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Michael  P. Richter


Litigation & Dispute Resolution


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • National Intelligence University, M.S.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.


  • New York
Michael P. Richter
Tel: (212) 682-1800
Fax: (212) 682-1850
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Michael P. Richter is a Partner at GHSK and head of its Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice.

Michael joined GHSK after years practicing at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Michael has handled a wide range of complex claims in State and Federal courts in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, California and Illinois. He has also practiced before the AAA and JAMS.

Before becoming an attorney, Michael served as an intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He covered Russian foreign policy towards Asia and the Middle East, and wrote for the President’s Daily Brief and provided intelligence support to policymakers and warfighters.

Michael has represented:
  • Former directors and officers in a chemical company in state and related arbitral proceedings arising from claims of fraud, breach of contract and more.
  • Company involved in security contracts in a dispute involving complex accounting and earnout dispute issues that arose from a purchase and sale agreement, and addressing related issues concerning representations and warranties insurance.
  • Seller in post-closing dispute involving nearly 30 different claims for indemnification.
  • Buyer in post-closing dispute arising from the acquisition of a software company.
  • Policyholder in complex insurance dispute that involved lost policies.
  • Underwriter syndicate.
  • Issuer in various securities actions in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Financial institutions in disputes pertaining to derivatives, FX, and more.
  • Chairman of publicly traded corporation in an executive compensation dispute.
  • Employees and employers in disputes pertaining to non-compete and non-solicit agreements.
Michael has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University (f/k/a the Joint Military Intelligence College), and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice in the New York State Courts, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
He has served on the editorial boards of the Georgetown Law Journal, Studies of Intelligence, the premier scholarly journal of the U.S. Intelligence Community managed by the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Defense Intelligence Journal. He was previously the Chairman of the Military Affairs and Justice Committee at the New York City Bar Association and is currently a member of the Litigation Committee. Michael is also a former Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and has written extensively on legal and national security topics. His publications and speaking engagements include:
  • Russia’s Co-Opting of US Political Groups Is Serious Business, The Hill (August 6, 2022), available at
  • The Public Has a Right To Know, But There Are Limits, The Wall Street Journal (April 5, 2018), available at
  • Trump Abandons Transgender Patriots, The Hill (July 27, 2017), available at
  • Four Days with the Marine Corps and Navy, US Naval Institute (February 12, 2016), available at (included in Chief of Naval Information’s Morning News Clips)
  • Moderator, Closing Guantanamo with State and Defense Departments’ Special Envoys for Guantanamo Closure, New York City Bar Association (February 1, 2016)
  • Orderly Markets: Protect Your Data!, Futures Magazine, December 2015 issue
  • Foundations of Federalism, American College of Trial Lawyers 2015 UK-US Legal Exchange, September 2015 (principal drafter)
  • The Rise of the Citizen Cyber Soldier, Federal Times (November 9, 2015), available at
  • Tactic to Preserve Government Secrets Gains Wider, Worrisome Use, The National Law Journal (May 18, 2015), available at
  • Moderator, Foreign Defense Sales, New York City Bar Association (May 14, 2015)
  • Covert Action, The NewJurist (May 7, 2015), available at
  • Speaker, New York City Bar Association, Prosecuting Torture? Moving Forward After the Senate Intelligence Committee Report (April 16, 2015) podcast, available at
  • New York’s Licensing Barricade Against Military Spouses, The Wall Street Journal (February 13, 2015), available at
  • It’s Not Top Secret If You Can Google It, The Wall Street Journal (December 4, 2014), available at
  • Comedy and Terror In Guantanamo Bay, The NewJurist (October 10, 2014), available at and excerpt in Gary D. Solis, The Law of Armed Conflict: International Humanitarian Law in War, 2d ed. (NY: Cambridge University Press, 2016), at 814.
  • An Inefficient Mix: Arbitration and Rule 68, Law360 (December 3, 2014), available at
  • Better Know Bi-Economy Case For NY Consequential Damages, Law360 (March 6, 2014), available at
  • New Reporting Company Disclosure Requirements for Activities Relating to Iran, Proskauer Rose LLP (January 25, 2013), available at
  • Final Rule on New Iranian Sanctions Published, Proskauer Rose LLP (December 28, 2012), available at