Attorney Ricardo “Rick” St. Hilaire is Executive Director of Red Arch Cultural Heritage Law & Policy Research, publisher of the award winning Cultural Heritage Lawyer blog, and advisor to the Knights of Columbus Museum and Saint John Paul II National Shrine as KofC Associate General Counsel.
Before serving in these current roles, Attorney St. Hilaire practiced law as a prosecutor and a private practitioner. His legal areas of experience are criminal justice, litigation, nonprofit corporations, administration and risk management of museums and religious institutions, government affairs, and international cultural heritage law.
Attorney St. Hilaire is rated by Avvo as a “Superb” lawyer. He is the recipient of the 2014 Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year by the New Hampshire Bar Association Section on International Law and is recognized worldwide for his ongoing work to protect cultural and religious heritage from looting, vandalism, and trafficking. In 2014 and 2015, the ABA Journal cited his blog as one of the top 100 law blogs in America.
Before transitioning starting a successful law practice in the private sector, voters in New Hampshire elected Attorney St. Hilaire to four terms as Grafton County Attorney, where he served as chief prosecutor and law enforcement authority beginning in January 2003. His prosecution career spanned 15 years, during which time he investigated and prosecuted felony and misdemeanor criminal cases, including arson, assault, fraud, manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide, obstruction of justice, public corruption, rape, robbery, theft, weapons offenses, and more. For his work, New Hampshire’s governor, senate, and house of representatives each recognized him with formal commendations. The New Hampshire Association of Counties recognized St. Hilaire as County Attorney of the Year in 2006. He spearheaded the creation of an award-winning drug court (only the second one formed in NH) to significantly reduce drug-related crime, and he inaugurated a child advocacy center to help children victimized by abuse.
Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Columbia University in 1990 and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993. He is a member of the bars of New Hampshire, Connecticut (house counsel), and Washington, D.C. (inactive). He is qualified as a Certified Institutional Protection Manager by the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection and is an active member of the ASIS International Cultural Properties Council, the leading organization of professionals setting security standards for museums, libraries, and houses of worship.
He is an avocational Egyptologist who undertook coursework in ancient Egyptian art, architecture, and language at Columbia University, the Massachusetts College of Art, and University College London.
When not in the office, you can find Rick and his daughter watching a Red Sox game or traveling.