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Hmm. Kim... you have a bone to pick with me, pick away. In fact, you want to lose your shit, that's alright, too. I'm not perfect. I've broken plenty of times. But never in front of the troops. I don't have to spell out what it does for morale, confidence. Never again. (...) You and me? We're going to lunch, and everyone is gonna see us. Good? (...) Alright, then. After you.
― Rich sets the record straight with Kim.[src]

Richard "Rich" Schweikart is co-founder and name partner of the law firm Schweikart & Cokely, and an attorney for Sandpiper Crossing.

History[]

Background[]

In his first year at a law firm in Boston, Rich was put through a hazing ritual, in which he was left to defend a losing position in a major case entirely on his own. While he and the firm's partners laughed it off, it didn't sit well with him. ("Bali Ha'i")

After founding Schweikart & Cokely, Rich made a name for himself in the Albuquerque legal scene, making the acquaintance of Charles McGill, Howard Hamlin, and Clifford Main, among others. ("RICO")

Better Call Saul[]

Season 1[]

Rich is first seen when Jimmy about wanting him to stop pursuing the Sandpiper Crossing class-action suit. Rich also mentions that tells him that the only reason why he is calling is out of professional courtesy to Chuck. As far as Rich knows, he and Jimmy briefly express a mutual affection for the opera, namely, Mozart's The Magic Flute.

Later, at his office, Rich receives a fax that includes a new, proper demand letter from Jimmy and Chuck and along with it, copies of reassembled Sandpiper Crossing billing statements. Rich and his team arrive at Chuck's house to negotiate with them.

Rich lays out his proposal: Some Sandpiper Crossing residents were indeed over-billed, the result of an innocent accounting error. He offers $100,000 to reimburse the residents and cover legal fees, with the caveat that Sandpiper Crossing admits no wrongdoing. Jimmy tells him that the inclusion of interstate commerce means RICO provisions kick in, elevating the case to fraud and entitling his clients to much higher damages. After a moment of intense private discussion with his team, Rich asks Jimmy what number he's got in mind. Chuck, thus far silent, finally speaks up: "$20 million. Or we'll see you in court." Rich and his team leave. ("RICO")

As the case escalates, Rich seeks a restraining order against Jimmy on the grounds that his "loud and flamboyant" nature disturbs the routine of the Sandpiper Crossing residents. The judge doesn't buy it, and rules in Jimmy's favor. ("Pimento")

Season 2[]

Following a case involving Sandpiper, Rich invites Kim Wexler to a lunch. Rich expresses admiration that Kim "went out swinging" despite being put in a bad position by HHM, having gone through a similar experience in his early years. He offers her a position at Schweikart & Cokely, saying her talents would be more useful there. ("Bali Ha'i")

Rich and his partners has a meeting with Kim to see if she is fit for the job. Once their interview is over, Rich tells her that him and his colleagues like her and that they will give her a reply on if she got the job or not by tomorrow. Though the partners are impressed with Kim, and offer her a partner track position, Kim rejects the offer to form an independent firm with Jimmy. ("Inflatable")

Season 3[]

Rich doesn't appear in the third season, but Schweikart & Cokely is mentioned when Kim recommends the firm to Billy Gatwood to take over his case after her car accident. ("Lantern")

Season 4[]

Rich attends Chuck McGill's funeral and offers his condolences to Jimmy. ("Smoke")

Kim later makes a deal with Rich to join Schweikart & Cokely as the head of a new banking division, bringing in Mesa Verde Bank and Trust as a client and opening her time up so she can focus more on her public defender work. ("Piñata")

Several months later, Rich discusses company retreats with Kim and several other employees at an office party that Jimmy attends. When Jimmy asks where the retreat will be, Rich tells him in a friendly manner that they are for company employees only and jokes around with the other lawyers. Rich asks for Jimmy's opinion on locations and notes that Jimmy "certainly doesn't think small" and is at first impressed by his ideas, but becomes more disturbed and annoyed by Jimmy's rudeness and taking over the conversation. ("Something Stupid")

