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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 primarily in the areas of investment management, private equity, and general corporate and commercial 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 in private funds and other assets; and a variety of clients with respect to regulatory, internal governance and structural issues unique to the investment management industry. Rick works with all types of private funds, including buyout, venture capital, secondary, hedge, hybrid, real estate, co-investment and fund of funds.

His recent representative transactions include offerings for a lower middle-market buyout fund, a fund of hedge funds, a captive strategic growth fund, a real estate recapitalization and a small hedge fund, and numerous investments by institutional investors in a wide variety of hedge, private equity and other funds.

Rick also represents clients in a variety of 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-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, Member, 2003-present; Chairman, 2011-present
  • Community School of the Arts, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • 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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