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Richard L. Scheff


+1 215 988 2757 fax
New York
+1 212 248 3141 fax


Richard Scheff is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with an extensive skill set in navigating government and corporate investigations, particularly in the pharmaceutical, medical device, higher education and financial services industries. His decorated career includes government appointments and serving as a section chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Richard is asked to speak frequently on investigations, compliance and criminal defense topics, and has been quoted extensively by publications including Time, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Reuters, Legal Intelligencer and Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also a sought-after guest lecturer in the higher education circuit, speaking at prominent law schools along the East Coast.

Richard’s depth of experience provides clients facing bet-the-farm problems with seasoned strategic advice and renowned trial skills to manage crises, limit legal and reputational exposure, and respond to or prevent government investigations and enforcement proceedings.

Government & Corporate Investigations

Investigations are at the core of Richard’s practice, and his experience in this work spans clients in a number of industries, including health care and life sciences, financial services, and higher education. He performs internal investigations for public and private companies, as well as individuals. He has successfully represented corporations, institutions, boards, and senior executives in proceedings in both state and federal enforcement matters.

Pharmaceuticals & Medical Device Litigation

Richard helps his clients to address matters involving the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-kickback Statute, Medicaid best price, pricing, co-pay foundations, patient assistance programs, sponsorships, patient advocacy programs and off-label promotion claims.

Financial Services

Richard’s work in the financial services industry includes allegations of fraud, tax claims, insider trading, consumer claims and Native American lending. He also represents nonbank lenders in regulatory and litigation matters. He has appeared before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).

Prior Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, Richard served on the executive committee and as a strategic leader at an Am Law 200 firm, responsible for its vision and growth on the East Coast. Richard also managed several of the firm’s East Coast offices, in addition to his practice in government and corporate investigation.

Before his time with the Am Law 200 firm, Richard served in various leadership roles at a Mid-Atlantic law firm, including as its executive chair, chair, vice chair and head of its litigation department. He was a member of the firm’s management committee for 18 years and served as chair for seven of those years. 

Before entering private practice, Richard had a distinguished career with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As chief of the Corruption/Labor section, he oversaw a team of 10 trial attorneys and supervised several high-profile cases, including a substantial police corruption case and the prosecution of a district council president.

Richard was also designated as assistant secretary of the Treasury for enforcement by President Bill Clinton and served as a consultant to Department of the Treasury law enforcement agencies. During his tenure he consulted with the Department on high-profile incidents and coordinated with the White House to combat international money laundering, among other issues.

Richard’s governmental service also includes being retained by the Department of Justice to assist the South African government to form a civilian review board, and service on the City of Philadelphia Civilian Police Review Board.

Personal Interests

When not practicing law, Richard is a history buff who enjoys travel, having traveled extensively within the U.S. and visited more than 50 other countries. Many nights, Richard can be found in the kitchen, where he enjoys unwinding while cooking a gourmet meal for family and friends. Most summer and fall weekends, he can be found on the golf course. 


Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania


Gettysburg College
B.A. in Political Science, cum laude (1977)

Suffolk University Law School
J.D. cum laude, Transnational Law Journal (editor-in-chief)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — White Collar Crime Section, Mid-Atlantic Region 
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association — Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Philadelphia VIP — Board of Directors, 2016-23
  • Partnership for After School Education — Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2017-23
  • Gettysburg College — Board of Trustees, 2014-23
  • Suffolk University Law School — Dean Advisory Council; Alumni Board and University Alumni Council (former president)


  • The Legal Intelligencer — “Best Law Firm Mentor” recipient, 2023; Pennsylvania Trailblazer, 2020
  • Chambers USA — Band 1: Pennsylvania, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Benchmark Litigation — “Local Litigation Star,” Securities, Competition/Antitrust and Commercial Litigation (Pennsylvania), 2020-23
  • National Law Journal — Health Care and Life Sciences Trailblazer, 2020
  • Philadelphia Business Journal — Best of the Bar, 2019
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer — Influencer of Law, 2019
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers — White Collar Crimes, 2004-23
  • Best Lawyers® — Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2018-23
  • Who’s Who Legal Investigations: Lawyers, 2019
  • Partnership for After School Education (PASE) Afterschool Champion, 2015
  • Justice Department Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1988
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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