Richard Spohn Returns to the U.S. and to Nossaman

11.12.2002
Nossaman News Release

SAN FRANCISCO (November 12, 2002) - Richard Spohn returns to San Francisco to work as Of Counsel at Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP and serve as a university professor and the Director of the newly founded Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco. Richard spent the last two years in Guatemala working at the Universidad Rafael Landívar, where he developed and managed the "Proyecto Laboral," a program of dialogue and conflict-resolution training that involved that country's top management and labor leaders.

"We are very excited that Richard has decided to return to Nossaman. He was and will continue to be a strong presence at the firm," said Scott DeVries, Nossaman's Firmwide Managing Partner. He continued, "serving as the Director of the Center for Public Service and the Common Good at USF is ideal for Richard, who has a lifelong commitment to public service. "

Richard specializes in healthcare, administrative and legislative law. Upon retuning to Nossaman, he will continue consulting on issues relating to healthcare law and doing business in Central America. Richard has long been considered one of the State's top authorities among private attorneys on laws relating to Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and other managed healthcare delivery mechanisms. He has experience with contracts, acquisitions, licensing and lobbying on behalf of his healthcare clients. He earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School and received an M.A. in sociology and a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University. Before joining Nossaman, he was the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

"I am delighted to be back practicing with my colleagues at Nossaman. The firm's sophisticated practice across all three branches of government, its commitment to excellence and premium service for our esteemed clients, together with its remarkably congenial and collaborative culture, make it a terrific place to come home to," Spohn exclaimed.

Richard's work with the Proyecto in Guatema la represented the first structured dialogue between top management and labor leaders. The program has since become institutionalized as a twice-monthly event, and has trained more than 200 labor and management representatives in non-confrontational, inquiry/interest-based conflict-resolution techniques. Richard drew from his experiences and authored a comprehensive work entitled, "Hard Work: Labor Relations in Contemporary Guatemala," which will be published in late 2002 in both English and Spanish.

"We brought together the leaders of the business and labor communities in Guatemala for a first-time ever sit-down dialogue," he said. "It was really an historic breakthrough. In a culture that is as confrontational as Guatemala's, this was a radical change."

As Director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, he will focus on preparing students to be effective, ethical leaders in public service. In addition to working as the center's Director, Richard will teach a public admin istration course in the spring, and a class at the law school in the fall.

Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, a California-based law firm, specializes in complex civil litigation, infrastructure, land use, environmental and real estate, healthcare, corporate transactions and public policy law. The firm represents a variety of public and private sector clients with interests ranging from aerospace and transportation to real estate development and water. Founded in 1959, Nossaman has more than 120 attorneys and lobbyists throughout offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Irvine.  

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