Richard Scheff is a partner in the firm’s Litigation practice group and leads the execution of strategic growth for the firm on the east coast. Richard is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and corporate advisor. His practice primarily involves government and corporate investigations with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical, medical device and financial services industries.
Richard’s pharmaceutical and medical device experience includes matters involving the False Claims Act, off-label promotion, Medicaid best price law, nominal pricing, co-pay foundations, patient assistance programs, sponsorships, patient advocacy programs and claims under the Anti-Kickback Act.
Richard’s financial services experience includes fraud allegations, tax claims, insider trading, consumer claims and Native American lending. Richard also has extensive experience representing colleges and universities in a variety of investigative matters involving the Clery Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), compliance matters, campus safety and security, student aid, and disciplinary or criminal conduct by students, including cases involving alleged sexual assault.
Throughout his career, Richard has appeared and handled matters in courts across the country and he has represented clients in administrative matters before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Securities Exchange Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of Currency and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Richard performs internal investigations for and counsels large, public and private companies as well as individuals. Richard has successfully represented numerous corporations, institutions, boards and senior executives in proceedings in state and federal enforcement matters.
Richard was retained by the United States Department of Justice to assist the South African government form a civilian police review board. South Africa’s apartheid legislation had recently been outlawed and the government had been experiencing numerous allegations of alleged police brutality of people in custody. The call for a civilian review board to evaluate these types of allegations was deemed necessary by the new government to curb alleged abuses and restore confidence in a police force that had been subject to significant criticism.
Richard was designated as assistant secretary of the treasury for enforcement by President Clinton and served as a consultant in that role with authority over the Treasury law enforcement agencies. He consulted with the Department regarding high-profile incidents in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and coordinated with White House Security to combat international money laundering and other issues.
Richard is a frequent speaker and has been quoted extensively by national media – including TIME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Legal Intelligencer and The Philadelphia Inquirer – on investigations, compliance, labor racketeering and criminal defense topics. In addition, he has served as a lecturer at renowned law schools including New York University, Villanova University, Temple University, Widener University and Rutgers University.
Services and Industries
- Financial Services and Banking
- Higher Education
- Antitrust and Trade Practices
- White-Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Internal Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
- Securities Regulation and Litigation
- Health Care and Life Sciences
- Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1981)
- Transnational Law Journal, Editor-in-chief
- Gettysburg College (B.A., cum laude, 1977)
- Political Science
- New York
- American Bar Association (Mid-Atlantic Region of the White collar Crime Section, Chairman)
- Pennsylvania Bar Association (Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee)
- Philadelphia Bar Association
Charitable and Civic Involvement
- Partnership for After School Education (Board of Directors, 2013; President)
- Philadelphia VIP (Board of Directors)
- Gettysburg College (Board of Trustees)
- Suffolk University Law School (Dean Advisory Council; Alumni Board and University Alumni Council, Former President)
- The Legal Intelligencer, Pennsylvania Trailblazer (2020)
- Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star in Securities, Competition/antitrust and Commercial Litigation (2020-present)
- National Law Journal, Health Care and Life Sciences Trailblazer (2020)
- Philadelphia Business Journal, Best of the Bar (2019)
- Philadelphia Inquirer, Influencer of Law (2019)
- Chambers USA: Band 1 Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Multiple years)
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2004-2020)
- The Best Lawyers in America®; Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2018-present)
- Who's Who Legal Investigations: Lawyers (2019)
- Partnership for After School Education (PASE) Afterschool Champion (2015)
- Justice Department Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (1988)
Prior to joining the firm, Richard was a partner at a mid-Atlantic law firm, for which he served as executive chairman, chairman, vice-chairman and head of the litigation department. He served as a member of the firm’s management committee for 18 years and chaired that committee for seven years. In his various roles, Richard was responsible for the management, growth and strategic direction of that firm.
Before entering private practice, he had a distinguished career as chief of the Corruption/Labor Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he oversaw a team of 10 trial attorneys. He supervised a number of high-profile cases during his tenure, including a significant police corruption case and the prosecution of a district council president.
While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Richard served as lead trial counsel in the investigation of a roofers union. He served as prosecutor in the organized crime case, which launched a judicial corruption investigation and led to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s removal of 12 Philadelphia judges. He also prosecuted a number of defense contractor fraud cases, as well as high-profile health care and money-laundering and arms trade matters.