Rick Fleming - A Personal Perspective
An experienced attorney with a diverse background
A true citizen of the world, Rick Fleming spent the early part of his career as an educator teaching second and sixth grade at the Colegio Americano in Guatemala City. He also taught creative writing and English as a Second Language at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., and Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"I studied Hispanic culture and literature for the first part of my collegiate career," Rick said. "I find the language to be a beautiful one to hear and speak and I cherish the ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking people and to read their rich history and influential literature."
Believing in the importance of a world-view, Rick eventually transitioned into academic administration, directing worldwide study abroad programs. He began as an advisor and later became a director responsible for oversight of the finance and operations of several international programs.
"My (college) studies led me abroad and eventually into teaching at many different levels," Rick said. "These experiences of my journey into education, and eventually law, are invaluable to me as an advocate for Social Security Disability clients."
Helping individuals through challenging times
While working with a group of attorneys and risk managers from throughout the 16-campus University of North Carolina system, along with representatives of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Rick helped create an insurance plan for faculty, staff and students who traveled overseas for educational purposes. The experience showed Rick how the law can be used to help individuals through challenging times and motivated him to attend law school.
Now a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law, Rick concentrates his practice on people who have been injured at work or who have suffered a catastrophic physical and economic loss.
"Many of my clients have no other resources or income and need guidance to try to help them during a very difficult time," Rick said. "The affinity I have for helping people is met with the chance to do so every day at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. Here I can stand up for the rights of people who cannot work due to an injury or illness."
Rick takes great pride in representing injured people in the Latino community, and has discussed legal topics at various Hispanic events and on several English and Spanish-language radio programs.