Richard is a leader in the mass tort bar and chairs the firm’s mass torts and environmental threats practice groups. Rich has been at the forefront of some of the most high-profile mass torts, public health and environmental cases in the U.S. and around the world. He is dedicated to bringing justice to those exposed to toxic chemicals, unsafe working conditions, and unsafe drugs.
Over the course of his career, Rich has represented clients facing a broad array of public health injuries caused by corporate negligence including lead poisoned children, diseased and injured miners, student athletes, NFL football players, farmers, pharmaceutical drug and medical device patients, communities and workers exposed to toxic chemicals, state attorneys general, city officials and municipalities trying to protect the public health.
University of Pennsylvania, J.D., cum laude, 1986
University of Michigan, M.P.H., 1981
Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 1976
District of Columbia
Comments Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
Law clerk (post law school), for the Honorable Stanley S. Brotman, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Mr. Lewis was interviewed regarding Children’s Rights and climate change by Columbia newspaper, El Tiempo in 2019.
Mr. Lewis was interviewed by BBC Radio regarding the class certification of the Silicosis case in South Africa in 2016.
Mr. Lewis commented in USA Today, "Hearing on consolidation of NCAA concussion lawsuits." December 2013.
“Manassas Park Woman Sues Drug Company Over Breast Cancer.” The Washington Post quotes Richard Lewis regarding a suit against Pfizer. January 3, 2010.
Mr. Lewis interviewed in Fox News story on Prempro cancer case. November 26, 2009.
First Chinese drywall class actions filed in Virginia and North Carolina. May 21, 2009.
Comment, “O.C.A.W. v. American Cyanamid: The Shrinking of the Occupational Safety and Health Act,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review (July 1985)
"Public Nuisance Litigation," Congressional Staff Briefing at the GMU Law & Economics Center, November 2019, Arlington, VA
"Effectiveness of Settlements," The Perrin Conferences’ Mass Tort Global Settlement Architecture Conference, May 2019, Washington, D.C.
Hausfeld and Hecht Partners Announce Court’s Ruling That Sudanese Genocide Victims’ Class Action Will Move Forward in New York Against French Bank BNP Paribas
Seven Hausfeld Lawyers Named to Lawdragon 500 List of Leading Lawyers in America for 2021
Children Urge Norway to Block Arctic Oil and Gas Drilling to Protect Their Rights to Life and Health
Three Big-Emitting Countries Fail To Protect Children From Direct, Imminent And Irreversible Climate Risks
Seven Hausfeld Lawyers Named to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers Guide
The 16 Committee on the Rights of the Child Petitioners, Including Greta Thunberg and Ridhima Pandey, Applaud Dutch Supreme Court Ruling in Urgenda
Hausfeld’s Efforts To Correct South African Injustices May Very Well Be Heading For Success