Richard T. Joffe

Senior Counsel


Richard T. Joffe focuses on class action litigation, including securities fraud, antitrust, and consumer fraud cases. Since joining the Firm, Rich has represented such varied clients as institutional purchasers of corporate bonds, Wisconsin dairy farmers, and consumers who alleged they were defrauded when they purchased annuities. He played a key role in shareholders obtaining a $303 million settlement of securities claims against General Motors and its outside auditor. 

Prior to joining Labaton Sucharow, Rich was an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he played a key role in obtaining a dismissal of claims against Merrill Lynch & Co. and a dozen other of America's largest investment banks and brokerage firms, who, in Friedman v. Salomon/Smith Barney, Inc., were alleged to have conspired to fix the prices of initial public offerings.

Rich also worked as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson where, among other things, in a case handled pro bono, he obtained a successful settlement for several older women who alleged they were victims of age and sex discrimination when they were selected for termination by New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation during a city-wide reduction in force.

Long before becoming a lawyer, Rich was a founding member of the internationally famous rock and roll group, Sha Na Na.


Columbia Law School
J.D., 1993

Harvard University
Ph.D., 1984

Columbia University
B.A., summa cum laude, 1972


1994, New York

U.S. Court of Appeals
2001, Second Circuit
2004, Third Circuit
2010, Ninth Circuit
2002, Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Court
1994, Southern District of New York
1994, Eastern District of New York