A year after Chuck's suicide, Rich attends the dedication of the Charles L. McGill Reading Room and comments to Kim that it seems like all of the attorneys in the Southwest are present. Rich expresses remorse that he can't greet Jimmy as he wanted to, spotting him Jimmy. Rich sympathetically comments that even after a year such an event must be hard for Jimmy. Kim thanks him for coming and goes off to check on Jimmy. ("Winner")

Season 5[]

Mesa Verde continues to expand throughout the Southwest, hitting a snag over a potential call center. Rich tells Kim that Kevin wants her in Tucumcari to settle a land dispute with a tenant named Everett Acker. He also admonishes her for blowing off her Mesa Verde work to focus on her pro bono cases. He demands she clear the rest of her schedule and go to Tucumcari; Kim reluctantly acquiesces. ("The Guy For This")

Shortly after, Saul Goodman beings representing Everett Acker. Though Kevin rejects Kim's offer to withdraw from the Tucumcari case, given her personal relationship with Jimmy, Rich suggests to Kim that she temporarily disengage from her work on Mesa Verde. When pressed by Kim, Rich implies that he has seen through her actions and has deduced that she and Jimmy have been working against Mesa Verde on the case. Incensed, Kim follows Rich into the hallway outside and, in front of other staff members, angrily denies that she is throwing the Tucumcari case against her own client. She then enters her office, leaving Rich stunned. ("Dedicado a Max")

At Schweikart & Cokely, Rich, Kim and Marcie attend a conference call with Saul and learn that Acker has agreed to settle the case. Afterwards, Kim gives an apology to Rich for the scene she made after he tried to pull her off of her Mesa Verde work. Rich accepts her apology but warns her to never make a dispute with him public in front of his staff again. The two agree to go to a lunch meeting together in order to project unity within the firm.

Rich, Kim, Kevin and Paige meet with Saul at S&C to negotiate Acker’s settlement, who stuns everyone in the room by demanding $4 million. When Kevin balks this demand, Saul shows them his video, which consists of rough cuts of television commercials seeking plaintiffs for class-action lawsuits against Mesa Verde, including outrageous accusations against both the bank and Kevin’s father. Saul also takes advantage of Kim’s insight into the photos taken from inside Kevin's house: Mesa Verde’s cowboy logo is based on a photo which the bank did not obtain permission to use; on top of the lawsuits, Saul threatens an injunction against displaying the logo. Kevin and Saul reach a hand-shake agreement in the parking garage, settling the Everett Acker case. ("Wexler v. Goodman")

Rich and Kim convene with Paige and Kevin at Mesa Verde's offices to discuss their disastrous meeting with Saul. Kim apologizes profusely for the incident, but Kevin is disappointed with how poorly S&C dealt with the situation. Before Rich and Kim leave, Kevin tells Kim she can "do better than" Jimmy. She starts to leave with Rich, but then impulsively returns to the meeting room. Kim tells Kevin that for all S&C's slip-ups, Kevin also bears some responsibility for the fiasco by ignoring her legal advice: Kevin decided to listen to Jimmy, even when Kim explicitly told him not to. Kevin is apparently impressed upon hearing Kim's counter-argument, and sets their next meeting for Thursday. Rich awkwardly ends the meeting by "getting out of their hair." ("JMM")

After Jimmy's near-death experience in the desert, Kim pulls Richard aside, and to his shock, quits to focus on her public defender work. ("Bad Choice Road")

Season 6[]

Richard takes part in a mediation for the Sandpiper case at HHM overseen by retired judge Rand Casimiro. Richard gives a friendly greeting to the Sandpiper plaintiff Irene Landry, but he is shocked when Howard suddenly starts accusing Casimiro of being bribed by Jimmy McGill which Howard supposedly has pictures from a private investigator to prove. Richard is in disbelief that Jimmy, who had originated this lawsuit, is interfering in its settlement. However, the pictures only turn out to be of Jimmy and the Sound Guy in the park while Erin Brill notices that Howard's eyes are dilated. Clifford Main calls for a recess as Howard continually insists that evidence has been tampered with and that Jimmy is running a campaign to take him down. Leaving the meeting, Richard tells Cliff that they have reconsidered their position and they are going back to their previous offer. The offer only stands until the end of the day and then they continually reduce it by a million dollars a day. Richard leaves, and after the disaster of the mediation, Cliff forces Howard to take the deal. ("Plan and Execution")

