Attorneys

Richard H. Dolan

Richard H. Dolan has been a partner of the firm since 1982. Mr. Dolan’s practice has focused on complex commercial litigation, and including trials, arbitrations and appeals in antitrust, securities, telecommunications, bankruptcy and sports and entertainment litigation. His clients have included Fortune 500 corporations, family businesses, real estate consortiums and partnerships, and electronics manufacturers, many of whom have sought his advice to strategize and negotiate threatened transactional disputes. In addition, Mr. Dolan has represented clients in connection with corporate governance issues, as well as clients negotiating and drafting agreements in a wide variety of commercial contexts, including contracts and other business documents. Several years ago he was asked to represent David Patterson, the governor of the State of New York, in defending an action brought by the Judges of the State of New York to force the state legislature to enact pay raises. Eventually his representation of the governor was expanded to include representing the legislature as well.

HIS REPRESENTATIONS HAVE INCLUDED:

  • Representing Governor Patterson and the New York legislature in the Judicial Pay Cases, which were litigated throughout New York State and up to the Court of Appeals;
  • Pioneering the use of partition actions in New York to allow property developers to force the sale of buildings they had fractional interests in;
  • Successfully representing property developer Extell Development and enforcing purchase agreements in a series of cases arising under ILSA, the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act;
  • Obtaining a Yellowstone injunction on behalf of Extell, preventing Vornado from taking control of the parking garage of a luxury apartment tower on Park Avenue South;
  • Trying and then settling a Lanham Act case on behalf of Verizon against Yellowbook in the Eastern District of New York;
  • Settling an anti-trust action against Bell Atlantic after a three-week jury trial in the District of Maine;
  • Obtaining dismissal of a Robinson-Patman act claim for want of anti-trust injury in the Northern District of Illinois;
  • Representing an officer of Air Canada in a criminal anti-trust investigation, resulting in no charges against the individual;
  • Representing a Canadian investor in a case concerning the sale of unregistered securities by a UK broker before the District Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals;
  • Representing Bell Atlantic in a Clayton Act case challenging the merger of AT&T and McCaw Cellular;
  • Litigating, up to the Court of Appeals, a number of leading cases on the fiduciary duties owed in family business divorce cases;
  • Winning a $30 million verdict against the World Boxing Council on behalf of a boxer who had been cheated out of his world champion title, and subsequently preventing the WBC’s bankruptcy plan from being confirmed;
  • Representing a boxer in a Council for Arbitration in Sport (CAS/TAS) arbitration against the WBC arising out of the WBC’s failure to perform anti-doping tests after a title fight;
  • Currently representing an insurance company before the Court of Appeals on the issue of whether fraudulent Medicare claims are covered under a computer fraud policy.

Mr. Dolan has been designated a Super Lawyer for the New York Metro Area from 2007-2013 in the areas of business litigation, appellate, and antitrust litigation. Mr. Dolan co-authors the monthly Eastern District Roundup column in the New York Law Journal, which has appeared continuously since 1990.

Mr. Dolan received his B.A. from Yale University in 1972, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a J.D. in 1975. Mr. Dolan began his career as an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. In May 1979, he left to become an Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division, for the Eastern District of New York, where he became a prolific trial attorney, handling such diverse matters as airplane crashes, government contract claims, antitrust actions, medical malpractice, environmental violations, and federal forfeiture. During his four years with the government, Mr. Dolan also wrote and argued in over 25 appeals to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, including arguments defending the constitutionality of a number of federal statutes and regulations.