Richard Dooling

July 11, 2009

Richard Dooling was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

He received his B.A. from St. Louis University in 1976 and, in 1979, began working as a respiratory therapist in intensive care units. After traveling for over a year in Europe and Africa, he went back to law school at St. Louis University, where he was editor in chief of the Law Journal.

He practiced law at Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis for four years. And returned to Bryan Cave in 1999, where he is Of Counsel.

Dooling’s first novel, Critical Care, was made into a film directed by Sidney Lumet. His second novel, White Man’s Grave, was a finalist for the 1994 National Book Award, movie rights optioned by Lawrence Bender, the producer of Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Anna & The King. Dooling’s third novel, Brain Storm was optioned by writer, director, and producer, Alan J. Pakula, the director of All The President’s Men, Sophies Choice, and Presumed Innocent among many others.

Richard Dooling is also the author of Blue Streak: Swearing, Free Speech, and Sexual Harassment, a collection of essays on the first amendment and the politics of swearing.  
 His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The L.A. Times, The National Review, George Magazine, Salon, Yahoo Internet Life, and Story. He also contributes op-ed pieces to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the National Law Journal. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife Kristin and their four children.

See essays by this author:
Diary of an Immortal Man