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Richard Meade

Richard Meade

Chief Legal Officer - International
Newark, NJ, USA

Richard E. Meade (Rick) is vice president and chief legal officer for Prudential’s International Division, responsible for leading a team of lawyers located in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America.  In addition, he is a member of the senior management team in the Law, Compliance, Business Ethics & External Affairs Department (LCBE).

Prudential’s International Division businesses manufacture and distribute individual life insurance, retirement and related products to clients in selected international markets..

Rick is also responsible for oversight of Prudential’s Operations and Systems legal team, whose lawyers advise on issues related to corporate real estate, intellectual property and technology and general vendor contracts. 

Rick has been the Chair of LCBE’s award winning Diversity Steering Committee since 2006, as well as the Executive Sponsor of the Department’s Internal and Outside Counsel Diversity Committees.  He also played a key role in launching the multi-company Inclusion Initiative which focuses on increasing corporate expenditures on minority and women owned law firms. 

Rick joined Prudential’s Corporate Law Department in 1985 as legal advisor to the actuarial staff of the Individual Insurance Department and the Corporate Actuary.  In 1987, he became head of the Individual Insurance Section, supervising the legal support for all U.S.-based individual traditional life insurance product and marketing issues, as well as service marks, international insurance and banking issues.  Rick later served for 10 years as chief legal officer for all of Prudential’s domestic individual insurance businesses. He assumed his current responsibilities in 2001.

Prior to joining Prudential, Rick was an associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett  in New York City.

Rick has an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis and a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is admitted to practice law in California, New York and New Jersey.


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