“I strive to present my clients’ arguments in the most clear and persuasive way. My goal is always to earn their trust. Without that, I cannot be effective.”
Richard primarily practices in the areas of business and commercial litigation, including business torts, fraud, contract disputes, complex cases, injunctions, and commercial arbitration. His other areas of practice include insurance company insolvency proceedings, civil RICO, accounting and legal malpractice, and civil appeals.
Richard presents his client’s best arguments in the simplest, most effective way. He does this by learning the facts, including facts his client may have forgotten or may not think are important. Richard works with his clients to narrow down the issues to the ones that really matter. He only takes relevant discovery from the other side, and protects his clients from unreasonable discovery by the other side. Richard is loyal, dependable and patient. He understands, more than anything, how paramount it is to earn a client’s trust because he knows he cannot be effective without it.
In his free time, Richard enjoys (in no particular order) Charles Dickens, the Philadelphia Orchestra and reading newspapers. He also sings in a semi-professional choir and paints watercolors.
Richard has handled a variety of cases, including:
- Counseling clients with respect to education law issues;
- Fraudulent conveyance litigation;
- Advising a client on Title IX;
- Representing clients in family-owned business disputes;
- Minority shareholder oppression litigation;
- Representing an insurer in an underwriting dispute;
- Administrative agency proceedings before the State Ethics Commission, and the Office of Developmental Programs within the Department of Public Welfare;
- Defending an investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel;
- Advising clients on multi-state practice of law.
Some of Richard’s notable cases include:
- Representing a life insurance company in rehabilitation, which included drafting, defending and helping to implement a plan of rehabilitation, as well as asset sales, an assumption and reinsurance transaction, and the sale of a golf course;
- Overturning the results of a multi-million dollar RFP process where the client had largely been passed over;
- Successfully defending RICO actions against health care providers and other businesses; and
- Representing a software company against the creditor of a foreign company that undertook to acquire the software company, borrowed against the assets of the software company, and then failed to complete the transaction.
Richard is member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations.