Larry Rice

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Memphis, TN

Rice Divorce Team
 | 275 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-526-6701
Fax: 901-526-6702
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    As a senior partner at Rice Amundsen Caperton PLLC, Larry Rice is dedicated to serving clients in Memphis, Tennessee, and throughout the state. He focuses his practice on family law, generally handling cases that involve divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and spousal support.

    In 1974, Mr. Rice graduated from Rhodes College with a Bachelor of Arts in history and communication arts. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1977.

    With over 40 years of experience, Mr. Rice guides his clients through the complex challenges that can arise in family law matters. He takes a strategic and thoughtful approach to each case he handles. As a certified Family Law Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Rice is committed to helping people and their families achieve favorable resolutions that address their short-term and long-term needs.

    Certified by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification Trial Advocacy, Mr. Rice has an Avvo “Superb” rating. He also has received the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys’ Client Satisfaction Award.

    An active member of the legal community, Mr. Rice co-founded the Tennessee Bar Association’s Family Law Section and was founding chair of the Memphis Bar Association’s Family Law Section. He regularly shares his knowledge, lecturing at events for many organizations throughout North America, including a number of American Bar Association conventions. Mr. Rice has also authored books and articles on issues in his practice area, multiple editions including "The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice," currently its 30th anniversary edition.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    White Papers

  • The Mindset of Marriage (2019) - 4Memphis Magazine 

  • The Memphis Attorney Tells Us What's Good in the Neighborhood (2016) - Super Lawyers Magazine

  • Memphis Legal Feature (2012) - Memphis Business Quarterly

  • He Said She Said (2011) - Memphis Magazine Interview

  • You Bet Your Life: Divorce Lawyer Knows Gamble of Divorce (2008) - Commercial Appeal 

  • About Larry Rice

    Admitted: 1977, Tennessee

    Professional Webpage: https://www.aboutdivorce.com/about-us/larry-rice/

    Honors/Awards:

    • ., Top Ten Attorney for excellence in Family Law, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2020
    • 2013-2020 FACES of the Mid-South, Memphis Magazine..., Face of Divorce Law 2013-2020, Memphis Magazine, 2020
    • ., Ten Best Family Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction , American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2020
    • Super Lawyers, 2008-Present, Mid-South Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2008-Present, 2019
    • 2013-2019 FACES of the Mid-South, Memphis Magazine., The Face of Divorce Law 2013-2019, Memphis Magazine, 2019
    • Avvo, Superb Attorney, 2011- Present, Superb Attorney, Avvo, 2011-Present, 2019
    • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award for excellence in the field of Family Law., Top 10 Attorney Award for Tennessee, 2014-2019, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2019
    • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Client Satisfaction, 2014-2019, 10 Best - Client Satisfaction Award 2014-2019, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2019
    • U.S. News & World Report, Best Law Firm in Tennessee 2018, Best Law Firm in Tennessee 2018, U.S. News & World Report, 2018
    • Best Law Firm in the Midsouth - 2014-2017, 10 Best Law Firm- Client Satisfaction 2014-2017, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, 2017
    • Top 100 Family Lawyers in Tennessee, 2017, Top 100 Family Lawyers in Tennessee, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017
    • , Client's Choice Award, AVVO, 2013
    • , Client's Choice Award , AVVO, 2012
    • Rhodes College, Mentor of the Year 1998, Mentor of the Year, Rhodes College, 1998
    • The Matrimonial Strategist, Board of Editors, 1995,1996, 1997, Board of Editors, The Matrimonial Strategist, 1997
    • International Who's Who, 1995, International Who's Who, 1995
    • Best Lawyer in America, 1993-1994, Best Lawyer in America, 1993-1994, 1994
    • Who's Who in American Law, 1985-Present
    • Who's Who in the World, 1987-Present

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • National Board of Trial Advocacy-Family Law, 2000- Present, 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Family Law Revision Commission, 1990-1991, 1991
    • Tennessee Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines Commission, 1989, 1989
    • President, Family Law Section, Tennessee Bar Association, 1987-1988, 1988
    • Chair, Divorce and Family Law Section, Memphis Bar Association, 1986-1987, 1987
    • Co-founder, Family Law Section, Tennessee Bar Association, 1987, 1987
    • Founder, Divorce and Family Law Section, Memphis Bar Association, 1986

