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W. Kenneth Rice


W. Kenneth Rice

William C. Rice had four children, the eldest being his son, W. Kenneth Rice, who was born in Santa Maria in 1947. When William Rice passed away, Ken was only 13 years old. Despite the loss, Ken followed in his father's footsteps and went to law school (although he seriously considered becoming a veterinarian for a period of time). He graduated from USC and went on to earn his law degree from Loyola Marymount University School of Law, and then returned to Santa Maria, taking a job with California Rural Legal Assistance until 1980 when he came to work for the firm, then known as Twitchell and Twitchell.  Shortly thereafter, the firm became known, for the second time in the firm's history, in different generations, as Twitchell and Rice.

Ken was very passionate about the work he did at CRLA, believing that those less fortunate should not be taken advantage of and are entitled to equal representation under the law. This is evidenced by the case of Murgia v. Municipal Court (1975) 15 Cal.3d 286, which was one of his most personally satisfying victories. He was very passionate about the work he did at Twitchell and Rice, as well.  In 1981, he represented tenants who lived on property owned by the Santa Maria Airport District, and was victorious in obtaining a preliminary injunction restraining the District from further proceedings to evict the residents of the Park. In 1994, he won what was, at the time, the largest monetary jury award in Santa Maria in the amount of $5.6 million.

Ken enjoyed helping ordinary people the most, advocating on their behalf and working to assure all people were treated fairly. It was

with those types of cases that Ken found most meaningful.

Ken's experience in the practice of law benefitted the younger lawyers at Twitchell and Rice, as Ken enjoyed mentoring them and sharing his knowledge.

Twitchell and Rice, LLP suffered a loss when Ken passed away in 2005 after a short illness at the age of 58.

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