Rick Richmond

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Rick Richmond is an acclaimed commercial litigator who has tried over 30 cases to verdict and argued nearly 20 appeals. Throughout his career spanning more than three decades, Rick has litigated scores of complex and cutting-edge disputes in federal and state courts, federal and local administrative proceedings, and private arbitrations.

Rick represents clients in a range of commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, fraud, and class actions. He also counsels clients with respect to compliance issues in an increasingly complex legal environment. Based on his successful representations of clients before numerous arbitration panels, Rick is listed as a commercial arbitrator of the American Arbitration Association.

In addition to a host of complex commercial, class action, and government-related cases, Rick has represented his clients’ interests in trade secrets and other high-stakes intellectual property matters, including misappropriation of trade secrets and other forms of infringement. Among his many trial victories, Rick won a $940 million verdict—one of the largest trade secret verdicts in U.S. history—in Epic Systems Corp. v. Tata Consultancy Services.

Prior to joining Larson LLP, Rick was a partner at Jenner & Block, where he founded the Los Angeles office and served as its managing partner. He began his career as an appellate lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division and then spent two decades practicing at an Am Law 100 firm. Rick dedicates part of his practice to pro bono work and has represented clients ranging from non-profit organizations to defendants on trial for murder. He is also an active member of several legal and local organizations, including the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and The Chancery Club of Los Angeles.

Representative Matters

Significant Prior Representations:

  • As lead trial counsel in Epic Systems Corp. v. Tata Consultancy Services, won a $940 million jury verdict based on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, fraud, and violations of state and federal law involving confidential information about the client’s leading healthcare software—what is believed to be the largest verdict in Wisconsin history and one of the largest trade secret verdicts in U.S. history.
  • Won a defense verdict as lead trial counsel in a two-week jury trial in California state court in a $250 million breach of partnership case.
  • As lead trial counsel, defended an air cargo transporter in a three-week jury trial in California federal court against the plaintiff’s $200 million fraud and breach of contract claims.
  • Won a defense judgment as lead trial counsel for a Netherlands-based international legal publisher in a two-week bench trial in California federal court involving allegations of $40 million trademark infringement and breach of contract claims.
  • Defended Dietrich Canterberry pro bono as lead trial counsel in a widely publicized murder case in which the prosecution sought a first-degree murder conviction with 24 years to life, but the jury returned a verdict of involuntary manslaughter and the judge imposed a four-year sentence.
  • Successfully represented three California non-profit housing groups pro bono in a dispute over a $331 million special fund, negotiated by then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, that was intended to help financially distressed homeowners but was ultimately diverted by the governor to address a general budget shortfall.

Activities

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "Trade Secret Protection and Litigation," Association of Corporate Counsel Connecticut Chapter (February 22, 2017)
  • Panelist, "The Power of Influence Which Come From a Law Degree," 2015 Women in Law Regional Conference (2015)
  • Panelist, "Global Trends in Arbitration & Mediation," Minority Corporate Counsel Association (2014)

Publications

  • Co-Author, "Protecting Trade Secrets in Government Contracting," Government Contracting Law Report (March 2018)
  • Co-Author, "Hiring Lateral Employees? Consider How to Mitigate the Risk of Trade Secret Litigation," Employee Relations Law Journal (Autumn 2017)
  • Co-Author, "Keeping Your Trade Secrets Secret," Employee Relations Law Journal (Autumn 2017)
  • Co-Author, "What Do You Do When an Employee With Access to Your Company’s Trade Secrets Leaves to Work for a Competitor?," Employee Relations Law Journal (Autumn 2017)
  • The Legal 500, "Intellectual Property – Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters)" (2017-2021) and "General Commercial Disputes" (2020)
  • The National Law Journal, "Intellectual Property Trailblazers" (2017)
  • The National Law Journal, "Winning Litigator" (2017)
  • The American Lawyer, "Litigator of the Week" (2016)
  • Law360, "Technology MVPs" (2016)
  • Law360, "Legal Lion"
  • BTI Consulting, "Client Service All-Star" (2017-2018)
  • Verdict Search, "Top 100 Verdicts of 2016 (#5)" (2016)
  • Daily Journal, "California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award" (2017 and 2019)
  • Daily Journal, "Top 100 Lawyers in California" (2015-2017)
  • Daily Journal, "Top IP Lawyers" (2017)
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, "Leaders in Law" (2018)
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, "Top Litigators & Trial Lawyers" (2019)
Firm Publication

Q&A with new partner Rick Richmond

After spending over three decades in Am Law 100 firms, commercial litigator and trial lawyer Rick Richmond joined Larson LLP in the summer of 2021 with a new career goal, which he shares in this Q&A.

Daily Journal

Firm wins summary judgment for LDS Church

On Sept. 14, 2021, a federal judge granted the summary judgment motion for Larson LLP's client, The Church of Latter-day Saints, dismissing a lawsuit filed by an ex-member alleging that the Church misused tithing funds.

Southern California Record

LDS Church fires back on tithing lawsuit

Partner Rick Richmond is quoted in defense of Larson LLP's client, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in an article on Aug. 31, 2021, covering an ex-member's fraud lawsuit alleging the Church's misuse of tithing funds.

FOX 13 Salt Lake City | The Salt Lake Tribune

LDS Church moves to dismiss Huntsman's lawsuit

Salt Lake City media covered The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' move to dismiss a fraud lawsuit on Aug. 9, 2021, in a motion for summary judgment filing by partner Rick Richmond and the Larson LLP team.

Daily Journal

Firm files summary judgment motion in tithing suit

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, represented by partner Rick Richmond, moved for summary judgment on Aug. 9, 2021, to seek dismissal of a lawsuit brought by an ex-member.

Firm News

Rick Richmond joins the firm as a partner

Larson LLP is pleased to announce that acclaimed commercial litigator and trial lawyer Rick Richmond has joined the firm as a partner.

  • EDUCATION

    George Washington University, J.D., with honors, 1986

    Brigham Young University, B.S., cum laude, 1983

  • CLERKSHIPS

    Hon. Harlington Wood Jr.
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • ADMISSIONS

    California
    Colorado
    District of Columbia (inactive)
    Illinois (inactive)
    Massachusetts (inactive)
    U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    U.S.D.C Central District of California
    U.S.D.C Eastern District of California
    U.S.D.C Northern District of California
    U.S.D.C Southern District of California
    U.S.D.C District of Columbia
    U.S.D.C. District of Arizona
    U.S.D.C. District of Colorado
    U.S.D.C. Northern District of Indiana
    U.S.D.C. Western District of Wisconsin