Rich King, Managing Member of Melchiode Marks King LLC (“MMK”), litigates disputes in all Louisiana and Mississippi courts and is also licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Rich has vast experience defending his clients in the areas of Professional Liability, Insurance Coverage, Bad-Faith, First-Party Property, Construction Law, Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, Environmental/Toxic Tort liability, Subrogation and General Casualty.

Rich has lectured to several organizations and clients on a variety of subjects and issues including but not limited to, Property, Bad-Faith, Construction, Professional Negligence, Alternative Dispute Resolutions, Trial Tactics and General Litigation.

Rich is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Federal Bar Association, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), where he was a member of the Management & Professional Liability Advisory Board from 2014 -2019, and the Board of Directors of the claimsXchange. Also, Rich is a 2013–2022 Top Lawyer, a 2012-2023 Super Lawyer, an America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigator from 2018-2022, has an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating and was named the 2015 Outside Counsel of the Year by the CLM.

Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty/Maritime
  • Bad-Faith/Extra-Contractual Defense
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Employer’s Liability/Workers’ Compensation
  • Environmental and Toxic Tort
  • First-Party Property
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality
  • Subrogation/Recovery
  • Transportation and Trucking


  • JD, Tulane University School of Law Juris Doctor (1997)
  • B.A., Cum Laude, Western New England College (1991)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Louisiana, 1997
  • State of Mississippi, 1997
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1999
  • United States District Courts Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, 1997
  • United States District Courts Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1997
  • United States District Courts Massachusetts, 2001
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997
  • Coushatta Tribal Court for the Coushatta Indian Nation, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Bar Association

Publications and Presentations

  • “DRI’s Construction Litigation Desk Reference,” Louisiana Chapter, February 2010.
  • Recent developments in Louisiana law: Study of amendments to an engineer’s friend – LRS 9:2772,” The Louisiana Civil Engineer, February 2007



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