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Richard A. Kirby

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Richard A. Kirby is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Baker McKenzie, Washington, DC. Richard litigates complex corporate, securities, bankruptcy and administrative law issues. Richard also represents clients in SEC, Justice Department, state and self-regulatory organization law enforcement investigations and in parallel private securities fraud and derivative actions. He has participated on behalf of clients in most of the major recent broker-dealer liquidations under the Securities Investor Protection Act, including Lehman Bros., and Bernard L. Madoff Investments Securities, LLC. He specializes in representing victims of Ponzi schemes.

Richard previously served in the Office of the General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC where he briefed and argued more than 50 major securities cases on all aspects of the federal securities laws. At the SEC he concentrated on issues involving SEC law enforcement efforts to obtain ancillary equitable relief through receiverships and disgorgement. In addition, he oversaw all SEC participation in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.

Practice Focus

Richard concentrates his practice in resolving complex corporate, securities, commercial, bankruptcy and administrative law issues through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and litigation. With over two decades of experience, Richard has represented persons in SEC, Justice Department state and self-regulatory organization enforcement investigations. He also represents defendants in parallel private securities fraud and derivative actions. He has also participated on behalf of clients in most of the major recent broker-dealer liquidations under the Securities Investor Protection Act.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (J.D.) (1974)
  • Lehigh University (B.S.) (1971)

Languages

  • English