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Richard Alexander is Chairman of the firm. Richard's practice involves some of the most significant enforcement, supervisory, and governance matters affecting the financial services industry.

Richard represents financial services companies and their officers and directors, as well as accountants, attorneys, and other professionals, in significant enforcement or investigative proceedings brought by federal or state agencies. He has led the firm's representation of clients in high-profile matters initiated by, among others, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Richard's practice includes representing financial service companies with respect to a wide range of issues arising out of the supervisory process. He has extensive experience in federal anti-money laundering laws and frequently counsels clients on bank examination issues. He also has significant experience with respect to matters arising out of the conservatorship or receivership of regulated financial service companies.

Richard regularly is called upon to counsel clients with respect to complex corporate governance issues, often representing Boards of Directors or their Audit and Special Committees. He has conducted many internal or independent investigations into alleged accounting fraud, legal, ethical, and internal control violations, self-dealing, and other wrongdoings.

Prior to joining the firm, Richard served in the Enforcement and Compliance Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He served as the Managing Partner of the firm from 2005 through 2015.

Richard serves on the Board of Advisors of the Syracuse University College of Law and as a University Trustee for Syracuse University. He also serves as Chair of Justice in Aging, a national organization that uses the power of law to fight senior poverty by securing access to affordable health care, economic security, and the courts for older adults with limited resources.


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BTI Client Service All-Star — Financial Services (2019, 2022)



  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 1982
  • B.A., Brandeis University, 1979, magna cum laude, with high honors


  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Government & Military Service

  • Enforcement and Compliance Division, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency