There are everyday life experiences and there is legal experience. Dick’s everyday life experiences include working on farms cutting and housing tobacco, operating a direct marketing company and serving as a principal in a company that represented professional athletes. Dick leads. He served as president of the Ruritan Club (three times), the Optimist Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the Central Kentucky Football Officials Association.
Traveling throughout Europe and the United States has proven to be enlightening. In January 2000, Dick spent a week in Havana, Cuba during the Julio Gonzales crisis. He learned how to deal with people as an athlete in high school, college and in the present. He learned compassion when our schools were integrated as a high school student in the 50’s in Georgetown.
Over the years, Dick has faced many serious issues and tense situations. He’s tried over 60 cases to a jury verdict and has handled many others which settled. These cases included contracts, estates and wills, criminal matters, injuries, bankruptcies, suits against banks and property line issues.
Early on, Dick learned to associate with top trial lawyers around the country. He meets with them at legal seminars, visits their homes and talks with them by phone. His goal is always to become a better attorney and advocate for the people who entrust their problems to him.
An attorney without experience is always trying to catch up. Hire Mr. Rawdon, an Georgetown trial lawyer who will start out ahead of the game.
A good attorney must have good people skills. Dick’s strongest skill is his ability to listen – an acquired skill. He puts himself in other people’s positions, including that of his client, the opponent and the judge.
Dick despises bullies, whether they be insurance companies, banks or large corporations.
Do you want an attorney who doesn't listen to you? Of course not. Hire Mr. Rawdon, a Georgetown trial lawyer who will get the results you want, not what others think you need.
Dick never stops learning. He reads books on the latest trial techniques, attends cutting edge trial seminars and practices what he learns. Consequently, he loves to try cases. Many lawyers will not try a case.
Before you hire an attorney ask these questions:
1) How Much Trial Experience Does The Firm Have With Your Type of Injury?
2) Will They Want To Settle For A Quick Cheap Payoff Or Are They Willing To Take Your Case To Trial To Get The Results That You Deserve?
3) Will They Listen To You?
If you will not try a case, there is no leverage for settlement.
Do you want an attorney who still tries cases like they did 10 years ago? Mr. Rawdon, a Central Kentucky trial lawyer is up to date on today’s trial techniques.
To be an effective trial lawyer, the lawyer must be physically and mentally fit. Dick exercises daily – either running or weight lifting. He maintains a healthy diet. He reads fiction, history and biographies, and studies legal books; he stays abreast of daily news and politics.
Dick has a quick wit and is a quick thinker. Some might consider him a little crazy because he is not afraid to take a chance.
Most importantly, your lawyer must have integrity, must be honest and act ethically.
Trial work is exhausting. Only the physically and mentally fit can compete. Hire Mr. Rawdon to represent you.
Dick, a Georgetown native, graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York and University of Louisville School of Law. He has practiced law in Georgetown since 1968 and practices in all Kentucky state and federal courts. Martindale-Hubbell rates him AV preeminent, the highest rating an attorney can receive.
Dick is a Past-President of the Kentucky Justice Association (formerly Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys) and continues to serve on its Board of Governors. He is a member of American Association of Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), and is a former member of its Board of Governors. Dick is an invited member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, a former member of the Publications Committee, a former member of the Ethics Committee and a past president of Georgetown Scott County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Association of Plaintiffs' Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, as well as the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys.
In order to be up to date on the law and trial techniques he attends seminars and courses lasting from a day to a week. His continuing education has included the Court Practice Institute, National College of Advocacy Ultimate Trial Advocacy Course and its Post Ultimate Course, Kentucky Justice Association and American Justice Association courses, Association of Plaintiffs' Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and Keenan Ball seminars. Dick has given talks to Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, Mississippi Trial Lawyers Associations and the Kentucky and American Justice Associations.
The most significant of his reported cases is Metropolitan Pro & Con Ins. v. Overstreet, 103 S. W. 3d 31 (2003). This case set out the parameters of when a person who is examined by a defense doctor can have the examination videotaped. It prevents an insurance hired gun from violating your rights by lying to a jury.
Dick has been involved in several cases with verdicts and settlements of over a million dollars and many more above $500,000.00. He has had jury verdicts in Bourbon, Boyle, Fatette, Franklin, Grant, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Owen, Pendleton, and Scott Counties and Federal Courts in Bowling Green, Frankfort, Lexington and London.
An active member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Dick served as its senior warden, numerous times on the Vestry and as Chairman of Stewardship Drive. He was a member of the first Leadership Kentucky class sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in 1985.
For 34 years Dick was a high school and small college football official. He served as president of the Central Kentucky Football Officials Association. Since his retirement as an official he has been in charge of footballs for Scott County High School on game days.
Dick’s hobby is running marathons. Since 2001 he has run 12 marathons in Europe and over 45 altogether. His marathons include Boston (9 times), New York, San Francisco, Big Sur (Carmel, California), Paris, Vienna, Stockholm, Berlin, Dublin, Amsterdam plus smaller races in Italy, France, Davos, Salzburg and Switzerland.