Schwed, Richard F.

Richard F. Schwed


Richard Schwed is Deputy Practice Group Leader of the firm’s global Litigation Group. Rich has experience in a broad range of investigations and litigations, including antitrust, securities, financial services, and complex commercial matters. He represents clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitrations, and in investigations by governmental and regulatory authorities. Rich has conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials, and has considerable pre-trial and appellate experience. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. J. Edward Lumbard, Jr., Second Circuit Court of Appeals, from 1993 to 1994.

Benchmark Litigation has recognized Rich as a New York Litigation Star.

Selected Experience

  • Credit Suisse in class action lawsuits alleging a conspiracy to manipulate Libor
  • Syngenta in a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging monopolization of markets for genetically modified corn seed
  • Numerous financial services clients in confidential internal investigations and investigations by the DOJ, the SEC, the CFTC, the FSA, FINRA and state Attorneys General, including investigations into derivatives trading, securities law violations, manipulation, fraud, and executive compensation
  • Numerous hedge funds, banks and other companies in disputes with Lehman entities involving billions of dollars of payments in connection with derivatives and other financial instruments
  • The Carl Shapiro family in Madoff-related litigation and investigations
  • Continental AG in an arbitration involving a $60 million dispute regarding a merger 


  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1993, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    • Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1987, magna cum laude


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