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Richard D. Weinberg has substantial expertise and experience in representing individuals and corporations in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States Department of Justice, and state regulatory agencies, and in conducting corporate internal investigations.
He represents clients in highly sensitive and complex civil litigation and regulatory enforcement matters such as those involving allegations of improper trading, misleading or incomplete disclosure, market manipulation, accounting fraud, FCPA violations, and other forms of financial fraud. He also represents individual and corporate clients in parallel investigations conducted by both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Department of Justice.
Named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations and Securities: Regulation: Enforcement, Rick has been described as a “really excellent lawyer and the most calming person on the planet.” He is recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Securities Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense. Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys recognized Rick as a “Litigation Star” in the area of White-Collar Crime/Enforcement/Investigations. He has been recognized in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar by Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers has recognized Rick as a leading business crime defense lawyer and described him as “smart, intelligent and thoughtful.” Rick has also been recognized in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers.
Rick rejoined Morvillo Abramowitz as a partner in 2006. He had been a partner at Morvillo Abramowitz during most of the 1990s and left the firm in July 2000 to take a position as Assistant General Counsel and First Vice President of Merrill Lynch.
He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Harold R. Medina of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After his clerkship, he served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor in the Watergate Special Prosecution Force and later as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York where he served as Chief Appellate Attorney.