Ricardo spent over a decade as a teacher, musician and freelance editor prior to attending law school at the University of Texas. Once in law school, Ricardo studied the law from every side, interning at the state court and the state legislature, and acting as a research assistant for Professor William Forbath on a book on constitutional history. He also spent a summer as an intern for fellow Judge (and fellow Longhorn) Royce Lamberth in the District of Columbia. After law school, Ricardo served as a law clerk to Senior District Judge David Briones in his hometown of El Paso, Texas before beginning as a litigation associate as Krevolin & Horst.
Ricardo is a recent transplant to Atlanta. He spends his free time playing music, cooking, reading, and rolling on the ground with his two young sons.