Richard K. Walker

USA: Arizona

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16100 N. 71st Street
Suite 140, Scottsdale
AZ 85254

Tel: (480) 483-6336
Fax: (480) 483-6337


Rick has advised and represented corporate clients – including numerous Fortune 500 corporations – on a national basis for over thirty years. As a partner in some of the most prominent national firms in the U.S., he has earned a sterling reputation for adept handling of complex litigation, including cases with highly complex technological issues and class action suits, and for his penetrating analyses and innovative strategies. Rick has also successfully represented employers in the full range of labor and employment law, and is well-known for defending employers against claims brought under whistleblower protection laws. In Arizona, he is one of only a small handful of lawyers with significant experience and expertise in handling claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) Act.

Rick is a former law professor at the University of South Carolina and a member of the bars of Arizona and the District of Columbia. He has spoken and written extensively on litigation and employment subjects.


Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow, 2011-present); Southwest Superlawyers (2005-2008: Employment & Labor; 2009-present: Business Litigation); The Best Lawyers in America (2005-present; Labor and Employment Law); Arizona’s Finest Lawyers (2011); Marquis Who’s Who in American Law; Marquis Who’s Who in America; Marquis Who’s Who in the World; National Registry of Who’s Who; American Registry of Outstanding Professionals; Strathmore’s Who’s Who. Mr. Walker is Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent 5.0 of 5 peer review rated.

Prior Affiliations:

Rick has been a partner in some of the most prominent national law firms in America, including the Phoenix office of Quarles & Brady, and the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn.

Academic Positions:

Assistant Professor of Law, 1977-1981 and Associate Professor of Law, 1981-1982, University of South Carolina. Courses Taught: Employment discrimination, labor law, civil procedure and evidence.

Walker & Peskind began with its namesakes and founding partners, Richard Walker and the late EJ Peskind. As lawyers with long, distinguished careers and national experience in large firms, Rick and EJ shared the concern that the ever-growing billing rates of the large firms puts premier legal representation beyond the reach of most individuals and small to medium-sized companies, and make the engagement of attorneys who can provide such high caliber representation difficult to justify even for the legal departments of large corporations.

In a large law firm, where billing rates are high to begin with, it is a common expectation that a premier lawyer will increase his or her rate substantially each year, which results in formidable increases in the cost of the same services over a period of even a few years. In addition to shouldering these large increases, clients often arrive at an “attorney meeting” only to find the table staffed with multiple younger partners, associates and paralegals – and their additional billing rates. These and other inefficiencies in the large firms make hiring a premier attorney simply too expensive for many.

Rick and EJ knew there had to be a better way to deliver premier service without putting clients to such exorbitant expense. The answer lay in experience, expertise, and efficiency. Experienced lawyers with well-developed expertise in their fields of practice are able to arrive more efficiently at clear assessments of the legal issues confronting their clients and devise insightful strategies for effectively dealing with those issues. When such quality service can be delivered from the context of a law firm built on a lean business model that never ceases to strive for greater operating efficiencies, clients receive the high caliber legal services they want and deserve, but at considerably lower cost than they otherwise would be required to pay for comparable service.

Walker & Peskind puts experience, expertise, and efficiency together to form a new model of the premier law firm. Engage any of our partners and you put decades of experience and knowledge on your side; your attorney is AV® Preeminent™ rated (highest legal abilities and ethical standards) and acknowledged expertise in his preeminent practice areas. At minimum, a Walker & Peskind attorney has excellent credentials and has been practicing law with a high degree of success for at least seven years, and our current partners have an aggregate of over 100 years of experience in the practice of law. Our emphasis on people with experience and well-honed expertise also extends to our paralegals, all of whom are required to have at least a college degree and five years of quality experience before they can be considered for a position with us.

We are a growing firm, but our growth plan is premised on these core values. Accordingly, all attorneys and paralegals who join us understand and appreciate that our special emphasis on the combination of experience, expertise, and efficiency is what sets us apart and puts us in a position to ensure that everyone who works on our clients’ matters adds value.