Born in Flint and raised in Flushing, Ric’s roots in Genesee County run deep. The McNally family has lived in Genesee County since the turn of the 20th century, owned and managed a Buick-Chevrolet dealership for over seventy-five years, and has established a family tradition of community service.
Ric graduated from Flushing High School in 1971, and attended college at Northwestern University in Chicago, Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo in Spain, and the University of Michigan in both Flint and Ann Arbor. While later attending Detroit College of Law full-time, he worked at the downtown Detroit YMCA, a Livonia tool and die shop, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He graduated Cum Laude from Detroit College of Law in 1979, passed the Michigan bar exam, and began practicing law the same year.
After graduation, Ric went to work for Kent and Davis in Grayling, the law firm where he clerked during law school over summer breaks. The senior partner, Tom Kent, was the Prosecuting Attorney for Crawford County, and appointed Ric Assistant Prosecutor. This assignment put Ric in court three days a week and afforded him an abundance of litigation experience. In 1980, Alton T. Davis—later to become a Michigan Supreme Court Justice—had become Prosecutor, and Ric was Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with responsibility for all criminal cases in the Circuit, District, and Probate courts. He also served as liaison to the military justice authorities at Camp Grayling.
In 1981, Ric returned to the Flint area and served as Court Officer and Law Clerk to Circuit Judge Robert M. Ransom, where he received unique insights into the inner operation of the Genesee County Circuit Court. In 1982, Ric joined the Flint firm of Collins, Stecco and Wascha, which specialized in civil litigation. In 1992 he became a partner in the firm, now known as Collins, Wascha and McNally, where he continues to practice. Ric also became active in the Genesee County Bar Association by serving on the Bench and Bar Committee, the Probate Committee, and as chair of the Mentoring Committee. In 1991, Ric was elected as a Circuit Court mediator, and was appointed by the Court to help resolve cases prior to trial.
While an associate with the firm, he met and married Christine Thomas, and had two children: Caitlin and Franklin. In 1991, Franklin was diagnosed with autism, and the McNally family moved from Flushing to Flint to be closer to support services for Franklin. Franklin was enrolled in a preschool program at Valley School, an independent K-12 school in the city of Flint, where his daughter Caitlin was later enrolled as well. For Valley School, Ric served as Treasurer and President on the Board of Trustees, and provided legal counsel to the school on Valley's purchase from the State of Michigan of land and buildings on the campus of the Michigan School for the Deaf. Ric also pursued leadership positions in the autism advocacy community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of Michigan for a decade, including several years as President. Locally, he was a founding board member of the Autism Support Group of Genesee County, and serves today as its General Counsel. After their children had grown up, Christine and Ric parted in 2005.
The local legal community has recognized Ric formally, including the Genesee County Bar Association's 2005 Case Evaluator of the Year and its 2017 Milliken Civility and Professionalism award. In 2015, the Flint Trial Lawyers named Ric Advocate of the Year. Since 2006, he has been appointed as a Guardian ad Litem by the Genesee County Probate Court, advising Judge Barkey regarding proposed settlements in minor's injury and wrongful death claims.
In addition to his family and client obligations, Ric has contributed to the larger community through financial support to civic, charitable, and cultural institutions, and by literally rolling up his sleeves to paint houses for neighborhood rehabilitation projects and donate blood to the Red Cross. Assisting in his family’s legacy, Ric served as House Counsel for the McNally dealership, and advised and represented the business in various issues. Since childhood, Ric remained committed the Boy Scouts by serving on its Career Exploring Advisory Committee. Ric has also taught real estate law at Mott Community College and currently serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee for the City of Flushing.