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Jeffrey P. Richter

Jeffrey Richter is an associate who divides his practice between cross-border transaction and litigation matters. He advises Japanese and international clients on their business transactions such as M&A, supply and distribution arrangements, and various commercial projects. He also represents clients in commercial disputes and investigations and provides related advice. Having previously practiced as a litigator in the US, Jeffrey has broad experience with complex disputes in both US courts and international arbitrations, and he often works with multi-jurisdictional litigation teams across the firm’s network. His experience spans all stages of dispute resolution and includes commercial contract, product liability, environmental tort, employee benefits, and class actions.

Jeffrey also adds his understanding of litigation to his commercial practice and counsels clients on avoiding litigation through risk management and efficiently resolving disputes through negotiated settlements. He also regularly helps non-Japanese clients navigate domestic labor and employment law issues such as dismissals and workplace harassment. 

Jeffrey has represented clients in a wide variety of industries and has also engaged in substantial pro bono work on behalf of animal rights organizations and indigent individuals.

Jeffrey was based in the firm's Pittsburgh office before moving to Tokyo. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. 

During law school, Jeffrey was appointed academic director of the Moot Court Board and contributing editor of the Iowa Law Review. He was also a member of the National Moot Court Team, representing the law school at the competition's final round in New York.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Jeffrey participated in a one-year exchange program at Meiji University in Tokyo, where he focused on Japanese history and language studies.

  • Animal Legal Defense Fund Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award, 2019, 2022, and 2023
  • America-Japan Society, Member
  • United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Middle-school mentor
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Law-school mentor
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