Richard L. Holzworth

Member

Philadelphia

(215) 665-6940

(215) 665-2013

Rick is an experienced trial attorney who represents high net worth individuals and corporate fiduciaries throughout Pennsylvania in estate and trust disputes, including cases involving the validity and interpretation of wills and trusts, breaches of fiduciary duty, and trustee removal and surcharge actions. Rick understands that disagreements regarding the transfer of personal and family wealth are both sensitive and important, and he leverages his experience representing family and closely held businesses in complex commercial disputes in order to guide clients through the dispute resolution process, whether in court or through private settlement. Rick has particular experience with trusts and estates that own specialized assets, such as mineral rights, state-legal cannabis, and digital property. 

In addition to his estate and trust practice, Rick has significant trial and appellate experience litigating commercial disputes in the banking, energy, health care, and cannabis industries. He has briefed and argued numerous fiduciary and commercial cases in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Superior Court, and Supreme Court, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Additionally, Rick regularly represents prisoners in civil rights litigation on a pro bono basis, and has served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for minors in custody disputes.

Outside of his legal career, Rick is a competitive cyclist and active in his community. Rick has served as the president of the board of directors for Bike Share Pittsburgh, which operates the HealthyRide bike sharing network. He also has been a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Tour de Cure, for the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Experience

News

Richard Holzworth Elected to Arden Credit Union's Board of Directors

May 19, 2022

Richard Holzworth is featured in the Credit Union Times for his election to Ardent Credit Union’s Board of Directors.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Pennsylvania Litigator Rick Holzworth to its National Private Client Services Team

August 05, 2020

Cozen O’Connor welcomed Pennsylvania trial attorney Rick Holzworth — a seasoned litigator who handles complex, high-value lawsuits on behalf of estate and trust administrators, individual beneficiaries, and corporate fiduciaries — to its Private Client Services practice. Holzworth, who joins the firm as a member, will reside in Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office.

Publications

Split McAleer Ruling Leaves Attorney-Client Privilege Fiduciary Exception In Limbo

August 25, 2021

Richard Holzworth authored an article in JD Supra discussing the attorney-client privilege fiduciary exception in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

McAleer Highlights Division Regarding the Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege

August 20, 2021

Richard Holzworth authored an article published in Philadelphia Estate Planning Council's 2021 Summer Newsletter discussing the fiduciary exception to the attorney-client privilege and the impacts of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling in In re: Estate of William K. McAlee.

New Law Gives Pennsylvania Executors Power Over Decedents' Social Media And Other Digital Content

January 22, 2021

Richard Holzworth authored an article in JD Supra discussing Pennsylvania's enactment of the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (RUFADAA).

Pennsylvania Permanently Allows Remote Notarization Of Documents

January 20, 2021

Richard Holzworth authored an article in JD Supra discussing Pennsylvania's decision to make remote notarization a permanent option.

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
  • University of Pittsburgh, M.A., 2009
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., highest honors, 2008
  • Pennsylvania

Board of Directors, Arden Credit Union