association - House of Delegates, 1995 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2012 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association - Criminal Law Bench Bar Committee, Member, 1998 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association - Criminal Law Bench Bar Committee, Chair, 1998 - 2006
  • Federal Bar Association - RI Chapter, 2005 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association - RI Chapter, President-elect, 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, 1993 - 2004
  • RI Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee to Review Proposed Amendments to Rhode Island Rules of Evidence, 2000 - 2001
  • Editorial Board of Rhode Island Bar Journal, 1993 - 1996

Past Employment Positions

  • Temkin & Associates Ltd., Attorney, 1995 - 1998
  • Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1988 - 1995
  • Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, Cross-designated Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1988 - 1995
  • Zisson & Veara, Boston, MA, Associate, 1983 - 1987
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court, Providence, RI, Law Clerk to Hon. Donald F. Shea, 1982 - 1983
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court, Providence, RI, Law Clerk to Associate Justices, 1981 - 1982

Pro Bono Activities

  • Justice Assistance, Cranston, RI, 2006 - Present
  • McAuley House, Providence, RI, 2009 - Present
  • Haitian Project, 1995 - 2005
  • Common Cause (Governing Board), 1995 - 2000