Jonathan E. Richman


Jonathan Richman is a partner in the Litigation Department and is a co-chair of the Securities, M&A and Corporate Governance Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Richman has broad experience in a range of civil litigation matters, including securities litigation and investigations, shareholder derivative litigation, insurance sales-practices suits, antitrust litigation, bankruptcy proceedings, product-liability litigation, and employment and ERISA suits.

Representative Matters

  • Defended various companies in massive 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);
  • 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 a technology company in pursuing options-backdating claims against former officers and directors;
  • Represented insurance company in investigation of executive-compensation issues;
  • 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
  • Board Member, American Friends of Lucerne Festival (2011-2012)
  • Board Member, ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players (2007-2013)
  • President, Board of Trustees, Kinhaven Music School, Weston, Vermont (1997-2001, 2003-2005)
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (1983-2005; Counsel, 1992-2005)
  • Clerk to the Hon. Edward R. Becker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1982-1983

Directory Rankings

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


  • Co-author, “Fraud? Foreign Purchase? Forget It! ‘Foreign-Cubed’ and Other Foreign-Issuer Cases After Morrison,” Rev. of Secs. & Commodities Reg., vol. 44, no. 4 (Feb. 23, 2011).
  • Author, “Supreme Court Clarifies Statute of Limitations in Securities-Fraud Actions,” Derivatives Financial Prods. Rpt., vol. 11, no. 10, at 23 (June 2010).
  • Author, “Transnational Class Actions and Judgment Recognition,” Class Action Litigation Report (June 25, 2010).
  • Co-author, “Pushing the Limits of U.S. Securities Laws: ‘Foreign-Cubed’ (‘F-Cubed’) Cases,” 42 SRLR 10 (March 8, 2010).
  • Co-author, “Assignees Have Discovery Obligations When Asserting Assignors’ Claims,” Journal of Payment Systems Law (June/July 2005).
  • “Punitive Damages: Past, Present and Future,” International Commercial Litigation (July/August 1995).
  • Co-author and editor, Takeovers: Attack and Survival (1987).
  • Co-author, “New Life for State Takeover Statutes?,” New York Law Journal (July 27, 1987).
  • Co-author, “Damages in Defamation Actions,” Damages in Tort Actions (1985).
  • “Facial Adjudication of Disciplinary Provisions in Union Constitutions,” Yale Law Journal (1981).


  • Practising Law Institute: “Handling a Securities Case: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between” (April 2012).
  • Institutional Investor Educational Foundation: Corporate Governance Roundtable Forum (December 2011).
  • Institutional Investor Educational Foundation Amsterdam Roundtable: “The Netherlands and the Future of European Securities Litigation” (September 2011).
  • Summer Institute on Law & Government, American Univ. Washington College of Law: “Securities Class Actions – An Update” (June 2010).
  • ABA Section on Litigation Annual Conference: “Global Class Actions: Lasting Peace or Ticking Time Bombs?” (April 2010).


  • 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 and Eastern Districts of New York