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Smart & Impactful Lawyering-Our Firm's History of Results and Commitment

We are proud of our history of successfully standing up for the rights of our clients and even of the rights of attorneys who represent the "little guy." Our precedent setting cases have been cited hundreds of times by courts in protection of the substantive and procedural rights we’ve asserted. We bring the same zeal to every case and every assignment. Many of our cases have been featured in national media, law journals and professional journals. Here are a few samples of cases where we successfully represented plaintiffs at trial and/or appeal:

Rivera v. Lutheran Medical Center

 Article from New York Law Journal – LAW.COM, October 28, 2008, NYLJ, p.1., 

"Morgan Lewis Disqualified From Representing Non-Party Hospital Witnesses in Litigation," 

“PLAINTIFF MOVED to disqualify defendants' law firm, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, from representing defendants and former and current Lutheran Medical Center [LMC] employees who LMC identified as witnesses in plaintiff's suit. He argued the firm violated the Code of Professional Responsibility in offering to represent, free of charge, the employees, who are non-party witnesses in the case. The court found the subject witnesses were not parties to the litigation and there was no chance they would be subject to any liability. It stated they were solicited by Morgan Lewis to gain tactical advantage in the litigation by insulating them from any informal contact with plaintiff's counsel. The Court ruled this conduct was particularly egregious as Morgan Lewis effectively “did an end run around the laudable policy consideration of promoting the importance of informal Discovery practices in litigation,” by violating the Code. Thus, plaintiff's motion to disqualify the firm from representing the subject witnesses was granted.” 

[Note: based on Rivera v. Lutheran Medical Center, 22 Misc.3d 178 (Sup. Ct., Kings Cty. 2008) affd. 73 A.D.3d 891 (2d Dept 2010) also denied defendants’ motion to dismiss disability and retaliation claims of employee under NYCHRL.

Loeffler v. Staten Island Univ. Hosp., 582 F. 3d 268 (2d Cir. 2009); Second Circuit

reversed District Court’s dismissal of negligence and civil rights actions under federal and NY state and city laws for damages by deaf patient, deaf wife and hearing children where parents were denied rights to sign language interpreters and hospital compelled hearing minor children to interpret for deaf parents, including following deaf father’s stroke. 

See also, analysis of Loeffler case jurisprudence in Univ. Of Chicago Law Review article, “Revitalizing the Law That Preceded the Movement: Associational Discrimination and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,” Chamusco B., 84 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1285 (2017) 

●  Delano-Pyle v. Victoria County, Texas, 302 F.3d 567 (5th Cir. 2002) US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld federal jury verdict in US District Court, Southern Distrit of Texas, finding wrongful arrest and imprisonment in violation of plaintiff’s rights by Victoria County Sheriff who administered oral field sobriety test to deaf driver allegedly suspected of intoxication. 

●  Morsette v. Final Call, 278 A.D.2d 81 (1st Dep't 2000) denial of defendants’

summary judgment motion in libel action determining that altering plaintiff’s photo to depict her in prison garb by Nation of Islam official newspaper, was question of fact for jury. $1.3 million verdict later decided in Plaintiff’s favor, modified by A.D.

●  Owens v. Comcast Corp., (2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23498, E.D.Pa. 2004) denial of summary judgment in employee news reporter’s retaliation claim against employer.

●  Velez v. QVC, Inc., 227 F.Supp.2d 384 (E.D.Pa. 2002) denial of summary judgment to television network in claim by minority show hosts for discriminatory termination and failure to promote for network’s failure to provide prime time television appearance opportunities to minority sales hosts.

●  Green v. Tyson, (Sup. Ct., NY Cty., Ind. 16850/1989), [Youtube] successful assault and battery suit & trial on behalf of world ranked contender Mitch "Blood" Green against former heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson arising from street fight that related back to dispute regarding their prior professional boxing contest, a decision in Tyson's favor at Madison Square Garden.

Experienced Lawyering In Your Corner

Litigation That Moves the Mark

For over 30 years, Attorney Rich’s litigation history has been one of of proven toughness with a vast experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts nationwide. His litigation experience includes all stages of case work beginning with case intake through pleading, discovery, pretrial, trial and appeal, including appellate argument. Rich has successfully argued appeals that have been favorably cited in  hundreds of judicial opinions, law journals and professional journals. Rich’s extensive litigation background includes torts, civil rights, discrimination, employment, medical malpractice and securities actions, as well as criminal matters.

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Transactional/Regulatory Legal Experience

Rich has extensive transactional and regulatory background and can help you in a variety of non-litigation matters. As an employment attorney, Rich has drafted employment agreements and has represented both employees and employers. As a former partner of the late Donald C. Farber, a leader in the entertainment law field, Rich had the unique opportunity to assist in the editing of the multi-volume “Matthew Bender Entertainment Industry Contracts,” an industry leading treatise in the field. Rich regularly collaborated with leading entertainment attorneys to produce chapters in the areas of agreements for TV, film, theatre, publishing, art, digital, multimedia and other areas. Clients included both talent and producers/industry and ranged in variety from individuals such as Kurt Vonnegut to entities such as the Shakespeare Festival of Canada and other producers.