Richard Rizk is the senior lawyer at RizkLaw, an Oregon plaintiff personal injury & insurance, law firm he founded in 2001. Richard passionately seeks justice for everyday people in the context of serious injury and denied insurance claims. Richard believes that success as a personal injury lawyer requires passion, a deep understanding of insurance and readiness to try every case. Mr. Rizk has resolved over $15M in claims. His goal is successful resolution of your claim quickly and for the greatest amount possible.
A former insurance defense and coverage lawyer, Mr. Rizk now serves everyday people every day at RizkLaw. From 1996 to 2000 Mr. Rizk managed high exposure environmental litigation for Nationwide Insurance nationally from Chicago, Illinois. Before that, he defended Nationwide’s insureds in the context of personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.
Mr. Rizk is the oldest son of a surgeon and a psychiatric nurse. Mr. Rizk graduated with degrees in political science and advertising from Southern Methodist University in 1985. He graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in 1988 and is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Illinois (inactive) and Federal Court (District Court of Oregon & 9th Circuit). Mr. Rizk graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1981.
Richard serves on the board of directors for South Portland Business Associationand Cascade Ski Club. Mr. Rizk coaches downhill ski racing for Oregon Special Olympics and serves as an advisor to Easter Seals (Oregon). “Rich” lives in southwest Portland, Oregon with his wife Jill and cats Justice and Mr. Wiggins.
Don Nash was born in Portland and grew up in various small towns in Tillamook County. After high school, Don joined the Army during the Vietnam conflict. After an Honorable Discharge, Mr. Nash continued his education with help from the Vietnam Veteran’s GI Bill, attending the University of Hawaii with a degree in Asian Studies. As a result of these experiences, Don speaks Thai fluently. Coming full circle, Don is now the very proud of father of an U.S. Army Colonel.
Don has over 30 years of paralegal experience helping deserving persons obtain the best possible outcome for their personal injury claims. He has advanced litigation support skills, and a deep understanding of medical terminology, surgical procedures and impairment ratings. Don loves his job and is appreciated for his positive outlook!
Jerome P. Larkin
Jerome P. Larkin is Of Counsel to RizkLaw. Mr. Larkin specializes in the administrative appeals of long-term and short-term disability claims, and litigation on these cases in U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals. A Chicago native, Mr. Larkin graduated from Northwestern University and then Lewis & Clark Law School.
Previously, Mr. Larkin was an associate at the Law Office of Robert E. Franz, Jr. in Springfield, Oregon, specializing in municipal and appellate law. Mr. Larkin worked for twenty years as a trial counsel, staff attorney and appellate counsel for SAIF Corporation in Portland and Salem, and also served as a special assistant attorney general during this time.
Mr. Larkin sings as a Second Tenor in the Portland Symphonic Choir, and serves as a cantor or staff singer at three churches in the Portland area.
Carolyn Ann Quinn
Carolyn Ann Quinn comes to RizkLaw with 25 years of auto claim handling experience at a major insurance carrier. At RizkLaw, she continues to use her knowledge to assist clients in successfully navigating auto insurance claims. “It’s the organization’s philosophy and its co-workers that make work enjoyable. And here at RizkLaw, the high level of integrity, and employees that genuinely want to work as a team to help our clients, are what makes RizkLaw a fantastic place to work.” On her free time, Carolyn enjoys browsing through used clothes stores, reading, sewing, hiking with her husband and daughter, and simply tooling about town.
Carolyn Ann Quinn
Alex Pletch knew at an early age that he had a knack for arguing. Coming from a politically-charged family, debates were common around the dinner table. He is the first to attend law school among a hard-working family of many professions. During his undergraduate education, he took an interest in sociology and criminal justice. At first, he was inclined to focus on criminal law before attending Lewis & Clark. As he advanced through law school he grew more interested in tort law and helping those who are less legally savvy get what they deserve from the justice system.
RizkLaw isn’t Alex’s first experience working for a law firm. When he lived in the Seattle area during his undergrad years, Alex worked for Robert D. Butler where he assisted primarily in the firm’s employment, discrimination, and harassment cases. Today, Alex has recently wrapped up his final year at Lewis & Clark. He found out about RizkLaw through a law school classmate who attended a legal networking event. Richard happened to be there, in need of an assistant.
Sam Pope was born and grew up in Lawrence, a college town in eastern Kansas. During college Sam spent his free time tutoring fellow students and volunteering with local non-profits such as the Kansas Visiting Nurses and local animal shelters. After receiving his BA in Chemistry from the University of Kansas, Sam worked for the non-profit Community Living Opportunities as a direct support professional, and then a manager, providing assistance to adults with disabilities. Sam came to Portland to study at Lewis & Clark, where he is currently a law student.
Sam has a strong drive to fight for those who have been wronged, and has a long career of public service ahead of him. Through his background in the sciences and other experiences, Sam has gained a solid understanding of medical terminology and anatomy. Sam spends most of his spare time entertaining his two dogs, but also loves to cook, hike, listen to music, and catch up on Netflix.
Olivia Dunkley greets all with a warm smile from the RizkLaw reception desk. Olivia balances empathy & kindness with laser focus toward effective and timely solutions. She’s excited to be working with passionate, hardworking people and grateful to lend a helping hand. A dog lover and casual artist from an island in the Puget Sound, Olivia feels right at home in Northwest Portland, surrounded by good food and kind people.
Receptionist and Project Assistant