About the Rice Divorce Team

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Larry Rice

Larry, known formally as George Lawrence Rice, III, is the senior partner at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC in Memphis, Tennessee. This firm has been selected as the Best Law Firm by The Commercial Appeal for three years in a row.

Larry is certified as a Family Law Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Larry is one of two Family Law Specialist attorneys in Memphis and 12 in Tennessee.

He has earned the distinction of being named a Mid-South Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers since 2008. Super Lawyers also named Larry a Top 100 lawyer in the state of Tennessee for all fields of practice, as well as a Top 50 lawyer in all fields in Memphis. Larry is rated Superb on Avvo, with a score of 10 out of a possible 10. He is also a Top 100 National Trial Advocates Matrimonial and Family Lawyer and named a Matrimonial Strategist by the Board of Editors.

Larry received the Top 10 Attorney Award for Tennessee from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. He also received the Client Satisfaction Award from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and was recognized as The Face of Divorce Law, with his son Nick, by Memphis Magazine for the past four years.

Widely recognized as the best CLE speaker on divorce practice, Larry has lectured at more than a dozen American Bar Association conventions and to lawyers from Massachusetts to Hawaii and Canada to the Caribbean, on topics ranging from Law Office Management to Ethics to Trial Practice to Alternative Dispute Resolutions.

He is the author of several articles and books including: Divorce Practice in Tennessee; The Effective Ethical Lawyer, and The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, Forms and Procedures for Lawyers, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (25th Anniversary) editions. The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice is recognized as the national standard for Divorce and Family lawyers throughout the country.

Larry was the founding Chairperson of the Divorce and Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar Association and co-founder of the Family Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Mr. Rice holds a B.A. in communication arts and history, was a British Studies student at University College, Oxford, England, and completed the American Trial Lawyer Association National College of Advocacy.


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Nick Rice

Nick, known formally as George Lawrence Rice, IV, is a third generation attorney following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father.

Mr. Rice first started studying the law when he began working for Rice, Amundsen & Caperton in seventh grade. He graduated Christian Brothers High School where he served four years on the Honor Council.

Mr. Rice graduated from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2000. He returned to Memphis to attend law school and continued working at the firm. Mr. Rice received his J.D. from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2003.

Because of his extensive training, he practiced law immediately after passing the bar. Following in his father’s footsteps, he has also presented Continuing Legal Education lectures.

Nick Rice is now a Rule 31 Family Law Mediator.

Nick is widely considered to be the best young divorce lawyer. He has received multiple honors and achievements, including being named a Mid-South Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

In 2010, Nick was named one of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Memphis’ Finest Young Professionals. Nick is rated excellent on Avvo, an attorney rating website.  Mr. Rice served on the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association in 2010.  In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Rice received one of America’s Most Honored Professionals Award.

In 2017 he received membership to the American Society of Legal Advocates, an invitation only legal organization comprised of the nation’s most skilled lawyers.


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Erin O’Dea

Erin graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee in 2011. Prior to her legal education, Ms. O’Dea graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2005.

Erin received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010 and 2011 for her involvement with the Student Bar Association’s Race Judicata. She was elected Student Bar Governor during her second year of law school, and began to serve as co-chair for the Race Committee. Ms. O’Dea was then chosen by the faculty to serve on the Leadership Council, which was created to develop an honor code for the law school. Erin was also elected Treasurer of the Student Bar Association her third year, and continued to serve as co-chair for the Race Committee. Erin assisted with the First Annual Race Judicata her first year of law school, and went on to become the co-chair her second and third years. Race Judicata is a 5K Run/Walk to raise money for Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS). Race Judicata raised close to $15,000.00 for MALS during the two years Erin was co-chair.

Erin began clerking at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC in April 2010. Ms. O’Dea was hired on as an associate after she graduated from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in May 2011, and has continued to grow and flourish as a young associate in the field of family law. Erin was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in November 2011 and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.


Jessica Farmer

    • Phone: 901.526.6701
    • Fax: 901.526.6702
    • e-mail: jferrante@ricelaw.com


Jessica Farmer Ferrante

Jessica began at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC as a law clerk. Mrs. Ferrante was hired on as an associate after she graduated in the top of her class from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 2012. Prior to her legal education, Jessica graduated with Honors from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Mrs. Ferrante is an experienced Continuing Legal Education lecturer in topics such as Ethics and Applied Psychology for Divorce Clients and has received academic achievements in Trust Law, ADR/Mediation, and Descendant’s Estates.

On March 16, 2016 the Tennessee Supreme Court entered an order naming her as a Hearing Committee Member for the Board of Professional Responsibility, Division IX. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and Memphis Bar Association.

On June 4, 2016, Mrs. Ferrante was named one of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Memphis’ Finest Young Professionals. Jessica is rated a 10 out of 10 on AVVO and in 2017 received their Client’s Choice Award. The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys named her a “Top 10 Under 40” attorney for the state of Tennessee in 2017 and 2018.


