Richard J. Leveridge, Partner

Rick Leveridge has been practicing law for over 35 years. His litigation practice has encompassed cases involving a wide range of subject matters, including cases related to the aviation, agribusiness, corrugated paper, chemical, computer, credit card, banking, energy, and construction industries. He has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the country. Rick and his litigation teams have recovered more than $3.5 billion for clients.

Rick focuses his practice on serving corporate clients who suffered business injuries as a result of illegal price-fixing cartels in the United States and abroad. Notable cases where Rick took a lead position on behalf of his corporate clients include: In re Vitamins; In re Linerboard; In re Urethanes Antitrust Litigation; Federal Home Loan Mortgage v. Bank of America, et al. (LIBOR); and In re Citric Acid. Rick's antitrust experience also includes a defense-side practice.

Representative Matters

  • Represented Tyson Foods, GNC, Kraft Foods, and more than 125 other large purchasers of bulk vitamins in a variety of industries in litigation against vitamin manufacturers accused of participating in a global price-fixing cartel. Also served as liaison counsel on behalf of more than 60 other direct-action plaintiffs in the litigation. Representation resulted in recoveries of over $ 2 billion for the client group.
  • Represented major purchasers of polyurethane chemicals in price fixing litigation in Kansas and New Jersey. Case settled after five weeks of trial in federal court in New Jersey. Total client recoveries were approximately $500 million.
  • Represented Procter & Gamble, Anheuser-Busch, Coke, PepsiCo, and other large purchasers of corrugated material against linerboard manufacturers accused of participating in a conspiracy to restrict supply and increase prices of linerboard and corrugated products. Recovered approximately $200 million for the client group.
  • Successfully represented Procter & Gamble, Quaker Oats, and other purchasers of citric acid in a price fixing antitrust action against Archer Daniels Midland and other manufactures.
  • American Express v. Visa: Served as counsel for Visa International, Inc. in defending cases brought by American Express and Discovery for alleged antitrust violations arising from Visa’s loyalty rules.
  • Served as lead counsel, on behalf of a religious organization, in pro bono action brought under Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and successfully obtained an order enjoining Elkton, Maryland from interfering with the religious organization’s religious freedoms and permitting the organization to use its property as a worship center and a daytime shelter for the homeless.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1981
    • cum laude
  • Providence College, B.A., 1978
    • magna cum laude

Bar Memberships

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Special Honors

  • Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, October 2014-15
  • The Best Lawyers In America, August, 2014-15
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, April 2015