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Founding Chair, Student Legal Assistant Program, 1975
    • Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Supporter , 2019
    • Dixon Gallery & Gardens Supporter, 2019
    • Vice Chairman of the Board, WKNO sponsor and on air personality, MALS supporter, MPA and GMPA supporter
    • Reunion Chairman for Rhodes, International Children's Heart Foundation

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Trial: Winning What You Really Want, Nevada State Bar Family Law Conference, 2019, Trial: Winning What You Really Want, Nevada State Bar Family Law Conference, 2019
    • Memphis,2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, Host & Presenter, National Divorce Skills Institute, Memphis, Larry Rice, Center For Excellence in CLE, 2019
    • How to Be the Lawyer That Your Mother Tells Everyone You Are, Memphis Bench Bar Conference, 2018, How to Be the Lawyer That Your Mother Tells Everyone You Are, Memphis Bench Bar Conference, 2018
    • The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice: Forms and Procedures for the Lawyer, Fifth Edition is a solid resource for all lawyers, whether for those just starting out or for those who want to build up their document library. It is a proven system that provides a winning strategy for family law practices. This complete divorce practice system can easily be customized to fit each jurisdiction and case, providing over 500 documents to efficiently take clients through every step of the divorce practice. The guide is easy to use, arranged in the natural order of the divorce experience. Starting with clients, it follows through the interview, proceeds through discovery, negotiations, mediation, trial and ends with prenuptial agreements. Content includes forms, checklists, worksheets, formal motions, orders, pleadings, agreements, and letters in the following areas: Law office management Clients Client interview Complaints Discovery Marital dissolution agreement Alternative dispute resolution Trial Final decree Motions Petitions Consent orders Orders Miscellaneous pleadings Letters Pre and post-marital agreements, Co-Author, The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice: Forms and Procedures for the Lawyer, 5th Edition, American Bar Association, 2017
    • Discovery in Family Law Litigation, Upper Cumberland Family Law, 2017, Discovery in Family Law Litigation, Upper Cumberland Family Law, 2017
    • The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, South Carolina State Bar Association, 2016, The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, South Carolina State Bar Association, 2016
    • The Best Program for Real Lawyers, Hawaii State Bar Association, 2015, The Best Program for Real Lawyers, Hawaii State Bar Association, 2016
    • Win New Clients with Social Media, Center for Excellence in CLE, 20015, Win New Clients with Social Media, Center for Excellence in CLE, 2015
    • Law Practice Management & Digital Development, Tennessee Bar Association, 2015, Law Practice Management & Digital Development, Tennessee Bar Association, 2015
    • The Best CLE Program for Divorce Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association, 2015, The Best CLE Program for Divorce Lawyers, Illinois State Bar Association, 2015
    • Divorce Skills, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2014, Divorce Skills, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2014
    • Clients: Getting and Obtaining, Mississippi Bar Association, 2014, Clients: Getting and Obtaining, Mississippi Bar Association, 2014
    • Clients & Office Management, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2014, Clients & Office Management, Nebraska State Bar Association, 2014
    • Divorce Skills & More Divorce Skills, Alaska Bar Association, 2014, Divorce Skills & More Divorce Skills , Alaska Bar Association , 2014
    • The Best Program for Real Lawyers, Vermont Bar Association, 2014, The Best Program for Real Lawyers, Vermont Bar Association , 2014
    • Divorce Skills Workshop, MCLE, New England, 2014, Divorce Skills Workshop, MCLE New England, 2014
    • The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, Missouri Bar Association, 2013,2014, The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, Missouri Bar Association, 2014
    • Success & Happiness for Lawyers, State Bar Association of North Dakota, 2013, Success & Happiness for Lawyers, State Bar Association of North Dakota, 2013
    • Socializing with Social Media, American Bar Association, 2013, Socializing with Social Media, American Bar Association, 2013
    • Speaker at the American Bar Association Convention:  1993,1994, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Presenter, Presenter at the American Bar Association Convention- multiple years, American Bar Association, 2013
