Richard is a co-founder of Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP and the co-head of its civil litigation department and practices complex commercial litigation. In a forty-year career, he has tried almost 100 jury and non-jury cases. Richard has also handled trials, arbitrations, and appeals involving antitrust, securities, telecommunications, bankruptcy, sports, and entertainment law. His clients include Fortune 500 corporations, family businesses, real estate consortiums and partnerships, and electronics manufacturers. Clients frequently seek his advice on strategically negotiating threatened transactional disputes.
Richard advises clients on corporate governance issues and on negotiating and drafting agreements in a wide variety of commercial contexts, including contracts and other business documents. He is currently defending the NYC Police Benevolent Association and enjoys taking on cases that other firms or lawyers reject as politically unpopular.
Before founding Schlam Stone & Dolan, Richard served as an Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division, for the Eastern District of New York, and prosecuted matters relating to airplane crashes, government contract claims, antitrust actions, medical malpractice, environmental violations, and federal forfeiture. During his four years with the government, he litigated more than 25 cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, including successfully arguing in defense of the constitutionality of numerous federal statutes and regulations.
Richard has been selected to the New York Metro Area list of Super Lawyers® in Business Litigation, Appellate, and Antitrust Litigation. Among his publications, he has co-authored the New York Law Journal’s monthly Eastern District Roundup column since 1990.
- 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 New York Court of Appeals on the issue of whether fraudulent Medicare claims are covered under a computer fraud policy.
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list, Business Litigation, 2006 - 2022
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list for Appellate, 2006 - 2022
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list for Closely Held Business, 2006 - 2022
- Selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list for Insurance Coverage, 2006 - 2022
“Litigation is the worst possible way to resolve a dispute – except when all the other methods have failed. Ultimately, I help our clients find a way to bring a matter to a reasonable end sooner rather than later.”