DBT40 Honoree: R. Garrett Rice
Employer: Ross Aronstam & Moritz
Born into a family business of commercial goldfish farming, R. Garrett Rice learned lessons about managing difficult employees and navigating the complicated dynamics of a family business. Although he opted for law school instead of following in the family footsteps, Rice continues to draw upon what he learned on the farm in his career as an attorney.
Rice began his legal career clerking for former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice Leo E. Strine Jr. Now, he works as a corporate litigator with Ross Aronstam & Moritz, where he primarily practices in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
In addition to his billable work, Rice has also represented numerous clients pro bono, including juveniles in Delaware criminal expungement proceedings and a mother in a parental guardianship case. Currently, Rice is involved with a First Amendment matter concerning the public’s right of access to court filings.
In 2018, Rice published an article in the Business Lawyer Journal about a proposed amendment to Delaware’s corporation law concerning statutory appraisal remedy. Then in 2019, he published an article in the University of Alabama’s Journal of the Legal Profession about legal ethics and his perspective as a Christian corporate lawyer. He is currently working with a co-author on a third journal article.
After moving to Delaware five years ago, Rice got involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Delaware, and he volunteered as a big brother to a Wilmington pre-teen.
Rice serves on the finance committee for his church, St. Paul’s Methodist in Wilmington. He is also active in the annual stewardship campaign and volunteers in the church nursery.
When he isn’t in the courtroom, Rice enjoys hiking, running, fishing and spending time outdoors with his wife, Lauren, and their dogs, Blake and Gunner. Rice and Gunner have even competed together in a few K-9 5K races.
Rice is also an avid student of presidential and military history, particularly from America’s founding through the Civil War, and he is currently reading his way through biographies of every U.S. president.