Richard is a seasoned litigator and, since 1997, has worked on bankruptcy-related matters representing chapter 7 trustees, chapter 11 trustees, creditors, debtors and others in the full range of bankruptcy litigation, including fraudulent transfer and preference claims, in addition to continuing to provide litigation services in connection with commercial disputes to many clients.
Richard has performed the full range of motion practice, tried cases in the Los Angeles Superior Court and in the United States Bankruptcy Court and United States District Court, and has handled bankruptcy appeals before the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also provides general counsel to commercial/industrial landlords, business owners, a textbook publisher and persons involved with freight forwarding and customs brokerages in addition to providing business litigation services to clients.
- UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 1973); Activities and Societies: Moot Court Board
- UCLA (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1970)
- State Bar of California
- U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. District Courts of all federal districts within the State of California, and the courts of the State of California
- Representation of Chapter 7 Trustee Howard Grobstein; successful in reopening bankruptcy case and vacating dismissal in order to allow the Trustee to administer assets for the benefit of all creditors.
- Represented David Seror, Chapter 7 Trustee, in bankruptcy related claims against a major financial institution in a matter involving an estate’s interest in real property. Through mediation, Richard and Michael, with the guidance of the trustee, settled the matter for $75,000 after the financial institution’s initial $15,000 offer.
- Represented appellant in litigation concerning deferred compensation rights in a bankruptcy context in In re Downey Regional Medical Center- Hospital Inc/Korneff v Downey Regional Medical Center-Hospital Inc, 441 BR 120 (9th Cir BAP, 2010).
- Defense of clients sued by trustees seeking to recover sums transferred in the alleged course of Ponzi schemes.
- Represented the chapter 7 trustee, who sought unsuccessfully to avoid a transfer to a retirement vehicle, in In re Stern/Gill v Stern, 345 F.3d 1036 (9th Cir,2003) cert. den. 541 U.S. 936 (2004).
- Represented the prevailing plaintiff concerning the compensation for emotional damages sustained by passengers on hijacked aircraft in Krystal v BOAC, 403 F. Supp. 1322 (CD Cal, 1975), which has since been abrogated by Eastern Airlines, Inc. v Floyd 499 U.S. 530 (1991).
- Judge Pro Tem, State Bar Court of California, adjudicating cases of alleged attorney misconduct
- Volunteer fee dispute arbitrator, Los Angeles County Bar Association
- President, Valley Beth Shalom (1994-1996), and its Board of Directors through the present
- “Best Lawyers in America” (2018-Present)
- Speaker, Valley Beth Shalom “Hazak” Program (Oct. 2015)