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Richard J. Valladares, Administrative Shareholder of the Atlanta office and Chair of the Atlanta Business Litigation Group, has experience in numerous areas of litigation, including complex commercial litigation, personal injury defense, class action, construction litigation, products liability and insurance coverage litigation. His litigation and trial experience extends throughout all phases of a dispute, including pre-litigation negotiations, administrative investigations, trial and appeal. In addition, he advises a wide array of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to the smallest entrepreneur, on commercial dispute resolution and litigation avoidance techniques. Rich also has broad experience advising clients on electronic discovery and electronic document retention, and frequently writes and lectures on these topics.


  • General litigation
  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Products liability litigation
  • Trademark litigation
  • Electronic discovery and document retention
  • White collar litigation
  • Construction litigation



  • Represented pharmaceutical and medical device companies in tort litigation.
  • Represented Atlanta-based real estate developers and general contractors in construction related disputes in several forums including arbitration and litigation.
  • Represented financial institutions in complex commercial disputes.
  • Obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance coverage for real estate developers during early phase of litigation.
  • Represented Fortune 500 companies in multimillion-dollar insurance recovery actions.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Thomson Reuters, "Stand-Out Lawyers," 2024
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2023-2024
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2010-2024
    • "Rising Star," 2010-2012
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Product Liability Practice Group of the Year," 2021-2022
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year - Georgia,” 2018 and 2021
  • Listed, Georgia Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," 2011-2013
  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, "Future Stars," 2009
  • Member, Law360 Editorial Advisory Board, Georgia, 2023
  • Member, Judicial Nominations Committee, 2021-Present
  • Vice President, Peruvian-American Business Chamber of Georgia
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Minority Corporate Counsel Association


  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2001
  • B.A., Rutgers University, 1995
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey