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A. Richard Feldman

Richard Feldman has been a practicing commercial litigator for more than 30 years. His practice, while wide-ranging, focuses on complex litigation, appellate litigation, class action defense, and litigating disputes involving companies in the insurance, financial services, travel, and telecommunications industries, as well as school districts.

Mr. Feldman has had extensive experience in representing plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving – in no special order – contract disputes, insurance disputes, education law, fraud, trade secrets, labor and employment matters, secured lending litigation, anti-discrimination law, real estate matters, securities law, business torts, breach of warranty, disability law, RICO, and ERISA litigation.

Representative cases:

Mr. Feldman's relevant recent experience includes:

•Currently representing an organization of Pennsylvania insurers in a Texas insurance liquidation proceeding in which we persuaded the Receiver and the court to approve the organization’s 8-figure claim;

•Currently defending a mental health patient in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in an effort to protect her mental health records;

•Currently representing a food processing company in a recall situation;

•Representing a retired corporate executive in a claim for mismanagement of his split-dollar life insurance agreement;

•Successfully defended a California celebrity in a 2017 suit alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, by removing to federal court, prevailing on plaintiff's motion to remand, and persuading the court to grant our motion to dismiss;

•Successfully defended post-trial motions involving a $16 million federal court verdict in 2017;

•Represented a large urban school district in its appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2016-2017, and various other matters beginning in 2011;

•Settling a hard-fought class action against a non-profit organization on terms favorable to the client in 2015;

•Winning an appeal on behalf of a national insurer and third party administrator in the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2013 in a major workers’ compensation case;

•Successfully defending a national telecommunications company in a 2013 suit over an appraisal award involving a $20 million dollar parcel in Center City Philadelphia;

•Successfully defending on appeal a judgment in favor of a small pharmaceutical company against a multinational pharma company in 2013 in a New Jersey case involving an alleged failure to bargain in good faith pursuant to a letter of intent;

•Defeating a class action against a large membership organization on a motion to dismiss, and gaining affirmance on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 2013;

•Representing a major bank in an unfair competition litigation involving the mortgage origination industry that concluded in 2012;

•Winning a unanimous Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in 2011, overturning a jury verdict based upon an issue of first impression – that truthful statements cannot form the basis for tortious interference with contractual relations;

•Representing individuals and employers in employment disputes, and providing legal advice on various issues;

•Winning summary judgment and affirmance on appeal in New Jersey in a multi-million dollar contract dispute between insurance brokers;

•Representing a top telecommunications company in a dispute with the State of Delaware over unclaimed property;

•Representing an automobile club in a variety of matters, including several class actions as well as individual contract disputes;

•Representing an insurance entity in appellate and other matters; and

•Defending numerous class actions on behalf of insurers, retailers, real estate developers and others.

Professional affiliations:

Mr. Feldman has been a lecturer in the Temple University Law School LLM in Trial Advocacy Program, and a NITA faculty member.

He is a former president and member of the Board of Directors of CADEkids, a local charity dedicated to teaching elementary school children to learn how to avoid drug use, violence and other destructive behaviors.

Bar/Court admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Education:

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.) Summa Cum Laude,
    Order of the Coif,
    Law Review: Executive Editor
  • Harvard University (B.A.) Cum Laude

    Mr. Feldman is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. summa cum laude), where he was an Executive Editor of the Law Review and Member of the Order of the Coif. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Awards and publications:

IMr. Feldman has been included on the list of Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since 2004, when that program began.

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