A. Richard Ross

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A. Richard Ross is a firm partner and member of the Litigation and Corporate Departments. He has more than 30 years of experience in civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Over the years, Mr. Ross has represented clients in securities litigation, complex commercial litigation, business and personal injury torts, legal malpractice defense, commercial and residential foreclosures, bank regulation and governance, and international litigation and transactions. He has extensive experience in equitable matters.  At the request of the courts, Mr. Ross has served as equitable receiver, and has counseled special fiscal agents and provisional directors in corporate shareholder disputes. For example, Mr. Ross served as co-lead counsel in Treasurer of New Jersey v. AOL-Time Warner, Inc. securities litigation.

 

Building on his years as counsel to lending institutions, and as lead counsel in federal equitable receivership's and representing bankruptcy trustees, Mr. Ross developed expertise in recovery of assets, including those placed in offshore asset protection trusts. He was lead counsel to the federal receiver in Securities and Exchange Commission vs. Eddie Antar, and recovered the most funds, at the time, ever realized in a contested SEC enforcement action. He also served in similar roles in Federal Trade Commission v. Oak Tree Numismatics and In the Matter of Robert E. Brennan bankruptcy case. Mr. Ross also served as lead attorney in the claims distribution portion of Allapattah Services Inc. v. Exxon and as lead counsel to the receiver and the party in charge of distributions to victims in Attorney General of New Jersey v. Clover Management Group. He has experience in the courts of Canada, England, France, Gibraltar, Israel, Liechtenstein and Nevis.

 

Mr. Ross also has provided representation to a variety of companies in a wide range of transactions including joint ventures for chemical manufacturing and distribution in India, Mexico, and Zimbabwe, technology sharing and transfer agreements with leading United States military contractors, and automotive parts manufacturers in the United States, Germany and Sweden. He has represented domestic companies in their businesses in China, Germany, Hungary and Japan.

 

A member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Professional Ethics Committee, Mr. Ross provides pro bono services to investigate and decide grievances against attorneys. He also is a member of various American and New Jersey Bar Association committees in his areas of practice.

 

Mr. Ross graduated with a B.A. from Reed College, attended Trinity College, Oxford University, and was awarded a J.D. from New York Law School. He also graduated from Princeton Day School. Mr. Ross served as Staff Attorney in the Office of the President, New Jersey Civil Service Commission, and the Office of Legal Counsel to the New Jersey Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, where he served as ex-office member of the Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice. He appeared in a number of reported decisions, including SEC v. Antar, 831 F. Supp. 380 (D.N.J. 1993), judgment aff'd 54 F. 3d 770 (3d Cir. 1995); In re National Smelting of New Jersey Inc. Bondholders Litigation, 722 F. Supp 152 (D.N.J. 1989); Reinfeld Inc. v. Schieffelin & Co., 94 N.J. 400 (1984). Mr. Ross has been selected to New Jersey Super Lawyers over the years.

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  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

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