Personal Information

Background Highlights:

Graduate, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, 1981

Deputy County Attorney, Yavapai County, Arizona

Prosecutor, City of Phoenix, Arizona

Assistant Attorney General, State of Arizona

Private Practice since 1989

In-House Counsel, Fireman's Fund

Partner, Ricker & Bustamante, LLP 1997 - 2012

Partner
Manning & Kass
Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP
March 1, 2012 to present

Biographical Information:

Keith Ricker was born in Hanover, New Hampshire.  His family lived in numerous towns on the east coast and in the mid-west, as his father's job of heavy equipment operator moved them along various pipeline construction sites.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1974 and received a Juris Doctorate in Law from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1981.  While completing the four-year night school program for law school he worked full-time as a Management Analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs (1 yr.) and on Capitol Hill as Projects Assistant to Congressman William Harsha from Ohio (3 yrs).  He had the distinction of being chosen by day and evening classmates as speaker at his law school graduation.

The day after law school graduation, Keith and his wife Susan moved to Prescott, Arizona where Keith worked for a small law firm and later became a Deputy County Attorney.  In 1984 they moved to Phoenix where Keith gained experience as a Phoenix City Prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General, an associate attorney in private practice and in-house counsel for an insurance company.  As one of the lead attorneys for the State, Keith was responsible for prosecuting a land fraud case which resulted in the State recovering approximately $20 million and a portion of the land in question.

In 1997 Keith joined with Ernest Bustamante in setting up a private law practice in Phoenix, concentrating on insurance defense matters.  An Associate Attorney position was established to assist with subrogation cases but, by design, the law firm remained small in order to give long-time and new clients both quality service and affordable rates.  During his partnership at Ricker & Bustamante, L.L.P., Keith was employed by a variety of insurance entities and processed hundreds of insurance defense cases throughout the State of Arizona.  Through his contracts with the State, he expanded his practice to include medical malpractice work for physicians, hospitals and correctional institutions.  He routinely met with experts in the fields of medicine, construction, engineering, forensic studies, accident reconstruction, accounting and insurance.  His successes with insurance defense included numerous summary judgments, mediations, jury trials and appellate work.

In March 2012, Keith joined Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP, a law firm servicing clients throughout California and the western United States from offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Scottsdale.   Due to his loyal client base, Keith continues to work with a variety of insurance entities with emphasis on insurance defense.

Keith Ricker is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Arizona and the United States District Court of Arizona. 

Keith and Susan have two sons, live in the Arizona desert on the outskirts of Phoenix and love the hiking trails.  Keith's other passions include reading, history, baseball (he's a die hard Red Sox fan) and horses.

Insurance Defense, Civil Litigation

KEITH RICKER, Partner
Manning & Kass
Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP
6909 E. Greenway, Ste 200
Scottsdale, AZ  85254
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