He is a native of Bamberg, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Finance in 1979, and from the University of South Carolina School of Law with a J. D. in 1982. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Richard engages in general practice with an emphasis on civil trial practice (including medical malpractice) and criminal law. Mr. Ness is a certified mediator, and has served for thirty-two (32) years as a Special Referee for the Second Judicial Circuit, presiding by court appointment over non-jury trials. He has served on the South Carolina Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness for approx. thirty (30) years, and he was the Chairman for nine years, from 2004-2012. Mr. Ness is an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Ness resides and practices in Bamberg, where he is a partner in the firm of Ness & Jett, LLC.
Richard has a 5/5 AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell©, which is their highest rating, given only to “preeminent” lawyers. Martindale-Hubbell© is one of the foremost lawyer rating services in the United States.