Richard K. Willard

Richard K. Willard

Former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division

Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Litigation • Labor & Employment Law • Criminal Law & Procedure • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Corporations, Securities & Antitrust • Religious Liberties

During the Reagan Administration, Richard Willard served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Division, the largest litigation division of the US Department of Justice. There, he chaired the Reagan Administration's Tort Policy Working Group and developed its proposals for reforming civil litigation, workplace drug testing, and preventing unauthorized disclosure of classified information.

More recently, he served as senior vice president and general counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Gillette Company, where he led large worldwide legal departments, advised on strategic transactions, and enabled launch of new products with strong intellectual property protection.

Mr. Willard's private practice involved corporate counseling and litigation of cases raising public policy concerns. He served as lead counsel in complex litigation involving multiple claims, parties, and jurisdictions. He frequently appeared in trial and appellate courts around the country, including six arguments in the Supreme Court.

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