Richard D Weinberg has substantial expertise and experience in representing individuals and corporations in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), 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 SEC and the DOJ.
Named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of litigation: white collar crime and 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 defence. Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys recognised Rick as a “litigation star” in the area of white-collar crime/enforcement/investigations. He has been recognised in the area of criminal defence: white-collar by Best Lawyers in America. In addition, WWL has recognised Rick as a leading business crime defence lawyer and described him as “smart, intelligent and thoughtful”. Rick has also been recognised 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 US 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 US attorney for the Southern District of New York where he served as chief appellate attorney.
Richard was educated at Columbia University Law School (JD; editor, Columbia Law Review) and Cornell University (BS).