was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1947. He graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1966 and attended both Columbia and American Universities. He received his J.D. degree from Antioch University School of Law in December, 1981 and is a member of the bars of the State of Alaska, the State of Washington and the District of Columbia.
Prior to entering law school, Haggart was a staff assistant and speech-writer for two of Alaska’s U. S. Senators, E. L. "Bob" Bartlett and Ted Stevens. He also was employed and a partner in the Wall Street investment firm of G.A. Saxton and Company, and was an associate and member of the law firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner, and Cherot. In 1988 he co-founded the firm of Maloney & Haggart and began limiting his area of practice to plaintiff’s personal injury and trial law. In 1998, Maloney & Haggart was dissolved and Haggart has continued in practice as Richard G. Haggart, P.C.
Haggart has handled a number of significant cases in his career, including one of the largest recoveries ever obtained under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (predecessor of the Americans with Disabilities Act), involving discrimination by the Air Force against a group of hearing-impaired civilian employees. Other major cases in his background include substantial verdicts or settlements involving the Municipality of Anchorage, Phillips Petroleum, AIG Insurance, the State of Alaska, Crowley Maritime and State Farm Insurance.
Most recently, Haggart represented several of the victims and families of the June, 1997, Ptarmigan Peak mountain-climbing disaster, which claimed two lives and seriously injured a number of University of Alaska mountaineering students. Recoveries on behalf of these clients exceeded $1.5 million. In notable cases since 1999, Haggart has settled a case on behalf of an injured worker at the Red Dog Mine for $1.35 million, an accidental death case at the Valdez Marine Terminal for a confidential amount, a commercial air crash case at Good News Bay, Alaska for a confidential amount, a medical malpractice claim against the U.S. government for $2.25 million and obtained a trial verdict of nearly $2.0 million in a fraudulent probate matter.
Dick Haggart is married, has two children, and two dogs.