Richard Mains

Position: Investigator | Columbus
Location: Columbus

Rick Mains is an Investigator with more than 20 years of federal law enforcement experience leading sophisticated criminal, terrorism, export controls, espionage, economic espionage, and cyber intrusion investigations. Rick assists the Firm’s clients in responding to and defending against government criminal and civil enforcement investigations and other sensitive matters. He also leverages his experience to provide clients with invaluable corporate and regulatory compliance advice and consultation to avoid government scrutiny.

Rick began his law enforcement career in the Criminal Division of the FBI’s Washington Field Office in Washington, D.C., where he conducted violent crime investigations involving organized crime, bank robberies, fugitives, kidnaping, and threats against federal officials. Following the attacks on 9/11, Rick transferred to the National Security Division with a focus on international terrorism matters. As a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Rick led complex counterterrorism investigations across the country and around the world for the FBI. Rick also deployed to Afghanistan for extended assignments with the Department of Defense and other government agencies as an international terrorism subject matter expert.

In 2015, Rick was appointed Supervisor of an espionage squad in Washington, D.C. responsible for the FBI’S most sensitive and impactful espionage investigations to protect U.S. Government personnel, assets, infrastructure, and information, domestically and abroad. He also developed insider threat programs for multiple federal agencies to further the FBI counterintelligence mission and to safeguard state secrets throughout the United States Intelligence Community.

In 2017, Rick was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FBI Cincinnati Field Office. In that position, Rick was the executive manager over the National Security Branch where he directed sophisticated investigations in counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and weapons of mass destruction. In this leadership role, Rick directed an intensive international investigation that led to the first-ever criminal indictment, arrest, and extradition of a known intelligence officer on charges of economic espionage and theft of trade secrets from several major U.S. and foreign aviation and aerospace companies.

In 2018, Rick retired from the FBI and became the Director of Global Security for NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company, responsible for the identification and mitigation of threats to employees, infrastructure, assets, information, and brand. In that position, he was also responsible for corporate internal investigations, due diligence, and regulatory compliance matters.


Capital University Law School (J.D., 1995)
Capital University (B.A., Political Science and Criminal Justice, 1989)

Bar Admissions

Northern District of Ohio
Southern District of Ohio

Government Service

Federal Bureau of Investigation (1998-2018)
Ohio Court of Claims (1991-1996)


FBI Director’s Award for Excellence (2014)
BG Richard T. Ellis Award for Excellence in HUMINT Collaboration (2012)
Director of National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation (2008)
J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Award for Valor (2007)