Thoughtful Analysis, Sound Judgment, Aggressive Advocacy

Richard Mooney

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San Francisco, CA


I have 25 years experience litigating and arbitrating complex commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on transnational disputes. My geographic focus is on disputes proceeding in California and New York, although I have experience with disputes in Florida, Texas, several other States, and various tribunals in Asia, Australia, and Europe.

My clients have included individuals of modest means, individuals with great wealth, and corporations of all sizes. I have represented dozens of American clients in disputes with foreign adversaries, but my true passion is effectively handling U.S. proceedings on behalf of foreign clients. In that connection, I have had the privilege of representing clients from more than two dozen countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Jersey, Korea, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Rumania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, and Ukraine.

I began my career in San Francisco, at the highly-regarded international law firms Heller Ehrman and Latham & Watkins. Before that, I clerked for Judge Amalya Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York, after receiving my law degree with high honors from the University of Michigan and my undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard.

Practice Areas:

  • International Business Law

Pro-Bono Activities

  • A major victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals preventing government efforts to weaken the famous “dolphin-safe” standard for canned tuna.

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney