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K. Erik Friess

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K. Erik "Rick" Friess has over 25 years of experience as a trial attorney, with particularly deep experience in eminent domain, inverse condemnation, land use, and other real estate disputes. He has represented landowners, businesses, and public agencies in countless large, multi-million dollar cases. Given his comprehensive perspective on eminent domain, land use, and other real estate issues, clients frequently seek his advice on strategic planning regarding land acquisition, valuation, and land planning and entitlement issues.


  • International Right-of-Way Association, Past-President of Orange County Chapter and held other offices including President-Elect, Treasurer, Membership Chair, and Newsletter Co-Editor
  • Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley, Past-President, Board Member, Pro Bono General Counsel
  • Orange County Bar Association


  • National Service to Youth Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (2008 and 2012)
  • President's Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley (2012)
  • Board Excellence Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County Area Council (2008)
  • Two-time Ironman Triathlete (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run), and finisher of over 100 marathons and ultramarathons


In 1987, Rick received a B.A. in urban studies and planning at Revelle College of the University of California, San Diego. Rick received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1990.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • Various Federal Courts