    • The Best Seminar for Real Lawyers, ABA, 2005,2006, 2007, 2010,2012,2013, The Best Seminar for Real Lawyers, American Bar Association, 2013
    • The Best Divorce Seminar, Foxmoor, 2012,2013, The Best Divorce Seminar, Foxmoor, 2013
    • The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, 4th Edition, 2012, Co-Author, The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, 4th Edition, American Bar Association, 2012
    • Discovery: Knowledge is Power, NALA, 2012, Co-Author, Discovery: Knowledge is Power, NALA, 2012
    • Tunica, 1998,2000,2002,2004,2008,2010 , Host & Presenter, National Divorce Skills Institute, Mississippi, Larry Rice, Center For Excellence, CLE, 2010
    • Ten Strategies for Taking Your Family Law Practice to the Next Level, ABA, 2010, Ten Strategies for Taking Your Family Law Practice to the Next Level, American Bar Association, 2010
    • Winning for Your Client, Mediation Methods and Trial Techniques, ABA, 2010, Winning for Your Client, Mediation Methods and Trial Techniques, American Bar Association, 2010
    • Law Practice Management for All Lawyers, ABA, 2010, Law Practice Management for All Lawyers, American Bar Association, 2010
    • Practicing the Practice of Law, Part II, ABA, 2010, Practicing the Practice of Law, Part II, American Bar Association, 2010
    • Striving for Success: How to Upgrade you Family Law Practice, ABA, 2010, Striving for Success: How to Upgrade you Family Law Practice, American Bar Association, 2010
    • Caribbean, 2007, 2009, Host & Presenter, National Divorce Skills Institute, Caribbean, Larry Rice, Center For Excellence in CLE, 2009
    • Las Vegas, 2006,2007,2008, Host & Presenter, National Divorce Skills Institute, Las Vegas, Larry Rice, Center For Excellence in CLE, 2008
    • The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, ABA, 2007, The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, American Bar Association , 2007
    • National Divorce Skills Institute Manual, PESI, 2007, National Divorce Skills Institute Manual, PESI, 2007
    • National Divorce Skills Institute Manuel, PESI, 2006, National Divorce Skills Institute Manuel, PESI , 2006
    • The Joy of Law Practice Management for Matrimonial Lawyers, ABA, 2005, The Joy of Law Practice Management for Matrimonial Lawyers, American Bar Association, 2005
    • The Joy of Law Practice Management, ABA, 2005, The Joy of Law Practice Management, American Bar Association, 2005
    • The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, ABA, 2005, The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, American Bar Association, 2005
    • The Fundamentals of Success, ABA, 2005, The Fundamentals of Success, American Bar Association, 2005
    • Law Practice Management for Real Lawyers in Michigan, American Bar Association, 2005, Law Practice Management for Real Lawyers in Michigan, American Bar Association , 2005
    • Clients: Getting, Keeping and Sometimes Controlling the Pesky People who Pay the Bills, ABA, 2005, Clients: Getting, Keeping and Sometimes Controlling the Pesky People who Pay the Bills, American Bar Association, 2005
    • Ethical Issues in Office Management and Client Relations, ABA, 2005, Ethical Issues in Office Management and Client Relations, American Bar Association, 2005
    • Divorce Practice: How and What, ABA, 2004, Divorce Practice: How and What, American Bar Association, 2004
    • The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, 3rd Edition, ABA, 2004, The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice , American Bar Association, 2004
    • The Magic of Divorce Practice, ABA, The Magic of Divorce Practice, American Bar Association , 2003
    • The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, ABA, 2002, The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, American Bar Association, 2002
    • Enhance Your Practice, Law Management for Real Lawyers, ABA 2000, Enhance Your Practice, Law Management for Real Lawyers, American Bar Association , 2000
    • The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, Nevada Edition, 2000,2010, The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, Nevada Bar Association, 2010
    • Law Practice Management for the Rest of Us, ABA, 1999, Law Practice Management for the Rest of Us, American Bar Association, 1999
    • The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, Indiana Edition, 1999, The Incomplete Guide to Divorce Practice, ICLEF, 1999
    • The Matrimonial Strategist, "ADR - During the Marriage- Using Mutual Gifts to Solve Marital Disputes Over Assets," June 1998, ADR - During the Marriage- Using Mutual Gifts to Solve Marital Disputes Over Assets, The Matrimonial Strategist, 1998
    • Asset valuation and distribution of Divorce, TBA, 1998, Asset valuation and distribution of Divorce, Tennessee Bar Association, 1998
    • Fifty Ways to Improve Your Family Law Practice, ABA, 1998, Fifty Ways to Improve Your Family Law Practice, American Bar Association, 1998
