Richard Beattie

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Richard I. Beattie is Senior Chairman. He focuses on counseling boards of directors and non-management directors on governance issues, investigations and litigation involving corporate officers and other crisis situations. He also focuses on mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts.

He has participated in some of the larger and more complex financial transactions, including JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s $58 billion acquisition of Bank One Corporation, the merger of America Online and Time Warner and the merger of WellPoint Health Networks with Anthem Inc.

Dick has a long record of public service. During the Carter Administration, he served as General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and in 1980, as Director of the Transition and Counsel to the Secretary of Education, he was in charge of organizing the U.S. Department of Education. During the 1980s, Dick served on the New York City Board of Education. He has served as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and during 1995-1997 was President Clinton’s Emissary for Cyprus.

Dick is Chairman of the Board and founder of New Visions for Public Schools, a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements programs to affect system-wide improvements in public education in New York City. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Evercore Partners and is a member of the Boards of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dick is a former member of the Board of Directors of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Heidrick & Struggles, WNET/Channel 13, the Carnegie Corporation and the National Women’s Law Center. He is the recipient of a Bank Street College Honorary Doctorate of Education and the President’s Medal, The Legal Aid Society’s Servant of Justice Award and The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award.

Dick joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1968 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to law school, he served for four years in the Marine Corps as a jet pilot after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1961.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1968 LL.B.
  • Dartmouth College, 1961 B.A.


  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1968–Present
  • New York City Board of Education, 1987–1988
  • Mayor Koch’s Commission on Special Education, Chairman, 1985–1986
  • Mayor Koch’s Commission on the Reorganization of New York City Human Resources Administration, Chairman, 1984
  • United States Department of Education, Counsel to the Secretary and Director of Transition, 1980
  • United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, General Counsel, 1978–1979
  • Secretary of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Executive Assistant, 1977–1978


  • New York 1969
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 1972
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court 1978


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