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Rick N. Bryson

Rick N. Bryson

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Of Counsel
Phoenix, Arizona

Rick uses his approximately thirty years of legal experience and leadership to solve clients' legal problems and provide meaningful service. His clients' goals are his goals. He has successfully handled complex six, seven and eight figure matters for clients and practices in the areas of intellectual property, employment, contract, corporate and insurance litigation. Rick listens, responds to and effectively addresses clients' legal needs.

Rick has been a Shareholder and Director and former Vice-President of the firm and is now Of Counsel. He has been named a "Southwest Super Lawyer" and a "Top Lawyer". He has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating for competence and professionalism. He is admitted to the Arizona Bar, the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rick has lectured and published, both nationally and locally, on legal topics and has served as a Judge Pro Tempore on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Adjunct Instructor of Law at ASU Law School, Chairperson of the Citizenship Education Committee of the American Bar Association YLD, President of the Arizona Management Society, Co-founder and President of Bringing Hope to Single Moms Arizona Foundation, National Steering Committee Member of the BYU Management Society, National Advisory Board for the National MENTOR Program and as Chairman, Litigation Section, International J. Reuben Clark Law Society. In recognition of his professional and civic activities, he has been awarded the Jesse A. Udall Distinguished Service Award by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Phoenix Chapter, was named an Outstanding Young Man of America and is listed in Who's Who in American Law.

On a personal note, Rick has competed in more than thirty marathons and triathlons, including the Boston Marathon and the California 70.3 Ironman.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Arbitration/ADR
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith and Defense
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Noncompete Agreements
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Patent Infringement
  • Trade Secret
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Contract
  • Corporate
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah
    • J.D. cum laude - 1984
    • Honors: Advanced Legal Writing and Research Award
    • Honors: The Rothman Company Award
    • Honors: Legal Research Grants
    • Honors: Scribes Award for The Outstanding Student Law Review Article
    • Law Review: Brigham Young University Law Review, Executive Editor, 1982 - 1984
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
    • B.S. - 1981
    • Honors: Federal Fellowship, USPTO and NTIA, Washington D.C., 1975-1976, 1979-1980
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society)
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • Arizona Adopts A New Type of Business Entity - The Limited Liability Company, AGC Legal Notes, March, 1993
  • Arizona Appellate Jurisdiction, Professional Publishing Group, May, 1991
  • Jurisdictional Pitfalls to Avoid in the Appellate Courts, Maricopa Lawyer, March, 1990
  • Effective Appellate Practice, National Business Institute, 1994
  • Co-Author, Now That You're 18, American Bar Association YLD, 1988
  • Co-Author/Editor, Can Lawyers Teach In The Classroom?, American Bar Association YLD, 1990
  • Co-Editor, The American Law Source Book for the Classroom Teacher, American Bar Association YLD, 2nd ed., 1989
  • The Citizen Education Committee, ABA, Offers LRE Resources, Arizona Communique, Spring, 1991
  • The Right to Sue Under Section 4 of the Clayton Act, Brigham Young University Law Review 173, March, 1983


  • Trade Secret Mediations, The Knowledge Group, 2016
  • Protecting Trade Secrets, Maricopa County Bar Association, 2015
  • How to Use a Lawyer, National Association of Businesses, 1992
  • Practicing at the Top, State Bar of Arizona, 1992
  • Teaching Law in the Classroom, ABA YLD Citizenship Education Committee, 1990
  • Appellate Litigation, CLE Seminar, State Bar of Arizona, 1991
  • Litigation: Beyond Legal Rights and Responsibilities, American Bar Association, 1991
  • "Wrongful Employment Termination" CLE Seminar, State Bar of Arizona
  • Chairperson and Moderator, "Lawyers as Repairers of the Breach: Using Legal Sills to Prevent and Resolve Disputes in the Legal System and Society", J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Conference
  • Panelist, "Lawyers As Examples of the Believers", J. Reuben Clark Law Society Annual Conference
  • BYU Management Society Annual Conference
  • "The Bicentennial of the Bill of Rights: A Call for a Bill of Responsibilities", Arizona Management Society
  • "Attorney High School Teaching Programs," Affiliate Outreach Project Convention, American Bar Association YLD
  • "The Fall and Rise of Moral Obligations", International Rotary

Honors and Awards (Past and Present)

  • Jesse A. Udall Distinguished Service Award, J. Reuben Clark Law Society Phoenix Chapter
  • "Southwest Super Lawyer" in Intellectual Property
  • "Top Lawyer," Arizona Business Magazine, in Intellectual Property
  • Martindale Hubbell’s Highest “AV” Rating for Competence and Professionalism
  • Young Man of America and is listed in Who's Who in American Law

Professional Associations and Memberships (Past and Present)

  • American Bar Association YLD, Chairperson, Citizenship Education Committee
  • Arizona Management Society, President
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Judge Pro Tempore
  • National Advisory Board, BYU Management Society, National Steering Committee, 1990
  • Arizona Bar Association, Member, Advisory Committee for Lawyer LRE Certification
  • National Association of Businesses, Member
  • Enterprises Network, Member
  • Arizona Innovation Network, Member
  • East Valley Partnership, Member
  • Chairman of the Litigation Section of the International J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Arizona J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Board Member
  • High School Mock Trial Competition, Arizona Center for Law-Related Education, Attorney Coach
  • High School Teaching Program, Maricopa County Bar Association, Attorney Teacher
  • National MENTOR Program, National Advisory Board
  • BYU Phoenix Alumni Regional Council
  • Maricopa County Jail, Volunteer Prison Instructor
  • Advisory Committee, Lawyer Certification Program in Law-Related Education, State Bar of Arizona

Past Employment Positions

  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Judge Pro Tempore
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Hon. Robert H. McWilliams, United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, Judicial Clerkship
  • ASU Law School, Adjunct Instructor of Law

Pro Bono and Charitable Activities (Past and Present)

  • BYU Phoenix Alumni Regional Council
  • Volunteer Prison Instructor, Maricopa County Jail
  • President of Bringing Hope to Single Moms Arizona Foundation
  • National Steering Committee Member of the BYU Management Society
  • National Advisory Board for the National MENTOR Program and as Chairman


  • Italian