    • Child Custody and Visitation in Tennessee, "Divorce," NBI, 1998, Child Custody and Visitation in Tennessee, Divorce, NBI, 1998
    • Larry Rice on Divorce: How to Run an Efficient and Effective Divorce Practice and Improve Client Satisfaction, Virginia Law Foundation, 1998, Larry Rice on Divorce: How to Run an Efficient and Effective Divorce Practice and Improve Client Satisfaction, Virginia Law Foundation, 1998
    • The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, 2nd Edition, American Bar Association, 1998, Author, The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, 2nd Edition , American Bar Association , 1998
    • Tennessee Evidence Workshop Handbook, Contributor, PESI, 1997, Tennessee Evidence Workshop Handbook, PESI, 1997
    • Hot Topics in Family Law, Ethics & Professionalism, TBA, 1997, Hot Topics in Family Law, Ethics & Professionalism, Tennessee Bar Association , 1997
    • "Excellence in Continuing Professional Education", "Excellence in Continuing Professional Education", 1997
    • 1997 Wiley Family Law Update, "Sample Discovery Forms in Divorce Litigation," Wiley, 1997, Sample Discovery Forms in Divorce Litigation, Wiley, 1997
    • Plaintiff Personal Injury Paralegal, "In Pursuit of the Perfect Personal Injury Practice," PESI, 1997, In Pursuit of the Perfect Personal Injury Practice, PESI, 1997
    • The Effective, Ethical Lawyer, PESI, 1996, The Effective, Ethical Lawyer, PESI, 1996
    • Trends and Issues in Family Law, "When Mediation Fails, Litigation Prevails," TBA, 1992, When Mediation Fails, Litigation Prevails, Tennessee Bar Association, 1992
    • The Matrimonial Strategist, "Good Advice for Your Clients: Have an AIDS Test," June 1995, Good Advice for Your Clients: Have an AIDS Test, The Matrimonial Strategist, 1995
    • Family Law, "How to Earn Money Practicing Family Law," TBA, 1995, How to Earn Money Practicing Family Law, Tennessee Bar Association, 1995
    • The Matrimonial Strategist, "Visual Persuasion: Using Graphs to Make Your Point," February 1994, Visual Persuasion: Using Graphs to Make Your Point, The Matrimonial Strategist, 1994
    • Family Law: Ask the Experts, "Total Quality Management: Law Office Automation/Paralegals as Case Managers," TBA, 1994, Total Quality Management: Law Office Automation/Paralegals as Case Managers, TBA , 1994
    • Divorce Practice, Virginia Law Foundation, 1994, Divorce Practice, Virginia Law Foundation, 1994
    • The Matrimonial Strategist, "Case Charts Help You Keep Track of File Details," November 1993, Case Charts Help You Keep Track of File Details, The Matrimonial Strategist, 1993
    • The Matrimonial Strategist, Divorce: What You Need To Know When It's Happening to You- Videotape, American Bar Association, 1993, The Matrimonial Strategist, Divorce: What You Need To Know When It's Happening to You, American Bar Association , 1993
    • Divorce Trial, Tribulations, Tactics and Triumphs, Co-author, TBA, 1993, Divorce Trial, Tribulations, Tactics and Triumphs, Tennessee Bar Association , 1993
    • The Matrimonial Strategist, "Using 'Divorce Worksheets' to Keep Track of Cases," December 1993, Using 'Divorce Worksheets' to Keep Track of Cases, The Matrimonial Strategist, 1993
    • Divorce Practice Made Easier, TBA, 1993, Divorce Practice Made Easier, Tennessee Bar Association , 1993
    • The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, American Bar Association., Author, The Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, American Bar Association, American Bar Association, 1992
    • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section Newsletter, "Antenuptial Agreement, Postnuptial Agreement and Reconciliation Agreement," Co-author, May/June 1992, Antenuptial Agreement, Postnuptial Agreement and Reconciliation Agreement, State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section Newsletter , 1992
    • "Child Custody in Tennessee", Contributor, "Child Custody in Tennessee", NBI, 1992
    • "Alimony- What it is, What it was, and What it shall be", "Alimony- What it is, What it was, and What it shall be", Tennessee Bar Association , Family Law, 1991
    • Beauty and the Beast, Family Law in the'90s, "The Perfect Divorce Client", TTLA, 1991
    • "Rice's Divorce Practice Manual", PESI, 1990
    • "Antenuptial Contracts-Alimony, Attorney Fees, & Property Division", TBA, Family Law, 1989
    • "Divorce Practice A to Z", National Dependent Care, 1989
    • "Divorce Lawyer's Handbook", PESI, 1989
    • American Journal of Family Law, "Tactics in Divorce Practice", Tactics in Divorce Practice, American Journal of Family Law, Family Law, 1989
    • "Winning for Your Client", LEI, 1988
    • "Clients, Interviews, and Complaints", TBA, Family Law, 1988
    • "Divorce Practice in Tennessee", 2nd Edition, PESI, 1987
    • "Divorce Practice in Tennessee", PESI, 1987

