Richard D. Batchelder, Jr.
Richard has advised Ropes & Gray clients for nearly 30 years in a wide range of high stakes litigation matters before courts throughout the country. In recent years, Richard has handled a number of significant contractual and indemnification disputes for life sciences and health care clients of the firm. He has advised many of the firm’s private equity clients and their portfolio companies in numerous capacities, from analyzing litigation risk in proposed transactions to representing them in court post-acquisition. In addition, Richard is one of the leaders of the firm’s data privacy and cybersecurity practice, helping clients respond to incidents and defending them in any related proceedings. Richard’s experience in this area includes defending TJX and Target in class action lawsuits brought by financial institutions in the wake of two of the largest data breaches in U.S. history. Richard served as the firm’s hiring partner from 2011 to 2016, and was a member of the firm’s diversity committee. Richard is active in pro bono matters at the firm, including submitting amicus briefs to the Supreme Court in Barber v. Bryant, on behalf of GLAD and NCLR, Gloucester County Sch. Bd. v. G.G. on behalf of The Equality Foundation, Fisher v. University of Texas on behalf of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and assisting in the successful appeal before the 11th Circuit in an important free speech case involving a physician’s right to discuss gun safety with their patients (Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida). Richard serves on several charitable boards, including Greater Boston Legal Services. He joined Ropes & Gray in 1991 following a federal court clerkship in Boston, and became a partner in 1999.
- Fraudulent Conveyance Action. Representing fund of New York based private equity firm, its general partner, and limited partners in the U.S. District Court for the N.D. Ala. brought by a Chapter 7 Trustee seeking to recover over $30M paid to the fund three years before one of its portfolio companies declared bankruptcy; obtained complete dismissal of all claims; representing the management company in related proceedings in SDNY; represented four directors in related bankruptcy court adversary proceeding, which has been dismissed with prejudice.
- Cybersecurity incidents. Led incident response team, including outside forensic investigators, in connection with two recent cybersecurity incidents.
- TCPA suit. Represented portfolio company of private equity fund in TCPA action brought in S.D. Fla.; obtained dismissal.
- AstraTech, Inc. (n/k/a as Dentsply IH Inc.). Lead trial lawyer in indemnification dispute in Business Litigation Section of Massachusetts Superior Court with Shareholders’ Agent over disposition of $6.3 million Escrow Fund; secured victory for client in liability phase after eight-day trial, and obtained nearly $9 million judgment against the Shareholders’ Agent, which was upheld on appeal in the Supreme Judicial Court; obtained judgment in related case brought by majority shareholders; total recovery of $12 million for client.
- Martha’s Vineyard Zoning Dispute. Represented group of residents in high profile dispute brought by individuals seeking to prevent the residents from building a causeway to provide access to their properties; secured complete dismissal of all claims in two Land Court actions, a Superior Court action, and related appeals.
- Martha’s Vineyard Sharks. Represented local baseball team in dispute involving its decision to switch leagues; obtained dismissal of all claims and team is now in leading wood-bat summer league.
- Fortune 150 Company. Represented wholly-owned subsidiary in real estate dispute in Massachusetts Superior Court; obtained dismissal of all claims.
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Lead lawyer in contract dispute in United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois on behalf of largest pediatric hospital in the United States; obtained dismissal of all claims brought against NCH for royalties for certain inventions licensed by NCH to a third party on initial motion to dismiss and after plaintiff filed amended complaint, obtained dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s primary claim, leading to a favorable resolution of the case.
- Target Corp. Represented Target in putative class action brought by financial institutions against Target in United States District Court for the District of Minnesota stemming from the data security breach Target announced in December 2013.
- Genesco. Represented Genesco in lawsuit the retailer brought against Visa in United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee arising out of fines and assessments imposed by Visa following data security breach.
- Vapotherm, Inc. Lead lawyer for Vapotherm, a New Hampshire-based medical device manufacturer, in expedited proceedings in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio brought by a large healthcare distributor for breach of contract and other claims; secured denial of TRO and dismissal with prejudice of complaint.
- A Leading Consumer Technology Company. Led legal team responding to cyber attack on the company’s website.
- Fortune 100 Insurance Company. Co-lead counsel defending class action lawsuits following criminal cyber-attack on a certain portion of the company’s computer network. Obtained complete dismissal of all claims.
