Rich Moore is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation and arbitration. Rich has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration. He has represented clients in high-stakes commercial disputes before the world’s leading arbitral institutions, including the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (“HKIAC”).
Rich’s practice also focuses on the areas of product liability, mass torts, and consumer class actions. Rich has defended complex cases brought by numerous plaintiffs, either as individual actions or as putative class actions, involving a variety of products, ranging from pharmaceuticals to financial services products.
Rich grew up in Barnwell, South Carolina. He graduated from Princeton University in 1995, then spent four years on Capitol Hill working for United States Senator Ernest F. Hollings. Rich received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was in the Order of the Coif. After law school, Rich served two years as a law clerk to Judge David C. Norton of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina before joining Williams & Connolly in 2003.
- Representing South American company in ICC arbitration concerning a shareholder dispute, including as trial counsel in evidentiary hearing in Madrid.
- Representing company in ICC arbitration involving construction dispute at international airport in the Middle East, including as trial counsel in evidentiary hearing in Brussels.
- Representing Rwandan company in dispute concerning construction of a power generation facility, including as trial counsel in evidentiary hearing in London.
- Representing project development company in a dispute regarding construction projects in Nigeria, including as trial counsel in evidentiary hearing at the International Dispute Resolution Centre ("IDRC") in London.
- Representing pharmaceutical company in domestic arbitration involving product liability claims, including as trial counsel in evidentiary hearing.
- Represented the manufacturer of a medical device used to treat chronic pain in product liability litigation in multiple jurisdictions.
- Representing Latin American country in federal court in Washington, D.C. SACE S.p.A. v. Republic of Paraguay, 243 F. Supp. 3d 21 (D.D.C. 2017)
- Representing Genentech in product liability litigation involving Raptiva, a prescription biologic medication, in California state court and various federal courts across the United States, including arguing in Sixth Circuit. Marsh v. Genentech, Inc., 693 F.3d 546 (6th Cir. 2012)
- Represented attorneys in a putative class action brought on behalf of 15,000-plus individuals with alleged asbestosis.
- Representing a United States medical device company in a HKIAC arbitration involving a dispute with a Chinese company over a product development agreement.
- Representing consumer product companies in putative consumer class actions in California federal court involving international supply chain issues.
- Representing financial services company in putative class action in Pennsylvania federal court.
- Representing attorneys in putative legal malpractice class action brought in South Carolina federal court.
- Representing a consumer product company in the Southern District of New York in a commercial dispute alleging claims under the Lanham Act for false advertising.
- Representing a national car dealership company in consumer class actions in South Carolina state court.
- Representing a manufacturer of oil and gas well equipment in a Louisiana state court case against allegations of defective product design.
“Local Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2019-2020
Other Government Service
- Legislative Aide, United States Senator Ernest F. Hollings, 1995-1999