    Representative Clients:

    • Ward v. Ward set the standard of analysis for dissipation for years in the State of Tennessee. , 2004

    Videos:

    • , Property Division
    • , Child Support
    • , Children and Divorce
    • Larry Rice discusses the stressful components of the discovery process when going through a divorce. He elaborates on the rules of discovery and the challenges both the attorneys and clients face when preparing the discovery., Discovery
    • , Alimony
    • Larry Rice defines legal separation and annulment. He explains that couples usually resort to legal separation because they are avoiding accepting the fact that the marriage is over and they need a divorce. However, under rare circumstances legal separation can be a good thing. Larry Rice also discusses annulments and describes them as alternatives to divorce when you find that the marriage was void from the beginning., Separation and Annulments
    • Larry Rice discusses the twists and turns of abusive relationships and the vicious cycle that couples in violent relationships become caught in. He also discusses the effects of spousal abuse on children and how the parent can take initiative and get out of the situation before the effects on the children and family escalate., Domestic Violence
    • , Divorce Primer
    • Larry Rice discusses the various legal grounds for divorce including, but not limited to, adultery, habitual abuse of alcohol or narcotics, living separately for more than two years, willful or malicious desertion, conviction of a felony, bigamy, and inappropriate marital conduct, which is the most common ground for divorce. He also defines fault and no-fault divorces, explaining the differences between the two types., Grounds for Divorce
    • Larry Rice talks about the forms of contempt and the consequences of violating a court order. He defines the two types of contempt, civil and criminal, and explains the various ramifications when one does not comply with a court order, ranging from a simple monetary fine to a more severe punishment such as jail time., Contempt
    • Larry Rice discusses the divorce trial process. You have gone through the entire divorce process and things couldn’t get resolved, so you have made it to the last and worst step. Mr. Rice emphasizes on the importance of telling the truth. Tell your lawyer everything from the very beginning. Telling the truth makes it much easier. Tell the court the truth because it will probably come out anyways and will destroy your lives about one thing and destroy the truth your telling about everything else… so, tell the truth. Mr. Rice informs you on how to prepare for trial. We don’t know what the Judge is going to do until the Judge does it, and then sometimes we still do not know what the Judge is going to do. So, if you have your case tried, work with your lawyer, tell the truth, and realize the system isn’t always perfect. Judges are trying to do what they think are right., Divorce Trial in Tennessee
    • , Post Divorce Property Division
    • Larry Rice discusses the importance of not involving children in the divorce process. He recommends still parenting together by emphasizing each parents’ love for their children and by not criticizing the other spouse in front of the children. Larry Rice also addresses the main components and faults of the Child Support Worksheet in Tennessee. He concludes by reiterating his point to parent together and to not talk badly about the other spouse., Parenting Issues in Tennessee
    • Larry Rice discusses the purpose of Pendente Lite Support hearings in Tennessee. Pendente Lite, Latin for “pending litigation,” is a good way to establish temporary child support until the final divorce hearing. Attorney Larry Rice explains that the Divorce Referee only considers income, expenses and the Child Support guidelines when deciding temporary support at the Pendente Lite hearings. Other factors that would contribute to granting a fault divorce in Tennessee do not hold much weight at a Pendente Lite hearing., Pendente Lite Support in Tennessee
    • , Support Order Modification
    • , Parenting Time Modification
    • , Post Divorce Relocation in Tennessee
    • , Marital Dissolution Agreements and Negotiations

    Educational Background:

    • National College of Advocacy, American Trial Lawyer Association, Washington, D.C., 1978
    • Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1977
    • Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee Bachelor of Arts, Communication with Distinction Bachelor of Arts, History with Distinction and Honors  , 1974
    • University College, Oxford, England,  Bachelor of Arts, Communication Arts and History, British Studies, 1973
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    Office Location for Larry Rice

    275 Jefferson Avenue
    Memphis, TN 38103

    Phone: 901-526-6701

    Fax: 901-526-6702

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