A prolific speaker on legal ethics issues, Rick Supple represents law firms and lawyers in all kinds of professional ethics-related matters, including disciplinary and legal malpractice cases, partnership and fee disputes, internal investigations, and disqualification and sanctions motions. Mr. Supple also has a substantial risk management practice advising law firms, lawyers and businesses with respect to regulatory compliance issues, litigation finance, lateral movement, and formation and dissolution proceedings.

As a former prosecutor and defense counsel, Mr. Supple has tried, arbitrated, mediated or acted as an expert in numerous cases in federal and state courts. He has also argued dozens of appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals, and intermediate appellate courts throughout New York.

Professional Background

Before joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in 2004, Mr. Supple was Principal Trial Counsel to the Departmental Disciplinary First Judicial Department, and a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society.

Professional Affiliations

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2004 – 2016
  • Practising Law Institute, Faculty Member
  • New York City Bar Association
    • Professional Discipline Committee, Chair, 2010 – 2013

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2011 – 2020
  • Recognized on the Super Lawyers list by New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2008 – 2009, 2014 – 2019


Mr. Supple has written and lectured widely on professional ethics matters, including at more than 50 CLE programs in the New York area and elsewhere, and is a frequent speaker at the annual Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference in Chicago. A sample of Mr. Supple's most recent presentations includes:

  • "Lawyers' Professional Liability in Transformative Times," ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, San Diego, California, September 2019
  • "Distributed Ledger Technology: Blockchain and Smart Contracts, the Implications for Law Firms," General Counsel, Compliance and Risk Forum, London, United Kingdom, May 2019
  • "Litigation Funding in Class Actions versus Arbitrations," The Litigation Funding Forum, New York, New York, April 2019
  • "Update – Litigation Finance," General Counsel Roundtables, Miami, Florida, January 2019 and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 2019
  • "Cryptocurrency: Show Me the Money," Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference (LMRM), Chicago, Illinois, March 2019
  • "It's a Jungle Out There: Managing Risks in Mid-Sized Firms," LMRM, Chicago, Illinois, March 2018
  • "Winning the Arms Race in Big Civil Cases — the Upside and Downside of Litigation Finance," LMRM, Chicago, Illinois, March 2017
  • "The 'New' New York Rules on Attorney Discipline Procedure," Practicing Law Institute, New York, New York, January 2017
  • "Staying Out of Trouble 2016: The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege and Ethics and Technology Quiz Show," Practicing Law Institute, New York, New York, December 2016
  • "Playing the Away Game, How Can Non-Resident New York Lawyers Comply," New York State Bar Association, Miami, Florida, September 2016
  • "Understanding the Moral Compass of In-House Lawyers," NYU Stern School of Business, New York, New York, July 2016
  • "Evaluation of Attorneys' Fees in Complex Litigation," New York, New York, June 2016
  • "Phantom Clients and How to Exorcise Them," LMRM, Chicago, Illinois, March 2016
  • "Ethics for the Trademark Lawyer," Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, March 2015
  • "Defenses to Disqualification Motions: What Works and What Doesn't," LMRM, Chicago, Illinois, February 2015
  • "Getting Admitted in the First and Second Departments," New York City Bar Association, New York, New York, October 2014
  • "Attorney Discipline in New York: Structure, Process & Trends," New York City Bar Association, New York, New York, July 2014
  • "'Playbook' Disqualifications," LMRM, Chicago, Illinois, March 2014
  • "Staying Out of Trouble: What Every Lawyer Should Know About Ethics," Practicing Law Institute, New York, New York, December 2013
  • "Defending Wall Street and Main Street: The Revolving Door and Lawyers as Whistleblowers," New York County Lawyers Association, New York, New York, November 2013
  • "Ethics for the Negotiating Lawyer," Practising Law Institute, New York, New York, January 2013, January 2014, March 2015, March 2016, January 2017, January 2018, and January 2019
  • "Attorney Discipline in New York—Four Different Departments, Four Different Approaches," New York State Bar Association, New York, New York, January 2013
  • "Ethics in Purchases and Sales of Homes," New York State Bar Association, New York, New York, April 2013 and May 2015
  • "Ethics and Professionalism: Best Practices for Attorneys," New York City Bar Association, New York, New York, April 2013, April 2014 and May 2015
  • "The Disciplinary Process—How it Works," New York City Bar Association, New York, New York, July 2013


J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 1989

  • Posner Award Winner for public interest advocacy

B.A., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1985