- Targus, Inc. (portfolio company of Apax Partners). Lead lawyer in obtaining ruling from Massachusetts Appeals Court affirming summary judgment entered by lower court enforcing a multi-million dollar settlement agreement.
- TJX. Served as one of the lead lawyers representing TJX in class action litigation brought by financial institutions in federal court in Boston arising out of the largest data intrusion at that time in U.S. history; successfully argued against the financial institutions’ motions for class certification and to amend their complaint, which led to dismissal of their claims; supervised team conducting review of millions of pages of documents for purposes of responding to discovery requests and CIDs arising out of data intrusion.
- Eleme Medical, Inc. Lead trial lawyer in a six-day arbitration trial in Chicago for a venture backed medical device company enforcing its exclusive rights to certain cutting-edge technology.
- XOJet, Inc. (portfolio company of TPG). Successfully brought a complaint in the Northern District of California on behalf of a private aviation company against an aircraft manufacturer to rescind hundreds of millions of dollars in contract obligations to buy additional aircraft from that manufacturer.
- PNC Bank. Represented the lender of a major real estate development on the Boston waterfront in a case brought in federal court in Boston by the original developer of that project, obtaining dismissal of a key count in the complaint and settling the remaining counts; also obtained dismissal of a complaint in federal court in Boston on behalf of the seller of three multi-million dollar residential units in a case brought by the buyer of those units; successfully argued appeal of dismissal in First Circuit.
- Harry Winston, Inc. Represented world famous jeweler in six-day arbitration in dispute over lease terms with landlord of flagship store on Fifth Avenue; secured favorable arbitration award.
- Bain Capital. Obtained summary judgment in Delaware Chancery Court on behalf of a former portfolio company of Bain Capital in a case brought by a former shareholder of that company.
- Miami Cruiseline Holdings. (portfolio company of Berkshire Partners). Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement of a claim against Reliance Insurance Company.
- Defamation case. Obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice against our client, a well-known counterterrorism expert, in a high profile defamation action brought in Massachusetts Superior Court.
- Caspian Capital Management. Lead lawyer in a four-day trial in New York state court in a case involving the removal for cause of a portfolio manager.
- University of Miami. Assisted Miami in its successful move from the Big East Conference to the ACC.
- Harvard University. Successful defense verdict at trial in 2002 after remand in employment discrimination case, Abramian v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, 432 Mass. 107 (2000); successful dismissal in tenure review case, Berkowitz v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, 58 Mass. App. Ct. 262, review denied, 440 Mass. 1101 (2003).
- Co-author, “US Litigation Considerations and Landscape,” The Guide to Cyber Investigations, Global Investigations Review, London (2019)
- Quoted, “'Sea Change in the Gaming Landscape' | Georgetown Prof's RBG Shout-Out,” The Supreme Court Brief (May 16, 2018)
- Co-author, “Will Murphy v. NCAA Change the Sports Betting Landscape?,” Bloomberg BNA’s White Collar Crime Report (May 31, 2018)
- Quoted, “Masterpiece Cake Quartet | Gov. Christie Goes to Court | Recusal Watch,” The Supreme Court Brief (December 5, 2017)
- Quoted, Ropes & Gray Works to Make Diversity Part of its DNA (Forum, Vol. 1, Ed. 2, 2015)
- Quoted, “Dealing with a Data Breach,” Law Technology News (Dec. 2, 2014)
- Panelist, “Cybersecurity, Essentials for Corporate Governance,” Orlando, FL (January 22, 2020)
- Panelist, “Counseling Boards and the C-Suite Before the Inevitable Breach,” Incident Response Forum (April 2019)
- Panelist, Sports Betting Bill of Rights Symposium at George Washington University Law School (June 2018) (co-panelist included Attorney General of Maryland)
- Panelist, “NCAA Panel,” 2017 Sports Symposium at Harvard Law School (March 2017)
- Panelist, “Cybersecurity Law in an Insecure World,” Columbia Law School (March 2016)
- Co-presenter, “Data Breach Triage 101: Be Prepared to Hit the Ground Running,” ALM’s cyberSecure Event (December 2015)
- Co-presenter, “First Responders: How Outside Counsel & Forensic Investigators Help Clients Respond to a Data Breach,” Cybersecurity and Data Protection Legal Summit (December 2014)
- JD, cum laude , Cornell Law School, 1990; Senior Editor, Cornell Law Review
- BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984