Rick Colosimo is a parent, attorney, and advocate. He supports families with children on the autistic spectrum in securing educational rights under IDEA. Rick also provides assistance with insurance reimbursement issues and various aspects of financial planning related to special needs children, including taxes, estate planning, special needs trusts, and financial planning.
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Rick is a graduate of the Cornell Law school and a lawyer admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and California.
Rick has a wide array of legal experience on which to draw: he practiced in both New York City and in Silicon Valley at large national law firms. He has conducted hundreds of negotiations, large and small, across a wide variety of disciplines. In New York City, Rick practiced at Holland & Knight LLP, litigating mass torts involving pesticides, asbestos, and the crash of TWA Flight 800. He then practiced corporate and securities law at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison LLP, in their Palo Alto, CA office, where his practice included start-ups, venture financing, and mergers and acquisitions.
Since 2001, he has managed and run his own business providing advice to businesses and individuals in their most important transactions as a managing director of ThoughtStorm Strategic Capital LLC, a boutique strategic advisory firm. His wide exposure to knowledge management, strategic planning, and execution have greatly affected his approach to handling the fight against autism.
Before law school, Rick was an Infantry officer in the US Army, stationed in Hawaii and Georgia. He is a graduate of the Officer Candidate, Airborne, and Ranger Schools. He has a BA in English from Allegheny College, where he served on the Alumni Council for six years.