The Hon. Richard Edward Rico is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1999 by former governor Gray Davis. At the time of his appointment, Rico was the only judge serving on the court that was of Mexican descent. He was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 2000 as a result of the court's unification.
He is a registered Democrat.
Judge Rico graduated with his B.A. from Yale University in 1976. He went on to earn his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1984.
After graduating from law school, Rico joined the Los Angeles law firm of Breidenbach, Buckley, Huchting, Halm, and Hamblet. He practiced for the civil litigation firm for 11 years eventually being named a partner.
Then, in 1995, he left the private sector to join the California Court of Appeal for the 4th District, Division 3, where he worked closely with the Hon. William Rylaarsdam as a senior attorney. Rico would remain in that position until his appointment to the Municipal Court in 1999.
In 1994 Rico also became a judge pro-tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court.
In 2014 Judge Rico was under consideration for an appointment to a position on the Court of Appeal.
Judge Rico, who is a native of Los Angeles, has been a member of the Los Angeles Law Library Board of Trustees.
J.D. from Stanford Law School (1984)
B.A. from Yale University (1976)
Partner at Breidenbach, Buckley, Huchting, Halm & Hamblet in Los Angeles County, California (1985 to 1995)
Senior Attorney at Hon. William Rylaarsdam with the California Court of Appeal, 4th District (1995 to 1999)
Judge Pro-Tem at Los Angeles Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1994 to 1999)
Judge at Los Angeles Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1999 to 2000)