In 2012, Long Island Business News named Ms. Rice as one of the 50 most influential women on Long Island.
For more than 35 years, Ms. Rice has concentrated her practice on the representation of attorneys and risk management for lawyers. Ms. Rice holds the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Rating AV® Preeminent, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability, has been designated a Super Lawyer annually since 2008, and was assigned “Superb” AVVO rating. In 2012, Long Island Business News named Ms. Rice one of the 50 most influential women on Long Island.
Ms. Rice is the Chair of the New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee, a member of the NYSBA Bar Journal editorial board, an appointee to the newly created NYSBA Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession and an alternate to the NYSBA Nominating Committee. In addition to having authored a column for the American Bar Association Law Practice Management magazine, Ms. Rice is a Past President of the 5,000 member Nassau County Bar Association, the largest suburban bar association in the country. In 2014, Ms. Rice was awarded the NCBA President’s Award for service to the Association and in 2015, she was honored by the St. John’s Law School Alumni Nassau Chapter.
Ms. Rice also served as an ABA Presidential appointee to the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability from 2009 through 2012 and was Chair of the NYSBA – Committee for Insurance Programs from 2008 to 2013. Ms. Rice is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the Defense Association of New York and the Defense Research Institute.
In addition to being a New York State Bar Association Presidential appointee to the Task Force on Non-Lawyer Ownership and the Special Committee on Legal Specialization, Ms. Rice has served on the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section. Her prior roles at the Nassau County Bar Association include President 2012-2013, President Elect 2011-2012, First Vice President 2010-2011, Second Vice President 2009-2010, Treasurer 2008-2009, Secretary 2007-2008, Director 2004-2007, Judiciary Committee (Chair 2015-2016 and Chair 2006-2007) Vice-Chair (2005-2006), Strategic Planning Committee (Chair 2005-2006) (Vice-Chair 2003-2005), Nassau Lawyer/Publications Committee (Editor in Chief 2006-2007) (Co-Managing Editor 2005-2006). She is also a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers and the Suffolk County Bar Association.
Ms. Rice has authored materials for numerous publications and newsletters, including the New York Law Journal, BNA publications, the New York State Bar Journal and Nassau Lawyer, and has lectured extensively for the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability, PLI, the National Legal Malpractice and Risk Management Conference, the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar and the American Conference Institute, as well as for various law firms, insurers, law schools and trade associations, at seminars covering such diverse topics related to the representation of attorneys in every aspect of civil litigation, disciplinary matters, general counseling and risk management.
From 1999 to 2003, Ms. Rice administered the Attorney Loss Prevention Hotline Service for the broker responsible for the NYSBA sponsored professional liability insurer.
Ms. Rice received her Juris Doctorate from St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York in 1979 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham College at Fordham University in 1976. She was admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of New York in 1980 and is also admitted before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as several other jurisdictions on a pro hac vice basis.
From 1984 to 2000, Ms. Rice was a Governor-appointed member of the Council for the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler.