Serving as senior counsel with Arnold & Porter, Mr. Rice focuses on business law, civil litigation, securities law, venture capital and cyberspace law. Since he was admitted to practice by the State Bar of California in 1960, he has made every effort to stay at the forefront of changes within the legal community. Mr. Rice became especially concerned with cyberspace law, a new and rapidly evolving field that continued to stay abreast by new advancements in technology and internet activity as a whole. To this end, he was appointed as the first chair of the State Bar of California on cyberspace law and was very active in the American Bar Association on the cyberspace law committee. Notably, Mr. Rice was the first person to present papers on the subjects of the bitcoin and the block-chain to the American Bar Association. He has also written extensively on these subjects and their implications for the future.
Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Rice has been presented with an array of unique legal matters. One such occasion was when he represented the rightful heirs to the estate of Sally Stanford, a prominent member of the San Francisco Bar area community who rose to fame through her varied career as a madam, restaurateur and council member and mayor of Sausalito. Prior to her death, Ms. Stanford had been convinced to sign a will by a friend, thus complicating the probate process and blocking the rightful heirs from receiving their inheritance. Mr. Rice successfully litigated on their behalf, winning the case.
Reflecting on a career that has spanned nearly six decades, Mr. Rice recalls his early fascination with the law, how it was made, and how it was interpreted. Even at a young age, he understood the importance of a federal legal system in building a strong and progressive society. Mr. Rice completed undergraduate education at Princeton University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Public and International Affairs in 1954. Shortly after earning a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Michigan in 1959, he was admitted to practice in California, and later the Supreme Court of the United States. He briefly served as an associate with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro and Howard & Prim before settling into a more permanent role with Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin in 1964. Following more than four decades of service as a principal attorney, he was appointed senior counsel with Arnold & Porter in 2012.
Outside of his official appointments, Mr. Rice has contributed numerous articles to law reviews. He has also delivered presentations around the world in his particular fields of focus. However, Mr. Rice considers one of his greatest accomplishments to be when he was selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Business Law by the State Bar of California in 2009. That organization presents only one of these awards per year. Looking to the future, Mr. Rice intends to continue writing about developing legal issues. He may also consider teaching on a part-time basis, and may take a step back from practicing law to make himself available as an on-call mentor to future generations of attorneys. In recognition of his contributions to the legal community, Mr. Rice has been featured in a wide range of honors publications, including Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.
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