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Nossaman LLP

Patrick J. Richard


T 415.438.7278
F 415.398.2438
50 California Street, 34th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Patrick Richard has nearly three decades of experience as a commercial trial lawyer. Mr. Richard has significant trial experience, successfully representing publicly traded companies, individuals, and government agencies as both defendants and plaintiffs. He has been lead counsel in numerous civil complex jury trials ranging from 2 to 12 weeks, with successful outcomes in every one of these proceedings. Mr. Richard has won precedent setting jury verdicts and has agreeably negotiated high value settlements.

Mr. Richard's clients seek his services on a broad range of commercial disputes - from complex business transactions and corporate governance to breach of fiduciary duties and business tort actions – based on his experienced judgment and the quality of his attorney client relationships.  He has also worked on a number of government investigations, and recently tried to successful verdict cases involving claims under the FCPA and FIRREA. He has extensive experience with trial technology, ESI, and a variety of alternative fee arrangements, all tailored to meet the needs of his clients.

In 2014, Mr. Richard received the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (“CLAY”) Award for Litigation, and was awarded Law360’s “MVP” Award in 2013.  He has chaired Nossaman's Litigation and Financial Services Practice Groups and his professional excellence has earned him "Super Lawyer" status in Northern California in 2005 and 2009 - 2017.

Representative Work

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. v. Van Dellen et al. (United States District Court, Central District of California 2012)  Trial counsel for the FDIC in a month-long professional liability trial arising out of the failure of IndyMac Bank. The claims of negligence and breaches of fiduciary duty against former officers of the Bank centered on loan approvals related to large real estate developer loans. The 9-person jury returned a unanimous verdict on all claims, awarding damages of nearly $169 million. The National Law Journal ranked the verdict as number 13 in its annual national "Top Verdicts" list. The verdict was also recognized by the Daily Journal in 2012 as having the most significant impact of any plaintiff's verdict in California and for being the second largest dollar verdict in the state.

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Sabhlok et al.  Defended as lead trial counsel controller of publicly traded company (NASD: EMBT) in action by SEC over claimed stock options backdating and resulting false SEC filings. Obtained defense verdict outcomes on all securities fraud claims after 3 week federal jury trial.

Amtower v. Photon Dynamics, Inc. et al.  Successfully represented Photon Dynamics, Inc. in a 5-week jury trial. Plaintiff alleged federal and state law claims of securities fraud arising out of a stock-for-stock merger agreement and registration statement, claiming that the acquiring company misrepresented that shares would be freely transferable post merger. Plaintiff alleged that aspects of the acquiring company's insider trading policy breached the duties of good faith and candor. The jury returned verdicts for all defendants on all causes of action.

Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics v. Hughes Network Systems.  Served as lead plaintiff's counsel in breach of contract claims involving Hughes' Spaceway Program, a $3.5 billion satellite communications system. The jury returned a 12-0 verdict in favor of our client, awarding damages for breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

CG Media Design, Inc. v. Sabini.  Served as lead counsel for defendant and cross-complainant in partnership and corporate governance dispute.  Successfully negotiated favorable settlement before trial.

DiPirro v. Bondo Corporation.  Successfully served as lead trial counsel on a case of first impression, representing a manufacturer of automotive touch-up paint accused of violating Proposition 65. Won a defense verdict in trial court, subsequently affirmed by the Court of Appeal. The determination that no product warning was warranted based on the "average consumer" standard resulted in the first published appeal following a trial decision on Proposition 65.

FDIC v. Lent et al.  Represented FDIC as lead counsel in corporate governance and accounting fraud dispute stemming from a $300 million bank failure following an internet issuance of credit cards.  Negotiated successful settlements after the bank was placed into receivership. 

A.Y. International, Inc. v. Adelman, et al.  Represented a defendant and cross-complainant in trade secret and corporate control dispute.  Successfully negotiated favorable settlement before trial.

International Paper v. Affiliated FM.  Served as plaintiff's co-counsel on an insurance recovery action arising from the failure of 22 insurance carriers to defend and indemnify International Paper for damages paid in settlement of a national class action lawsuit involving hardboard siding. A San Francisco jury returned a verdict of $383 million in favor of the client.

In re Valley Land Investors I, L.P.  Assisted the secured lender to recover a $17.5 million claim in a Sacramento-based real property development chapter 11 case.

Ortner v. Thorn Served as lead counsel for defendant attorneys in jury trial on breach of fiduciary duty claim, resulting in defense verdict and recovery on cross-complaint.

Selma Medical v. Gullian.  Served as lead trial counsel for the developer, Selma Medical Center, in successful American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitration hearing and court enforcement arising out of real estate development under the Subdivision Map Act.

Orozco v. Conrad. Successfully represented Ms. Orozco, who ran a Mexican restaurant and was fraudulently coerced into signing a lease with her new landlord.  She ended up suing for a variety of torts in connection with an unpleasant lock-out and actions by the landlord to retain her fixtures, furniture, and equipment. The jury made findings of fraud and returned a verdict of over $2.1 million in punitive damages after a one-month trial.

Awards & Honors

Named to The National Law Journal's list of "Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers" in 2014

Recipient of 2014 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year ("Clay") Award

2014 CLAY Award logo

Named a Law360 MVP for Banking, 2013

Selected to the Super Lawyers list for 2005, 2009-2017

Patrick J. Richard
Patrick J. Richard



J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1987, cum laude

B.A., Santa Clara University, 1983, cum laude, highest honors



All California State and Federal Courts

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Professional Affiliations

San Francisco Bank Attorney Association

San Francisco Bar Association, Legal Ethics

California State Bar Association, Litigation & Appellate subsections

American Bar Association, Litigation section

Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter

Society for Corporate Governance

Bay Area Council 

Awards & Honors

Named to The National Law Journal's list of "Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers" in 2014

Recipient of 2014 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year ("Clay") Award

2014 CLAY Award logo

Named a Law360 MVP for Banking, 2013

Selected to the Super Lawyers list for 2005, 2009-2017

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