Judge Flier is a Neutral working for ADR Services, Inc. in San Francisco (2005 – present) handling Mediations, Arbitrations, Special Master and Discovery Referee assignments.
Before his retirement from the Bench, he was a Superior Court Judge for the County of Contra Costa. He was elected June 5, 1984 (defeating Judge David E. Pesonen) for the term commencing January 7, 1985, and re-elected in 1990, 1996 and 2002. Judge Flier has settled or conducted trials dealing with the full spectrum of legal issues, both civil and criminal, during his twenty years as a Superior Court Judge. His assignments included Civil Fast Track, General Trials, Family Law, Criminal Calendar and Appellate Department. His Committee Assignments included Budget Committee (Chair), Court Reporters’ Committee, Criminal Law Judges, Fast Track Judges, Recognition Committee and Social Committee.
Prior to his elevation to the bench, he was a Deputy District Attorney, Contra Costa County, October 1973 – January 1985. His assignments included Misdemeanor trials, Preliminary Examinations, Felony Trials, Felony Expediter and Richmond Felony Filing Deputy. From March 1972-September 1973, he was a Hearing Examiner for the California Office of Administrative Hearings, General Services Administration, San Francisco. His first legal job was as a Law Clerk, for the Law Firm of Parichan & Krebs, Fresno, California in 1968. He held numerous part-time, non-legal jobs while attending high school through law school.
Among his various honors, memberships, and professional activities, he has been a member of the California State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution since 2011; California Judges’ Association, 1985 – present; Robert G. McGrath American Inns of Court, 1999 – present ; ACCTLA (Contra Costa County Trial Judge of the Year, 2000) ; IABA (Judge of the Year, 2010); He has been a panelist for various local bar associations and law schools in MCLE courses as well as a contributor to legal publications; USAR (1968-1974); Alumni Association, Hastings College of the Law; Alumni Association, University of California; Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill, (President 2004 – 2005); Boy Scouts of America (Cub Master, Committee Chair, Nominating Committee) and California Marching Band Alumni Association and its Council.
Judge Flier is a native Californian raised and educated in public schools in Fresno. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1967. He is 1971 graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law. He is admitted to the California Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Rick and his wife, Pat, live in Lafayette, California. They have four children (2 boys, 2 girls). They currently have three grandchildren and are optimistically hoping for more!