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Jonathan E. Richman

Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP

New York, NY, USA

Jonathan E. Richman is a litigation partner in Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's New York office and is a co-chair of the firm's Securities, M&A and Corporate Governance Practice Group. Mr. Richman has broad experience in a range of civil litigation matters, including securities litigation and investigations, shareholder derivative actions, insurance sales-practices suits, antitrust litigation, bankruptcy proceedings, product-liability litigation, and employment and ERISA suits.

Representative Matters
  • Defended various companies in securities class actions and related individual, ERISA, and derivative actions (including Royal Dutch/Shell, Zurich Financial Services, Global Crossing, Waste Management, Vestas Wind Systems)
  • Represented companies in landmark non-U.S. collective settlements of securities claims under Dutch law in the Netherlands (Royal Dutch/Shell; Zurich Financial Services in the Converium case)
  • Represented Special Committee of energy-services company in derivative actions alleging FCPA violations, abuse of government contracts, environmental violations, and other conduct
  • Represented Special Litigation Committee of technology company in pursuing options-backdating claims against former officers and directors
  • Represented insurance company in investigation of executive-compensation issues pursuant to shareholder demand letter
  • Represented issuers and accountants in SEC investigations
  • Defended insurance companies in class actions and individual lawsuits involving insurance sales practices, underwriting issues, management fees, and antitrust issues (Zurich Financial Services, MetLife, American General, New York Life)
  • Represented international energy company in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation
  • Represented companies in litigation arising from mergers, acquisitions, and tender offers
  • Defended a former manufacturer of asbestos-containing products in numerous lawsuits
  • Defended Mobil Oil Corporation in age-discrimination and ERISA class actions and individual suits arising from a pension-plan amendment

Selected Activities
  • Member, American Bar Association (Consumer Financial Services Committee, International Law Section, Litigation Section)
  • Member, Federal Bar Council (Committee on Second Circuit Courts)
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (1983-2005; Counsel, 1992-2005)

Directory Rankings
  • Mentioned in Legal 500 US 2011 - Securities:  Shareholder Litigation
  • New York Super Lawyers 2006 - Metro

  • Yale Law School, 1982, J.D., Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal, 1981-1982
  • Princeton University, 1978, A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions
  • New York

Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

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