Richard was born and raised in Hardin County and is a graduate of North Hardin High School. From a young age, Richard was influenced by the success and community dedication of his grandfather, Bobby Cooper, who founded a successful insurance company that still serves the community today. Richard was guided from a young age to always keep a strong work ethic, work to better the community, and always show respect toward others.
Education & Profesional Experience:
Richard earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Transylvania with additional concentrations in Chemistry and Economics.
After law school, Richard began his legal career at the Department of Public Advocacy working as a criminal trial attorney. Working on cases ranging from DUI and shoplifting offenses all the way up to capital murder and serious felony offenses, Richard obtained justice for his clients through favorable trial verdicts and countless pre-trial resolutions for the benefit of his clients. His zealous advocacy and experience in public health enabled him to fight the ongoing drug epidemic by assisting hundreds of clients and their families on the journey toward recovery and rehabilitation.
Richard joined SBWH in 2022, where he continues his passion for helping clients navigate various difficult legal issues.
Business Development & Consulting
In addition to his legal career, Richard has worked as a trusted advisor and consultant to businesses on a number of complex issues. As a Graduate Fellow with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, he worked with the Program Review & Investigations Committee conducting contract and finance audits of telecommunications providers awarded state contracts.
Richard is also certified in True Lean process improvement through Toyota Motor Manufacturing. Utilizing his extensive knowledge of widely available computer-assisted information management programs, Richard developed low-cost, high-efficiency inventory management systems for healthcare organizations.
Richard is continuously working with new and growing businesses to assess their legal needs. He is ready to take on any business needs whether it’s looking to establish as a limited liability entity, review new or existing contracts, purchase or sell a business, or any other business needs.