Richard A. Spehr leads Mayer Brown’s global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Formerly, the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s New York office, Rich is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including federal and state securities laws, internal investigations, SEC investigations, DOJ investigations, international arbitration, derivatives, banking, financial services, and intellectual property litigation.
Rich has tried more than a dozen cases to verdict or decision for a number of clients. He regularly advises and represents numerous Fortune 500 global companies, including Bank of Montreal, HSBC, AIG, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck.
Rich is a contributing author of Practising Law Institute’s “Securities Investigations: Internal, Civil and Criminal” Deskbook. He is also frequently quoted by major news publications, including Bloomberg BNA, New York Law Journal and Law360, among others.
- State University of New York at Binghamton, BA
- St. John’s University School of Law, JD
- New York
- US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- US District Court for the Southern District of New York
- US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- Represented a major pharmaceutical company in a highly significant AAA arbitration concerning a licensing dispute.
- Represented the former CFO of a major insurance company in multiple litigation matters and internal and government investigations emanating from the 2008 financial crisis.
- Represented several leading pharmaceutical companies in litigations arising out of licensing, distribution, co-development and co-marketing agreements.
- Represented a global bank in a lender liability case involving a failed real estate development.
- Led several major internal client investigations on behalf of the audit committee, officers and directors, and the company itself; handled governmental investigations.
- Represented debtors and creditors in various contested bankruptcy proceedings throughout the US.
- Represented a major US data processing company in litigation over a licensing agreement.
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