Richard serves “Of Counsel” to Malakoff & Brady, P.C., and his professional associations with firm attorneys date back to 1977. Since that time, Richard has been primarily engaged in class action litigation in state and federal courts. He is also active in bankruptcy courts, where he has brought class proofs of claim and class adversary actions, and where he has on numerous occasions been appointed to represent bankruptcy trustees to recover estate assets. He also represents individuals in disputes involving investments.
Richard has represented Pennsylvania school districts and, with co-counsel, recovered most of the $70 million of bond money lost to a Ponzi scheme. His efforts in that matter included an individual action, six class action filings, two involuntary bankruptcy petitions, three appeals, and, as special counsel to the bankruptcy trustees. These cases brought about 35 adversary actions and other proceedings resulting in recoveries from some 45 separate entities. See, e.g., Bald Eagle Area School District v. Mid-State Bank, No. 98-GN-516, 1999 WL 335059 (Blair Cty, PA Court of Common Pleas) (class certification opinion). Since then, Richard has on multiple occasions represented Pennsylvania school districts in other litigation relating to financial losses.
Richard formerly clerked for Judge William W. Knox of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (1973-1976), and thereafter, for Hon. Gerald J. Weber of the same court (1976-1977). He is a member of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Allegheny Bar Association.
Richard has the highest rating (AV) in the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.
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