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The breadth of Rick’s legal and life experience gives him the unique insight to successfully simplify and tackle the many issues which need to be addressed after an individual is injured in an accident. Practicing with his law partner, Lee Dawn Daniel, since 1988, Rick has been dedicated to helping the injured in a supportive and compassionate manner during his long career in our community.
Richard J. Fontaine’s thirty five year career as an attorney working on behalf of individuals in need of help has been marked with distinction. After his graduation from the University of Massachusetts in 1975 and the Syracuse University College of Law in 1978, he entered the United States Army as a full time active duty officer trying cases in the military trial system as a member of the esteemed Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After over four years of active duty, he entered the private practice of law in 1985, where he has worked exclusively in the field of personal injury law, with a particular emphasis on motor vehicle claims.
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In addition to this community service, he continued in the service of our country here at home and overseas as a U.S. Army Reservist with the Judge Advocate General's Corps for sixteen years until his retirement in 1999 as a decorated Lieutenant Colonel. His work on behalf of those in the service of our country was honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army in 1998 with the delivery of an Award for the provision of Outstanding Legal Assistance Services to the 3rd Military Law Center in Boston. Because of his knowledge and experience in the field of personal injury work, he has been sought out to provide instruction in personal injury law to other attorneys through the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education foundation and to act as an Instructor in Paralegal Studies at the Elms College.
Over the course of more than twenty years in private practice, he has appeared extensively on behalf of the injured in the various trial Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as handling hundreds of worker’s compensation matters for injured employees before the Department of Industrial Accidents. Because of his considerable litigation experience, he has also been granted special status to appear in the Connecticut trial courts with local counsel. His understanding of the needs of the injured resulted in him being elected as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, where he served for many years.