Photo of Richard Zelichov Richard Zelichov

Partner, DLA Piper

Richard Zelichov is a partner in the corporate and securities litigation group at DLA Piper.  He has 25 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation matters with a focus on defending public companies and their directors and officers in securities class action and derivative litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the US. He also advises on matters before the SEC, conducts internal investigations, and provides corporate governance, disclosure, and other advice to public companies and their boards with the goal of avoiding litigation or improving the chances of succeeding in litigation that does arise.

Richard has deep experience defending companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, although he has also represented companies in wide variety of other industries. He has handled lawsuits arising from accounting restatements, failure to meet public projections, product recalls, executive compensation, option grants, and mergers and acquisitions.

He quickly and efficiently digs in to learn the details of a client’s business and the issues that it is facing. This approach allows him to formulate creative arguments unique to a client’s specific case. It also enables him to present the decisions/disclosures under attack to courts, regulators, and others in a manner that is clear and understandable such that they do not jump to the conclusion – pushed by plaintiff’s lawyers and others – that bad news means that somebody lied or did something wrong.

Additionally, Richard writes and speaks extensively on topics related to securities law.

Richard is ranked in Chambers USA, Litigation: Securities.  He has also been recognized in the field of securities litigation by Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500 United States.  Richard graduated from Yale University, cum laude with Distinction in Economics, and from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  After law school, he clerked for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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