RICHARD F. LAWLER

JAMES A. FULTON PHOTO
Practice Areas
Civil Litigation,Business Litigation,White Collar Criminal Defense
Partner, Greenwich, CT
203-862-2301
rlawler@wbamct.com
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Dick is a litigator with over 35 years of experience, including 4 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in New York and the last 30 years as a commercial litigator in Connecticut and New York. Dick has tried dozens of cases to verdict, both jury and non jury, including complex commercial and white collar criminal trials, and has participated in numerous arbitrations and mediations. He has also argued appeals before various state and federal appellate courts. Dick has conducted internal investigations and has defended both individuals and corporations involved in investigations throughout the United States and abroad by administrative and regulatory authorities, such as the SEC, CFTC, FINRA, the Federal Reserve and various criminal investigations by the Dept. of Justice, U.S. Attorneys’ offices and state prosecutors. For example, Dick has recently represented individuals and institutions in investigations involving libor manipulation, high frequency trading, insider trading and tax fraud. Locally he has represented companies, individuals and home owners associations in state and federal litigation involving contract and employment related disputes, corporate governance issues, fiduciary obligations, and various commercial tort claims.

Dick was a Fulbright Scholar and Navy officer and started his legal career in Connecticut. After service as a federal prosecutor in the U. S. Attorney’s Office in New York, he joined the firm which eventually became Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan, splitting his time between their New York and Connecticut offices. After many years with Winston & Strawn (WBAM’s successor firm in New York) Dick has returned to WBAM in Connecticut.

Community Activities
  • Yale Alumni Fund - Co-Chairman – Class Agents
  • Greenwich Field Club (Former President)
  • Federal Bar Council
Education
Columbia Law School of Law, J.D., 1973
Yale University, B.A. 1967
Fulbright Scholar, 1967 - 1968
Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
New York
 
U.S. Supreme Court
 
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
 
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
 
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut.
 
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.
 
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York.
 
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama.