J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1982
B.A., Macalester College, 1979
- State of Ohio, 1982
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1984
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
My inspiration as an attorney comes from my grandfather, an old school solo practitioner who treated his clients and adversaries with the utmost professionalism and respect.
Before joining Reminger in 1980 as a law clerk, Rick earned an economics degree and worked at a major accounting firm. He leveraged his business experience in building a practice devoted to the defense of medical, dental, and non-medical professionals. Rick has tried more than 100 first chair jury trials and has focused his practice on litigation involving:
- Medical and Dental Liability
- Professional Liability
- Commercial Liability
- General Liability
In addition, Rick devotes substantial efforts to advising businesses and healthcare professionals on a wide variety of issues. He is a regular speaker not only at risk management programs for physicians, dentists and allied health professionals, but also at the Case School of Dental Medicine, where he serves as Assistant Professor.
Rick is a member of the Grace Hospital Board of Directors. Within the firm, Rick serves as the Co-Chair of the Dental Liability practice group. An officer of the corporation, he also is on Reminger's Executive, Management and Marketing Committees, and the Board of Directors. Rick played a significant role in establishing the Reminger Foundation, a 501(C)(3) charity which supports worthwhile causes in the communities where Reminger employees and clients live and work. He offers his ongoing guidance to the rotating Board of Directors of the Reminger Foundation charity.
Honors & Recognitions
Ohio Legal Center Institute Award of Merit
OMSNIC Continuing Excellence Award-2008, 2010, 2012
Fortress: Outstanding Service and Partnership Award-2014
Rated Distinguished by Martindale-Hubbell, widely respected by peers for high professional achievement and ethical standards
Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine
Professional Memberships & Community Affiliations
American Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
-Fee Dispute Resolution Committee
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Arbitration Chairman
William J. Thomas Inn of Court
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Assistant Professor Case School of Dental Medicine-1997 to Present
Member, Grace Hospital Board of Directors-2009 to Present
Delegate, Eighth Judicial Conference-Life Member
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation-Fellow
“From my perspective, Rick has given a whole new definition to ‘creative.’ Naturally, we are delighted with the outcome, recognizing that this was an extremely difficulty case for all of us. Thanks again for your excellent work.”
-Charles, President and CEO
“I can’t thank Rick enough for the massive amount of work he did on the assessment of the ADA Practice Guidelines. I shared his concerns with them and he knocked their socks off.”
-Kathleen, Assistant Vice President-Risk Management
“I want to convey my utmost thanks in Rick’s handling of my case. His disposal in this matter was excellent beyond mention. I appreciate his professionalism and courteous manner.”
“I can’t begin the tell you how relieved I am and to thank Rick for his expertise in dealing with my problem. His sympathy and understanding helped me survive this traumatic experience.”
“Richard Rymond can understand proper care better than a ‘good’ dentist. He is a very talented attorney.”
“I would like to personally thank Rick for the way my case was handled. Especially, how timely everything was expedited and the excellent advice he offered. I have the highest confidence in Rick’s decisions.”
"I wanted to thank you again for the amazing job you've done with my case. Thank you not just for being an amazing attorney, but for having a big heart. You've put in way more than expected for this case, I am so overwhelmed still."
"I appreciate your expertise and knowledge in handling my case before the magistrate. You called it and made it happen."
- Plaintiff v. Prosthodontist DefendantMarch 30, 2018, Defense VerdictCuyahoga
Defense of dental malpractice claim against prosthodontist alleging chronic pain from implants and ill-fitting overdentures.
- Plaintiff v. Orthodontist DefendantOctober 10, 2013, Defense VerdictCuyahoga
Defense of dental malpractice case involving allegations of damaged enamel secondary to prolonged orthodontic care.
- Dept. of Health and Human Services v. J. Doe, D.D.S.September 24, 2013, No Action TakenCuyahoga
Defense of DHHS investigation of alleged HIPAA privacy violations
- Plaintiff v. General Dentist DefendantMay 10, 2012, Appeal DismissedOhio Supreme Court
Ohio Supreme Court dismissed appeal of judgment favoring defendants in case involving alleged failure to diagnose oral cancer.
- March 19, 2012, Judgment Affirmed11th Appellate Dist
Plaintiff's unsuccessful appeal of trial court judgment in favor of defendants dentists in case involving alleged failure to diagnose oral cancer.
- Plaintiff v. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon DefendantOctober 28, 2011, Defense VerdictCuyahoga
Defense verdict in favor of oral and maxillofacial surgeon involving infection and osteomyelitis following routine extractions.
- Plaintiff v. ENT DefendantJune 24, 2011, Directed VerdictCuyahoga
Defense verdict in favor of ENT and employer arising out of facelift procedure with alleged cosmetic deformity.
- Plaintiff v. General Dentist DefendantJanuary 21, 2011, Defense VerdictCuyahoga
Defense of dental malpractice claim involving alleged development of malocclusion and TMJ following cosmetic restoration.
- Plaintiff v. Oral Surgeon DefendantNovember 21, 2008, Defense VerdictCuyahoga
Defense verdict for oral surgeon involving allegations of fractured jaw arising out of extraction.
- Plaintiff v. Oral Surgeon DefendantAugust 16, 2007, Defense VerdictLyndhurst Muni Ct.
Defense verdict in favor of oral surgeon involving nerve injury following routine extraction.
- Plaintiff v. General Dentist DefendantMay 2, 2007, Defense VerdictErie
Defense of dental malpractice claim involving failed root canal procedure.
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