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, New York and Oslo and represented clients with multi-billion dollar claims against financial institutions.
Chambers USA and Chambers Global have 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. 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.
Mr. Ziegler serves as a neutral as well as counsel in domestic and international arbitrations. He is a member of the panels of arbitrators maintained by the International Centre for Dispute Resolution ("ICDR"), The American Arbitration Association (large complex case panel) and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution ("CPR") (General Counsel Panel). He has recently served as chair of an arbitral tribunal in a matter administered by the ICC and as the sole arbitrator in an ICDR - administered preceeding.
Drawing on his experience as in-house and outside counsel, Mr. Ziegler is a frequent author and speaker on both arbitration and mediation, as well as 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 Jenner & Block as a member of its Policy Committee, the firm's governing body, and as Managing Partner of the New York office.