Richard F. Ziegler is managing partner of the firm's New York office. A former general counsel of a Fortune 100 company, former federal prosecutor and an active civil litigator and counselor, he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, international arbitration and corporate governance and compliance matters. Since joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Ziegler has handled numerous major commercial disputes, conducted international arbitrations in London, Geneva and New York, and represented clients with multi-billion dollar claims against financial institutions arising from the credit crisis.
Chambers USA has repeatedly recognized Mr. Ziegler in the area of international arbitration, calling him "an extraordinarily gifted advocate." In 2010, he was listed by BTI Consulting as one of its “Client Service All Stars,” an unsolicited award based on client feedback on a combination of unusual legal talent and business acumen. Mr. Ziegler is co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice and serves on the Firm's Management Committee. Prior to joining the firm, he served as senior vice president, Legal Affairs and General Counsel for the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he led a department of more than 150 lawyers in 24 countries. He also previously headed the New York litigation practice of a leading international law firm and served as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York and as deputy chief appellate attorney in that office.
Drawing on his experience as in-house and outside counsel, Mr. Ziegler is a frequent author and speaker on compliance and governance matters, including enterprise risk management, the role of the board of directors in corporate compliance programs and FCPA compliance. He co-chaired PLI’s Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute in New York in 2010 and its Corporate Counsel Institutes in 2007 and 2008. A former chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the New York State Bar Association, he has taught a seminar on ethics and complex litigation at Columbia Law School and has been a member of the faculty of the trial advocacy program at Cardozo Law School.
He serves the firm as a member of its Management Committee and as co-chair of its Alternative Billing Committee.