Charlotte Magazine has named Rick McDermott “Charlottean of the Year 2014 (Volunteer).”
McDermott, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, was profiled in the magazine’s December issue.
As highlighted in the story, McDermott has supported the Charlotte chapter of the National MS Society by participating in charity bicycle rides and has raised more than $125,000 for the organization, just through his rides with Bike MS. In November 2013, he was inducted into the charity’s National Volunteer Hall of Fame.
The article goes on to note the many other causes and organizations that have benefitted from McDermott’s volunteerism. In addition to serving on the board for The Relatives, a nonprofit organization that helps children in crisis with emergency shelter and job searches, McDermott teaches at the Charlotte School of Law as an adjunct professor and assists with pro bono cases for Legal Services of Southern Piedmont. He’s also a board member for Equality NC, the gay rights advocacy organization.
“My days might be long at the office,” he told the magazine, “but I’m not just practicing law while I’m there.”
The Charlottean of the Year awards are selected by the editorial staff of Charlotte Magazine and recognize individuals in the community who contribute to making Charlotte a better city through their endeavors in art, government, business, science or nonprofit.