Richard H. Gaines was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in 1990, and earned his law degree, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in 1995. 

Mr. Gaines is rated AV® Preeminent ™, in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory; and has been recognized in the  Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2014; Top Lawyer and Top Up & Comers, South Florida Legal Guide, 2009, 2011; and South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012.

Mr. Gaines is the President/Co-Founder of the Parkland Coral Springs Business Group, through which he has helped direct community involvement and charitable contributions to local Parkland and Coral Springs-based charities, such as Parkland Buddy Sports, Tomorrow's Rainbow, and Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, as well as providing scholarships to deserving graduates of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Mr. Gaines is also the Co-Chairman of the South Florida Chapter of the Gotham Networking Group, a New York City-based networking group whose motto is "'Tis better to give than to receive."