Judge Randy Rich is an experienced trial lawyer and legal innovator. He has presided over more than 300 jury trials, including the largest pending civil lawsuit in the state of Georgia – the Georgia opioid litigation.
Judge Rich is well known throughout the legal community for his deep knowledge of litigation and evidence. Before being elected to the Gwinnett County State Court bench in 2004, he was a partner in his own law firm, Rich & Smith, LLC, for more than 10 years, where he practiced general civil litigation in both state in federal courts. After serving as a Gwinnett County State Court Judge for 10 years, in 2014, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, appointed Judge Rich to the Gwinnett County Superior Court bench.
Judge Rich founded the Gwinnett Business Court and served as a judge for the Metro Atlanta Business Court. He launched the “1 day / 1 trial” early release program for individuals serving as jurors and started a video conferencing system with the Gwinnett County Jail that saved residents thousands of dollars per year, by not transporting inmates to the courthouse for routine hearings. During his time serving the residents of Gwinnett County, Judge Rich also served as an Accountability Court Judge.
A testament to his extensive knowledge and experience, Judge Rich is a frequent speaker and author. He serves as an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School and regularly presents CLEs on the issues of evidence, ethics and professionalism. Judge Rich has authored several articles on expediting resolution of civil lawsuits in Georgia and has authored a collection of trial problems used by law school students.
Council of State Court Judges, Member, 2004 – 2014
Council of Superior Court Judges, Member, 2014 – 2020; Technology Committee, 2014 – 2020; Civil Jury Charges Committee, 2019 – 2020; Drug Court Committee, 2017 – 2020
Emory University School of Law, Kessler-Eidson Program, Adjunct Professor, 1999 – 2001
Georgia Commission on Disputer Resolution, Registered Neutral and Arbitrator
Georgia State College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1994 – 2004
Gwinnett County Bar Association, Member, 1992 – present; Secretary, 1996; Treasurer, 1997; Chairman Great Day of Service, 1995 – 1998
Gwinnett County Business Court, Judge, 2005 – 2016
Gwinnett County Superior Court, Accountability Court Judge, 2017 – 2020
John Marshall Law School, Adjunct Professor, 2005 – present
Metro Atlanta Business Court, Judge, 2005 – 2016
State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1992 – present
Supreme Court of Georgia, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professional, Orientation Leader for Emory Law School, Georgia State College of Law, and John Marshall Law School
University of Georgia, Adjunct Professor, 1998 – 1999