Chelsea Knox

Mrs. Knox graduated with honors from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in May 2017. Per her high academic and professional achievement, Chelsea was the recipient of the Herbert Herff Presidential Scholarship. Prior to her legal education, Mrs. Knox graduated from Centre College in 2012.
While attending law school, Chelsea served as the Research Assistant to Professor Lynda Black and assisted Professor Black in researching, drafting, and editing her co-authored Tennessee Family Law Casebook. She excelled in Civil Procedure II and Elder Law, earning CALI Awards for academic success. Mrs. Knox was also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity.

Mrs. Knox began clerking at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC in April 2015 and is proud to join the Rice Team as an Associate Attorney.


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Andrea Schultz / Advanced Certified Paralegal

Andrea received her Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies, General Practice concentration, from Southwest Tennessee Community College (STCC) in 2008, earning the Outstanding Student in Paralegal Studies award for graduating first in her class.

Andrea earned the distinction of Certified Paralegal in September 2010 from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She was in NALA’s LEAP Program for the 2011-2012 year. Andrea earned her Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) credential from NALA in Family Law – Dissolution Case Management, received in 2015.  Mrs. Schultz was appointed Chair of the Professional Development Committee for NALA in 2016.

Mrs. Schultz has been profiled in NFPA’s semi-monthly periodical National Paralegal Reporter as well as in “The Professional Paralegal”. Andrea also appeared in the January 18, 2011 edition of Practical Paralegalism and in the July 14, 2011 edition of The Paralegal Mentor.

Andrea has presented the following CLEs: Utilizing Paralegals, in February 2009; How Paralegals Really Make the System Work, in March 2010; The Empowered Paralegal, Saving Lawyers From Themselves on a Daily Basis, in June 2010 and March 2012; and Checklist Therapy Webinar, in October 2011.


Susan New / Paralegal

Susan M. New / Advanced Certified Paralegal

Susan began working for Larry Rice in 2004, a few months before graduating from The University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Paralegal Services. Susan also has an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Paralegal Studies from State Technical Institute at Memphis, now known as Southwest Tennessee Community College (STCC), which she received in 2002. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both colleges.

In 2007, Susan had to leave the firm when she moved out of state. During her absence from the firm, Susan worked at family law firms in Texas and Maryland and earned several paralegal credentials from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She returned to the firm in 2011 after moving back to the Memphis area.

She received her Certified Paralegal (CP) credential from NALA in 2010.

Susan also has five (6) Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) credentials from NALA in: Alternative Dispute Resolution, received in 2010; Trial Practice, received in 2010; Discovery, received in 2011; Family Law – Division of Property and Spousal Support, received in 2015; Family Law – Dissolution Case Management, received in 2016; and Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation, received in 2018.

Ms. New served on the Board of the Greater Memphis Paralegal Alliance (GMPA) as Treasurer from January 2015 through December 2016.


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Cyndy McCrory / Legal Assistant

Cyndy came to Rice, Amundsen & Caperton as a client with a background as a certified medical transcriber. Being a detail-oriented professional, her superb sense of organization quickly became apparent. At the end of her case she was hired to head up the digital documents department. She assists the Rice Divorce Team with coordinating and managing correspondence between the attorneys, paralegals and clients. Cyndy organizes document production, correspondence and pleadings, trial exhibits, notebook preparation and whatever else involves documents (which is everything).

Ms. McCrory is also director of CLE, which entails planning and implementing seminars and coordinating Larry Rice’s speaking engagements around the country.

Prior to her career in the business world, Cyndy was an LPGA teaching professional and worked at clubs in Ohio, California and Tennessee. Now she just enjoys a friendly round of golf on the weekends. Ms. McCrory joined the firm in December 2009.


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Ken Schultz / Office Manager

Ken received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University, in Des Moines, Iowa. He majored in Marketing, but started out in accounting. He began his career in retail management at Gimbel’s department store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A few years later, he embarked on a 28 year career with Conwood Company in Memphis. Most of those years were spent as a marketing manager.

Ken began his second career at Rice, Amundsen & Caperton on a part time basis to help with the firm’s bookkeeping. In November of 2011, the partners asked him to come on full time.


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Krista Burt / Director of Communications

Krista came to our firm in the spring of 2017. She had significant experience  before this job that helps her greatly on a daily basis. She is the firm receptionist first and foremost, but her job as Director of Communications does not stop there. Each day she deals with the myriad of messages, needs and wants of clients, lawyers, paralegals and law clerks. She is the friendly face that will greet you and make you feel “at home” as possible in these trying circumstances.

 


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Paula Mettler / Director of Public Relations

Paula began working for Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC in 2018 as the Director of Public Relations. She received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Bachelor of the Arts in Women’s Studies at Southern Illinois University in 2018. She graduated magna cum laude in both colleges.

Paula specializes in media ethics and public relations. She presented in the Allies Across Differences Cross-Disciplinary Conference in 2017 and the Transitions and Transformations Cross-Disciplinary Conference in 2018. She plans to receive her Master’s Degree in Journalism and Strategic Media from the University of Memphis.

Paula was awarded the Mass Communication and Media Arts Virginia Marmaduke Award and the Charlotte Suhler Award in Advertising from 2016-2018. She was also a recipient of the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015.

 

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