Carol Ann Rich

Carol Ann Rich


A native of Detroit, Michigan, Carol Ann Rich has been in active practice in the Virgin Islands since 1986.  
Following a clerkship with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Attorney Rich relocated to Miami, Florida, where she concentrated on commercial and environmental law at Peeples Earl & Blank, a firm with offices in Miami and Sarasota. In 1985 Attorney Rich moved to the Virgin Islands. She was a partner in the Law Firm of Campbell, Arellano & Rich for more than 18 years, specializing in complex commercial litigation, appellate work and bankruptcy. In 2004 Attorney Rich became of counsel to Dudley Clark & Chan, LLP, continuing with her focus on complex commercial litigation. Effective January 1, 2012, Attorney Rich joined forces with Adriane J. Dudley and Sharmane Davis Brathwaite to form the firm Dudley Rich Davis LLP.

Over her 30-year career, Attorney Rich has appeared before every Virgin Islands court, as well as in Federal Bankruptcy courts in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Delaware and Pittsburgh, and the  United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Areas of Practice

Attorney Rich continues to specialize in commercial and real estate litigation, creditor rights in bankruptcy, commercial and residential real estate and bank transactions matters, real estate foreclosure and commercial loan enforcement. Current clients include banking institutions, businesses in the private and public sectors engaged in real estate development, retail, industrial and other matters, government or quasi-governmental entities, condominium and timeshare association boards, and individuals.  

Reported Decisions of Note

UMLIC VP LLC v. Matthias, 364 F. 3d 125 (3d Cir. 2004)

In re Jaritz Industries, Ltd., 151 F. 3d 93 (3d Cir. 1998)

In re Tutu Wells Contamination Litigation, 120 F.3d 368 (3d Cir.1997)

Airlines Reporting Corporation v Belfon, 2010 WL 3664065 (D.V.I. 2010)

Friedberg v.Barefoot Architect, Inc., 2014 WL 7450557 (D.V.I. 2014)

Bank of Nova Scotia v.Four Winds Plaza Corp., 2012 WL 3064337 56 V.I. 45 (Super. Ct. 2012)

Storage on Site, LLC  v Slodden, 2012 WL 3599240 57 V.I. 94  (V.I. Super. 2012)

Burton v. First Bank of Puerto Rico,  2007 WL 2332084 49 V.I. 16 (Super. Ct. 2007)


Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan (J.D. magna cum laude, 1981)
Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan (B.A. Political Science, Philosophy, 1978) 

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1981
Florida, 1984
Virgin Islands, 1986

Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
District Court of the Virgin Islands
Superior Court of the Virgin Islands

Professional Associations and Appearances

2102-2103 Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
2006-2010 Member, Board of Governors, Virgin Islands Bar Association
2009-2011 Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Virgin Islands Bar
1989-1992 Member, Virgin Islands Committee of Bar Examiners
1994-1996 Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Virgin Islands Bar
1999 Panel Speaker, Bankruptcy Basics Seminar, United States District Court, St. Thomas
1999 Panel Speaker, Bankruptcy Ethics, Third Circuit Judicial Conference, Pittsburgh
2006 Panel Speaker, Ethics and Professional Compensation, ABI International Insolvency Conference, Puerto Rico
2009 Panel Speaker and Organizer, How Bankruptcy Affects Your Practice, Virgin Islands Bar Association Annual Meeting

Other Affiliations

Humane Society of the Virgin Islands
Board Member, Pistarckle Theater, St. Thomas Virgin Islands