Ricky graduated from Loyola College Preparatory in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1986; he received B.A. Degree in History from The Tulane University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1990; and he attended law school at Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he graduated in 1993. Upon graduation, he was a sole practitioner until August of 1998, at which time he and Craig formed Smith & John. He is licensed with the Louisiana State Bar and admitted to practice in the Federal Court for the Western District of Louisiana and the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ricky has been awarded the Louisiana National Guard Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and received the Military Bloggers Recognition Award in 2007. He has served Rotary International, as a Paul Harris Fellow and he has been chairman of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Shreveport Bar Association. He has been listed as one of the best lawyers in the Shreveport-Bossier area in SB Magazines "Top Lawyers" issue (2004-2008). Ricky is married to Angela Cush John, a pediatrician, and they have three children.