Richard (Rick) J. Gianino is the managing partner of the firm's office in Detroit, Michigan. He is a senior litigator who has devoted his professional career to the representation of insurance companies and health care providers in multiple areas of litigation and counseling.

Representative Client Work

Insurance coverage

  • Serves as a trusted advisor to a large Michigan mutual insurer, providing policy drafting and marketing advice, coverage analysis and litigation services
  • Represented a large excess carrier in the breast implant coverage litigation, including trial of that matter
  • Represents insurers in ERISA benefits decision with appeals to the Sixth Circuit, ERISA fiduciaries in breach of fiduciary claims, ERISA benefits consultants in professional liability claims
  • Represents agents and brokers in a variety of errors and omissions claims

Health Care Litigation

  • Serves as trusted advisor to state-wide social service organization, providing litigation and regulatory services in the area of assisted living, foster care and independent living settings
  • National coordinating counsel for large retail chain pharmacy, overseeing all pharmacy-related litigation and advising on regulatory and reporting matters
  • Represented majority shareholder in minority oppression suit involving health care practice
  • Successfully represented physicians and hospitals in medical liability cases, including the successful defense of breast and joint replacement, penile implant and infectious disease suits
  • Successfully represented medical device manufacturers and fabricators, including a leading maker of TMJ implants

Professional Affiliations

  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors - Detroit Barristers’ Association, 1982-84)
  • Wayne County Mediation Tribunal, 1988-2000
  • State Bar of Michigan (Negligence and Health Care Law sections)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (Claims Committee, and Total Quality Interest Section)


  • Life and Disability Insurance, Chapter 11 in Michigan Insurance Law and Practice for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, (Gianino, Fabian, et al., co-editors, 2018)

Speaking Engagements

  • Extended Care Seminar & Mock Trial, Troy, Mich., Nov. 6, 2009
  • Multiple seminars in insurance and medical liability for NBI, Inc.

Teaching Engagements

  • CPCU 5, 520 (Insurance Company Operations), CPCU 7 (Management), AIC 36 (Liability Claims Adjusting), AIC 35 (Property Claims Adjusting)
  • University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Instructor, 1989-1990
  •  Lawrence Technological University, Insurance Studies Program, 1992 - 2006



  • Boston College Law School, cum laude, J.D., 1981
  • Kalamazoo College, B.A., 1978


  • Michigan, 1981


Honors & Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating-AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Kalamazoo College, Distinguished Alumni Service Award, 2019
  • Pro Bono Recognition Award for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2014
  • Henry J. Foley Scholarship, Boston College Law School


Speaking Engagements

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