Richard Batchelder, Jr. > Ropes & Gray LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Ropes & Gray LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States

Work Department

Richard has advised Ropes & Gray clients for nearly 30 years in a wide range of high stakes litigation matters before courts throughout the country. In recent years, Richard has handled a number of significant contractual and indemnification disputes for life sciences and health care clients of the firm.


He has advised many of the firm’s private equity clients and their portfolio companies in numerous capacities, such as analyzing litigation risk in proposed transactions, representing them in court post-acquisition, and in bankruptcy-related litigation. In addition, Richard actively participates in the data, privacy & cybersecurity group, helping clients respond to incidents and defending them in any related proceedings. Richard’s experience in this area includes defending TJX and Target in class action lawsuits brought by financial institutions in the wake of two of the largest data breaches in U.S. history.


Richard served as the firm’s hiring partner from 2011 to 2016, and was a member of the firm’s diversity committee. Richard is active in pro bono matters at the firm, including submitting amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in Barber v. Bryant, on behalf of GLAD and NCLR, Gloucester County Sch. Bd. v. G.G. on behalf of The Equality Foundation, Fisher v. University of Texas on behalf of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and assisting in the successful appeal before the 11th Circuit in an important free speech case involving a physician’s right to discuss gun safety with their patients (Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida). Richard serves on several charitable boards, including Greater Boston Legal Services. He joined Ropes & Gray in 1991 following a federal court clerkship in Boston, and became a partner in 1999.


  • JD, cum laude , Cornell Law School, 1990; Senior Editor, Cornell Law Review
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984