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Richard H. Zelichov

Los Angeles – Century City Office

Richard H. Zelichov’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation matters, with particular emphasis representing public companies and their directors and officers in securities class action and derivative litigation in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. He also has significant experience handling matters before the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and with internal investigations.

Much of Richard’s litigation involves companies in the technology sector, including Vulcan Ventures, Retalix Limited, DemandTec, Superconductor Technologies and officers from several other companies. He has also defended companies in a wide variety of other industries in lawsuits arising from accounting restatements, failure to meet public projections, product recalls, executive compensation, option grants and mergers and acquisitions.

Richard has also defended and prosecuted cases involving alleged contract breaches, including earnout disputes, license agreements and non-disclosure agreements. He also defends cases alleging trade secret misappropriation and related issues.

He writes and speaks extensively on topics related to securities law. After law school, Richard served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Alfred T. Goodwin of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

While in law school, Richard was recognized as both a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. During his undergrad studies, he was a John J. McGowan Prize recipient.

Shown below is a selection of Richard’s engagements.

  • Defense of director and Vulcan Ventures, Inc. in securities class action and bondholder lawsuit arising out of failure and bankruptcy of a telecommunications company.
  • Defense of ECtel Limited, an Israeli-based telecommunications company, and its officers and directors in securities class action litigation arising out of a significant write off of its accounts receivables.
  • Defense of Superconductor Technologies, Inc., a Santa Barbara-based high technology company, and its officers and directors in securities class action and derivative litigation arising out of the company’s failure to meet its public projections.
  • Defense of former CFO of Blue Coat Systems, Inc. in SEC investigation and various securities cases regarding the company’s past practices relating to option grants.
  • Defense of former officers of First Virtual Communications, Inc. in securities class actions arising from the company’s financial restatement and subsequent bankruptcy.
  • Defense of former director of public company that designs and manufactures telecommunication solutions in various civil securities matters and SEC investigation related to the company’s past practices relating to option grants.
  • Representation of Broadcom Corporation as amicus curiae in securities class action before the US Supreme Court.
  • Defense of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. and its officers and directors in securities class action litigation arising from its recall of a multipurpose contact lens solution.
  • Defense of The Spectranetics Corporation and its officers and directors in securities class action, derivative litigation and an SEC investigation arising out of allegations, among other things, that the company promoted its products for "off-label" use.
  • Defense of director of Cooper Companies, Inc., a contact lens manufacturer, in securities class action and derivative litigation arising out of numerous issues company faced over a two-year period during and following merger with competitor.
  • Defense of a former senior executive of Krispy Kreme, Inc. in various civil securities matters and in US Securities and Exchange Commission and US Department of Justice investigations related to the company’s restatement of its financial results.
  • Defense of El Paso Electric Company and its officers and directors in securities class action litigation arising from its investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  • Defense of Image Entertainment, Inc. and its directors in securities class action alleging that company followed an unfair process and obtained an unfair price in connection with a merger.
  • Defense of a commercial real estate lender in litigation alleging that it violated federal and state securities laws in connection with loans related to a hotel and condominium complex in Hawaii.
  • Defense of public restaurant company and its officers and directors in connection with an investigation and litigation relating to its past practices regarding option grants.
  • Defense of Steel Dynamics, Inc. in securities fraud lawsuits brought in state and federal courts by investors who purchased high-yield bonds issued by a failed steel manufacturing plant in Thailand.
  • Defense of Herbalife, Inc. and its controlling shareholder in securities class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty in connection with a management buyout.
  • Prosecution of an arbitration on behalf of the former stockholders of an Israeli-based technology company in a dispute concerning an “earn-out” provision in a merger agreement.
  • Defense of a major financial institution in a lawsuit alleging claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and violation of RICO in connection with the sale of interest rate swaps.
  • Prosecution of a lawsuit on behalf of a private California corporation against certain of its shareholders relating to interpretation and application of the corporation’s articles of incorporation and bylaws.
  • Prosecution of a number of lawsuits on behalf of the general partners of a facility providing heating and cooling services to office buildings in downtown Los Angeles against certain of the limited partners.
  • Defense of El Paso Electric Company in a series of lawsuits alleging violations of the antitrust laws relating to alleged gaming of the California electricity markets in 2000–2001.
  • Defense of an Australian high technology company in various business disputes arising from the expansion of its business into the United States.
  • Defense of television network against claims seeking half its profits in connection with successful animated series.


Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Southern California, 2011–2012
Super Lawyers, Southern California, 2013–2018
Legal 500, 2016
Richard H. Zelichov


  • JD, Columbia Law School
  • BA, Yale University, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California


Super Lawyers Rising Stars
Southern California, 2011–2012
Super Lawyers
Southern California, 2013–2018
Legal 500
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  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter
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