Thomas K. Richards - Associate

New York
Tel: 212-486-2400
Fax: 212-486-3099
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Thomas Richards is a litigator concentrating in entertainment and intellectual property/trade secrets litigation, and complex commercial disputes.

Entertainment and Intellectual Property/Trade Secrets Litigation
Thomas has handled, and is currently handling, entertainment-related disputes involving artist agreements, talent agreements, collection of royalties, and film, documentary and literary copyrights and trademarks, including copyright actions involving Chinese and United States-based literary copyright claims. Thomas also handles a number of non-entertainment-related intellectual property claims involving copyrights, trademarks, trade dress and trade secret claims. Currently, Thomas is handling a copyright dispute involving property and products sold and implicating the laws of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In the trade secrets field, Thomas has handled a number of matters related to software and technology and has obtained and also opposed a number of TROs and injunctions on behalf of leading technology and software corporations, as well as financial institutions, in connection with the protection of their trade secrets. Thomas has counseled and continues to counsel leading software companies, online businesses and other technology producers in connection with the protection and licensing of their intellectual property and trade secrets.

Financial Litigation and Advice
Thomas has handled and is well-versed in emerging issues created by the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank Acts, in particular their disclosure and whistleblower requirements. He represents one of the world’s largest financial institutions in connection with its disclosure obligations. Thomas also represented a large international food exporter in connection with its positions in the derivatives market and has counseled that entity in connection with financing arrangements and the unwinding of certain derivatives contracts. Thomas has also handled shareholder derivative lawsuits.

Products Liability
Thomas also defends several large manufacturers of products ranging from household appliances to precision machinery and industrial tools from product defect claims. He has defended chemical and agri-business corporations in connection with toxic tort claims and successfully resolved separate class actions that involved thousands of property owners' claims of property value diminution as well as class claims of personal injury.

Education

  • Fordham Law, J.D. (2001)
  • George Mason University, B.A. (1998)

Admissions

  • California
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

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