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Richard Spehr is the Managing Partner of Mayer Brown's New York office. Named one of New York's Super Lawyers, Rich is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including federal and state securities laws, internal investigations, SEC investigations, international arbitration (ICC, CEDR, LCIA, UNCITRAL), derivatives, banking, and financial services. Rich’s clients include Ally Financial, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, GSK, BMW, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Recent notable representations include: RMBS litigation (Ally / HSBC), international arbitration (Schering-Plough, BMS); lender liability (HSBC); commodities trading (Lehman Brothers); foreign exchange trading (Bank of America, CMC Group); securities litigation (TV Azteca, Procom, Inc., Collins & Aikman, ING Securities, Inc., Twinlab Corporation, and numerous issuers in the IPO laddering/allocation cases); federal and state consumer protection (BMW); derivatives (BMO); CBO-securitization (Bank of America); fraudulent conveyence (Bank of America); litigation diligence (CS First Boston); real estate work out (Morgan Stanley); unfair trade practices (Hampshire Equity Partners); mergers and acquisitions (CIBC); securities arbitration (CIBC); and numerous SEC and New York AG investigations on behalf of issuers, directors, and officers. Rich joined Mayer Brown in 1994. Previously, he was associated with another prominent law firm in New York.


State University of New York at Binghamton, BA 1983 St. John's University School of Law, JD 1986 Editor, St. John's Law Review Dean's List; St. Thomas More Scholar

United States: Dispute resolution

General commercial disputes

Within: General commercial disputes

Mayer Brown benefits from an extensive office network domestically and abroad, and many of its litigators combine broad commercial disputes experience with specialisms in particular fields. For example, the California-based litigation group excels in technology-related litigation and is often sought out by leading tech companies. From the New York office, Matthew Ingber has been representing BNY Mellon in RMBS litigation; recently, his work has included obtaining a complete victory after a four-week bench trial in Hamilton County, Ohio. Washington DC-based Reginald Goeke and Bronwyn Pollock in Los Angeles co-head the team, which also includes experienced trial and arbitration lawyer Richard Spehr in New York and Archis Parasharami in Washington DC, who has a strong class action and appellate practice. Lori Lightfoot left the firm to run for Mayor of Chicago.

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Securities litigation - defense

Within: Securities litigation - defense

Mayer Brown has 'a very strong practice across the board' and one client remarks that 'its litigation practice is first rate but reasonable in terms of cost'. The firm combines compliance, investigation, enforcement, litigation and appellate capabilities, and is frequently called upon by leading financial institutions. Joseph De Simone in New York and, in Washington DC, Richard Rosenfeld and Matthew Rossi are the lead partners. In New York, Matthew Ingber and Christopher Houpt acted for Bank of New York Mellon in litigation relating to its role as trustee of residential mortgage-backed securities, in which issues around the distribution of the $8.5bn settlement remain to be resolved. De Simone, Ingber and Richard Spehr handled securities and derivative actions for Frontier Communications that allege improprieties by its directors and officers. Steven Wolowitz, who handled high-stakes class actions for Société Générale, including In Re Libor-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation and Sonterra v UBS AG, et al, is also recommended.

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