Rick has built a distinguished career primarily in tax law, extending his expertise to mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory for numerous corporations, institutions, and their leadership. His journey in law began as a founding partner of Cruickshank Karvellas, leading the firm for 25 years before its amalgamation with Fraser Milner in 2000.
Throughout his career, Rick has been pivotal in major transactions, such as advising North American Construction Inc. on its sale and guiding The Focus Corporation and Voice Construction Ltd. through their respective acquisitions. His clientele includes high-net-worth entrepreneurs in Edmonton, for whom he has crafted estate, succession, and wealth management plans. These comprehensive services tackle unique family business challenges, from governance to philanthropy, ensuring harmony and strategic wealth distribution.
Rick's advisory extends beyond family businesses to include strategic, corporate, and tax guidance for private corporations, aiding in employee share purchase plans, executive compensation, and retirement planning. Additionally, he consults on governance and compliance for multi-employer pension plans.
Recognized for his contributions to the field, Rick has consistently been honored in publications like The Best Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for his work in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and tax law. His excellence has been further acknowledged with "Lawyer of the Year" awards and his appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 1996.
Rick's commitment to the legal community is evident through his roles with the Edmonton Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, and more. His influence extends into community service, having been actively involved with the Glenora Rotary, Riverbend United Church, and the University Hospital Foundation, among others. His leadership in corporate governance is demonstrated through his positions on the boards of EPCOR and Capital Power Corporation.
Operating from Edmonton, Rick's practice encompasses a wide range of focus areas from corporate governance to succession planning. His educational background from the University of Manitoba and Brown University underpins his legal acumen, further solidifying his standing as a respected figure in the legal and business communities.