Following Howard's "suicide," Richard attends his memorial service at HHM and expresses his sorrow over Howard's death and his respect for the man. Richard reveals to Jimmy and Kim that HHM is downsizing, moving locations and changing its name following Howard's death. Jimmy and Kim leave Richard to go talk to Cheryl and Richard corrects himself as he says goodbye to Jimmy, calling him Saul. ("Fun and Games")

After Breaking Bad[]

After Heisenberg's real identity was exposed, Saul Goodman fled to Omaha, Nebraska to become a Cinnabon manager. Right afterwards, CNBC released an episode of American Greed detailing Saul Goodman's history as a criminal lawyer. In the episode, Richard Schweikart recounts the Sandpiper Crossing case, describing it as "colorful". He then opines that Saul could have been an effective, legitimate lawyer if he never felt the need to "cut corners". Afterwards, he complements Saul and Kim, calling them "smart cookies". ("American Greed: James McGill")

Personality and traits[]

"I just wanted to say good work in there. (...) It's an unwinnable position. (...) But you went down swinging, and I admire that."
―Richard Schweikart to Kim Wekler[src]


Richard Schweikart is serious and a very professional man. Being the co-founder of his own firm makes him confident, which can be mistaken with disdain or being condescending with his peers. However he is actually a very hard working man and does his best to keep the image of his firm intact. He has stated that he admires when someone of their profession puts all the effort in doing their job as a lawyer. He was impressed by the talent and dedication that Kim Wexler puts into her work. He also has a good eye at recognizing the talent of anyone, as he says to Kim that she needs to get her own freedom in a place where she can achieve her potential and generously offers to her a place at his own firm.

Richard has a genuine respect for Chuck McGill due to his intelligence, capacity and dedication to their profession. After Jimmy starts a lawsuit against Sandpiper for overcharging their resident, Richard tells him that he only chose to call him personally as a courtesy to his brother Chuck since he wasn't sure if they were related or not and since Sandpiper was once part of Chuck's, it could make some noise to him and was very happy when he later met Chuck at his place and glad that he was doing well.

Richard also strives to foster good workplace culture. In his first year as a lawyer while working in Boston, the associates of that firm put him through a "trial by fire" of being on his own during a court hearing against an opposing law firm's senior partner and three high-level associates. While he and the associates laughed it off, the incident didn't sit well with him. When Kim apologizes to him for the argument they had in the hallway of the firm, he acknowledges that he himself isn't perfect and goes to lunch with her to maintain workplace morale among the other employees.

Quote[]

"I was a year out of law school at this firm in Boston. And I was finally put on my first big case, this huge employment discrimination suit. That thing kept us billing for a decade. Anyway, we landed this monster. And I find out I'm second chair to one of the partners on the preliminary hearing. And I think "This is it. This is what will define the rest of my career." So the hearing's getting closer and closer. I even get this new suit I can't afford. I split it over three credit cards. I'm probably still paying it off to this day. So I go in bright and early. I'm wearing my new suit, prepping my table, and in walks the opposite counsel. There's four of them. One senior partner and three high-level associates. These guys have been litigating longer than I've been alive. But I think: "I'm good. I got my boss coming. It'll be fine." So I'm sitting alone at my table waiting for my boss to show. And I'm waiting. And I'm waiting. And then suddenly, they're calling us to order. And I realize that no one from my firm is coming. It's just me. So I think, "All right, then. This is the moment". And I get up there and I argue like my life depended on it. I'm sweating and I'm citing statutes left and right. And I'm doing okay, respectable. But I'm just a BB gun to these four howitzers. And I lose, of course. It was inevitable. But later it hit me that my boss never intended to show. And they all laughed about it. They patted me on my back, said that it was my trial by fire. And I laughed with them. But, you know, it really never sat well with me. You want them to have your back. Because at the end of the day, it wasn't about proving my mettle. My boss had a tee time that he didn't wanna miss. I wasn't there long."
―Richard telling to Kim Wexler his similar past experience she had at court.[src]

Appearances[]

Better Call Saul[]

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