Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Rick worked on a congressional staff in Washington, DC, as well for the VA Cemetery System (designing and drafting National Cemetery brochures). He attended and graduated from Gonzaga University with a Masters of Business Administration in 1976. He received his law school diploma from the University of Montana School of Law in 1979.
After a short term with the Smith Law Firm (Helena) practicing predominantly in the area of school and hospital law with Chad Smith, Rick joined the law firm of Small, Hatch & Doubek in 1981 and was made a partner in 1982. The firm has been renamed several times during his partnership: Small, Hatch, Doubek & Pyfer; Doubek & Pyfer; and currently Doubek, Pyfer & Storrar, PLLP.
Rick’s practice areas are helping people injured or killed by negligence. He has successfully negotiated and resolved over one thousand cases in his 38-year career as a fighter against insurance companies and negligence and personal injury lawyer. Rick takes great pride in his continuous efforts to demand and obtain maxim value of his clients’ cases and, if necessary, developing and presenting them to a jury at trial (if insurers are not reasonable). He has collected millions of dollars for clients due to his efforts. He has participated in hundreds of mediations as a mediator and as a client representative, and developed experience and expertise in the strategies necessary to maximize settlement or verdict value. Over his thirty-eight years in injury practice, he has developed the reputation as a tenacious and fair advocate by insurance representatives and lawyers who make decisions regarding claim resolution.