Richard B. Tucker, III
Dick concentrates his practice in the field of litigation, particularly appellate litigation. He has argued cases in the United States Supreme Court, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Pennsylvania Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts. Dick has handled a variety of civil cases involving general commercial transaction claims, trusts & estates, letters of credit, insurance coverage, workers’ compensation, ERISA benefits and employment issues.
One of his most significant cases was Ferens v. John Deere Co. where he successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court agreed with our client’s position that a federal district court must apply the state law of the state where the lawsuit was filed even after the lawsuit has been transferred to a federal court in another state at the plaintiff’s request. As a result, an injured farmer was granted recourse using the longer statute of limitations of the state in which the lawsuit was filed and in which the defendant company did business. The statute of limitations in the farmer’s home state had expired.
Articles and Presentations: In May 2007, Dick was featured in the article “The Supreme Thrill. Meet Seven Lawyers Who Have Appeared in the Super Bowl of Law”, which was published in Super Lawyers Magazine.
Honors and Awards: Dick was awarded an AV® rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards awarded by this national directory of lawyers.
Dick has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Law category. He has also been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® in the Appellate Law category.
Memberships and Activities: Dick is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and serves on the Appellate Advocacy Committee. He is also a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association where he serves on its Appellate Practice Committee and was previously the Chairman. Dick is an elected member of the American Law Institute.
Jurisdictions: Pennsylvania state courts, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court
Education and Background: Dick graduated from the University of Virginia in 1965 and from the Columbia University Law School in 1968.