Ricard Pochkhanawala researches and comments on constitutional law issues, and provides strategic advice to other lawyers and clients in developing and advocating novel legal arguments.
Ricard’s research interests include state and local government and court practices in the context of fines and fees that implicate property rights, and the constitutional guarantees of equal protection of the law and due process, federalism, the separation of powers doctrine, and constitutional structure, the Bill of Rights and individual rights and political reform without the need for constitutional amendment.
After graduating with honors in political science from Duke University, Ricard earned his law degree from The Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law. He was a judicial extern at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and has written on constitutional history and interpretation.
For over a decade, Ricard was a litigation and research lawyer at American, Canadian, and international law firms. He briefed cases on the merits and on applications for leave to appeal (certiorari) to the Supreme Court of Canada and the Courts of Appeal, developed new lines of argument, and represented clients at every stage of the litigation process. Ricard is a member of the bar in Ontario and British Columbia.
A keen student of history, Ricard has led discussion groups and tours of museums and other sites of interest. He grew up attending British schools in Dubai, U.A.E., where his family was then based.