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Richard A. Edlin

Mr. Edlin is Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig. He Chairs both the Litigation Practice in New York and the Business & Regulatory Financial Services Litigation Group and serves as a member of the firm's executive committee. First and foremost, he is a trial lawyer with broad experience in both trial and appellate courts including the U.S. Supreme Court and the Delaware Supreme Court. He has successfully tried numerous cases in federal and state courts all over the country and has handled a variety of domestic and international arbitrations. He has testified before both Congress and the Commerce Department in the course of representing his clients, and has represented various public figures including two US Senators.

Mr. Edlin is described in Chambers and Partners as “brilliant” and “one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen,” possessing a “broad range of knowledge” and “a wonderful ability to prepare witnesses.” In 2019, The National Law Journal recognized Mr. Edlin as a “Master of the Courtroom.” Mr. Edlin has earned numerous accolades for his role as a leading litigator and corporate adviser. He is the 2020 recipient of the John J. McCloy Award from the Fund for the Modern Courts. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Chief Judge Janet DeFiore’s Commission for the Reimagining of the New York Courts, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Historical Society of the New York Courts, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Justice Center, a member of the Board of Directors for Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, a trustee of the The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, a fellow of the Litigation Council of America, and a trustee of New Jersey SEEDS, which is dedicated to promoting the educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth in New Jersey. Mr. Edlin frequently speaks and writes on legal topics, most recently he was selected to author the chapter on Cross-Examination in Commercial Litigation in the New York Courts (Fifth Edition).

Mr. Edlin handles a wide variety of litigation and routinely acts for companies and their management in areas such as securities, general commercial and contractual disputes, antitrust and intellectual property. He is currently handling matters for leading financial institutions; intellectual property litigation for major electronics/consumer companies; for leading pharmaceutical companies involved in contract disputes; antitrust investigations; and for individuals involved in various commercial disputes.

Mr. Edlin received his B.A. degree from Tufts University, magna cum laude in history, was a varsity athlete and the winner of the New Jersey Rhodes Scholarship competition. He received his law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Notes editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Following his graduation, Mr. Edlin served as law clerk to Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


  • Commercial litigation, including financial services and antitrust
  • Intellectual property litigation, focusing on patent litigation in federal court
  • Domestic and international arbitrations, including matters before the ICC, CIETAC, HKIAC and the UN.
  • Securitization
  • Life sciences
  • Venture capital
  • Regulatory investigations


Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2005-2021
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2008-2020
  • Recognized, The National Law Journal, Masters of the Courtroom: “Winning Litigators,” 2019
  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, "Local Litigation Star," 2020-2021
  • Listed, Super Lawyersmagazine, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2006-2019
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2015-2016, 2018-2020
    • Dispute resolution - General Commercial Disputes, 2018 and 2020
    • Dispute resolution - Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action - Consumer Products (including tobacco), 2018-2019
    • Litigation - Securities - Shareholder Litigation, 2015-2016
  • Team Member, S. News - Best Lawyers®, Best Law Firms Edition, "Law Firm of the Year," Banking & Finance - Litigation, 2017
  • Listed, Who's Who in American Law
  • Rated, AV Preeminent®5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Member, Commission to Reimagine the Future of the New York Courts, formed by Chief Judge Janet DeFiore, 2020
  • Board of Trustees, Carnegie Council, Treasurer
    • Centennial Development Committee and Investment Committee
  • Board of Trustees, Urban Justice Center
  • Board of Directors, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA)
  • Board of Trustees, Historical Society of the New York Courts
  • Board of Governors, Tel Aviv University
  • Board of Governors, Hackensack University Medical Center (fourth largest university medical center in the United States)
  • Board of Trustees, New Jersey Seeds
  • Member, The Economic Club of New York
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Judiciary Committee of the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the City of New York
  • Lecturer to the New York City High School for Leadership and Public Service’s program on Sexual Harassment
  • Member, Board of Directors, Youth Education Through Sports, Inc.
  • Advisory Board Member, The Entrepreneurship Institute


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 1985
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Teaching fellow (Contracts and Property)
    • Notes and comments editor, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
  • B.A., History, magna cum laude, Tufts University, 1982
    • Winner, New Jersey State Rhodes Scholarship Competition
  • Hon. Lee P. Gagliardi, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1985-1986
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
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