Title: Senior Counsel
Company: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Denis T. Rice, JD, Senior Counsel at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.
Fascinated by the law from an early age, Mr. Rice was interested in how law was created and interpreted, as well as how a federal legal system is important to a strong and progressive society. Earning a Bachelor of Arts in public and international affairs from Princeton University in 1954, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, he subsequently earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Michigan in 1959 and was admitted to practice law in California the following year. He was also inducted into the Order of the Coif upon graduation. Since then, he has also been admitted to practice law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Rice commenced his career as an associate with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in 1959, holding the position for two years. From there, he was an associate at Howard & Prim from 1961 to 1963 and founding partner of Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady & Falk from 1964 to 2012, which subsequently merged with then-Arnold & Porter. Since 2012, he has served Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP as senior counsel. In his position, he represents business clients in matters of antitrust and securities litigation and public and private financings. His clients have included banking, finance, corporate securities, brokerage, real estate, software, architecture and design companies. He has also served on corporate boards, where he addressed issues of corporate governance and liability of both officers and directors. During his tenure, he established a new rule on the interrelationship between antitrust law and trade secret law in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, structured the first Internet-based public offering of securities for financing a motion picture, and arbitrated a multi-million dollar trade secret dispute involving telecommunications companies.
A past member of the Business Law Section Council of the American Bar Association and former judge pro tem of the San Francisco Superior Court from 1996 to 2013, Mr. Rice was co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the International Business Law Committee with the American Bar Association. He also served the association as past chair of the Committee on Business Financing. From 1997 to 2001, he was the founding chair of the Committee on Cyberspace Law of the State Bar of California, and he maintains membership with the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the International Bar Association, and the International Technology Law Association, where he previously sat on the board of directors from 2003 to 2009.
Mr. Rice has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1985, and he is currently listed in seven categories: banking and finance law, commercial litigation, corporate law, financial services regulation law, information technology law, litigation—banking and finance, and securities/capital markets law. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Business Law from the California State Bar in 2009, which is presented to one member of the California Bar per year.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Rice has taught American venture capital and cyberspace law in Russia and Poland, United States corporate law to the Philippine Bar in Manila, and cyberspace law to the Supreme Court of Nepal. He also serves as a panel arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He was the first lawyer to make a presentation to the American Bar Association on the subject of Bitcoin in 2012 as well. Looking toward the future, Mr. Rice intends on writing more legal articles and do part-time teaching. He wishes to mentor young lawyers of the next generation.
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