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University of Virginia, J.D., 1996, Order of the Coif; Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review, 1994-96

University of Virginia, B.A., with distinction, 1993, Phi Beta Kappa, Jefferson Scholar


Rick Starling practices in the areas of investment management, private equity and general corporate law. He co-chairs the firm’s Fund Formation and Investment Management Practice Group, where he represents fund managers in their fund offerings, institutional investors in their investments, and various clients with respect to regulatory, internal governance and structural issues specific to the investment management industry. Rick works with all types of private funds, including buyout, venture capital, hedge, real estate and fund of funds, as well as with SMAs, funds of one, managed account platforms and other bespoke products. He also frequently represents real estate developers and investors in capital-raising activities.

Recent transactions include offerings for a fund of hedge funds, a buyout fund, a captive strategic growth fund, a managed account platform, and a mixed-use real estate development, and numerous investments by institutional investors in a variety of transactions.

Rick also represents clients in other investment and corporate transactions, and, as an extension of his transactional work, he regularly advises clients on business formations, significant commercial contracts and other general legal matters.

Honors & Awards


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Richard L. Williams, Eastern District, Virginia, 1996-97



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Securities Regulation Committee, Chairman, 2011-19; Member, 2019-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Legislative Rapid Response Team, 2019-present
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section, Dodd-Frank Investment Advisory Task Force, Organizer and Chairman, 2011-13
  • American Bar Association, Committee on Institutional Investors
  • Council of Institutional Investors
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys

Community Affiliations

  • Jefferson Scholars Regional Selection Committee, Chairman, 2011-18; Member, 2003-present
  • Arts+, Board of Directors, 2015-22
  • Christ Episcopal Church Worship Band, 2011-present
  • Charlotte Museum of History, Board of Trustees, 2008-11
  • Inventors’ Network of the Carolinas, Steering Committee and Board Member, 2004-08
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