Rich has extensive experience in all aspects of complex litigation, including employment law, environmental law, class actions, mass torts, regulatory investigations, contract disputes, commercial litigation, personal injury/premises liability, and data privacy and cyber security matters. Rich has traveled throughout the country, including Puerto Rico, to conduct discovery, depositions and perform investigations.
Rich devotes a substantial part of his practice to labor and employment litigation and counseling, handling matters involving discrimination and harassment allegations, wage and hour issues, issues pertaining to leaves of absence and disability accommodations, unfair labor practices, as well as whistleblower claims. Rich also counsels clients with respect to internal investigations and interviews of both current and former employees.
Rich’s practice also includes counseling clients in all areas of toxic tort and environmental law, including compliance with laws and regulations governing underground storage tanks, soil and groundwater contamination. His practice includes the representation of large petroleum chemical and energy companies in litigation where claimants have sought, inter alia, diminution in value to property, economic and non-economic damages, cleanup and response costs, Natural Resource Damages, and claims involving physical and psychological injuries as a result of exposure to contamination or hazardous products.
As appropriate, Rich also regularly advises clients on the best approaches to avoid litigation. He also works with clients to develop strategies for anticipated or pending litigation, often acting as a liaison between clients and regulatory agencies to achieve mutually beneficial solutions to various issues.
Rich represents both individuals and businesses in matters that arise as a result of a catastrophic accident or event, and has handled cases involving pipeline collisions, construction and product defects, personal abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, and automobile accidents, among other claims.
Rich also assists companies in commercial litigation matters involving general business, real estate and commercial contracts, leases, entity formation and dissolution, alter-ego/fraudulent transfer claims and fraud.
Prior to joining Archer, Rich was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard F. Wells, Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division. He also clerked for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and for the legal department of a national mutual fund company.
Before attending law school, Rich taught reading comprehension and verbal communication for children with learning disabilities. Rich is involved in the leadership of various non-profit, charitable and mentorship organizations throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley.
- Defending a nationwide vendor and supplier for prison commissaries in a multi-party tort action in federal court.
- Obtained favorable result for national petroleum and energy company in a multi-million dollar maritime action in federal court in order to recover repair costs and economic damages as a result of a pipeline collision.
- Defending a nationwide owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes in a variety of commercial disputes.
- Lead counsel in multi-party action involving the diminution in value of commercial property and related claims under New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act.
- Lead counsel in defending a historical dry cleaning operation under New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act.
- Defending a multi-billion dollar action brought by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for cleanup and removal costs and damages associated with the Passaic River. Among other things, analyzing historical discharges and contaminant transport involving hundreds of sites throughout the Passaic River and Newark Bay, as well as addressing complex factual and legal issues concerning causation.
- Defending claims brought in federal court by state natural resource trustee alleging MTBE contamination of surface waters and groundwater.
- Defending multi-billion dollar action brought by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection concerning alleged Natural Resources Damages at a major refinery, involving factual and legal questions concerning the feasibility issues that can arise during remediation and restoration activities of an operating refinery.
- Defeated summary judgment on behalf of client in a Dram Shop matter involving severe injuries and multiple parties.
- Lead counsel in a gross negligence and property damage action against a regional pesticide company.
Professional And Community Involvement
- Co-Chair – Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Committee – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) (current)
- Member of the Board of Directors and Law Student Outreach Co-Chair – Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA) (current)
- Member of the Board of Directors – Asian-Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ) (past)
- Board Member – Recent Graduate Council, Rutgers School of Law | Camden (past)
Other Memberships and Active Roles:
- Energy, Environment, and Sustainability Committee – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
- 2015 – Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA) Participant
- Member – National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA) and Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALA New York)
- Community Outreach Committee – Asian-Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA)
- Young Lawyers Committee Member – Camden County Bar Association
- Mentor – Rutgers School of Law Journal of Law and Religion Alumni Network
- 2009 Alumni of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG)
Awards And Recognition
- Recent Graduate Award (Rutgers University School of Law), 2017
- Distinguished Community Service Award – APALSA, Rutgers School of Law | Camden (2012-13)
- Top Oralist-Preliminary Rounds and Semi-Finalist in the James Hunter Advanced Moot Court Competition (2010)
Articles & Presentations
- Panelist, “Judicial Clerkship Panel” Philadelphia Diversity Law Group’s Judicial Clerkship Seminar (June, 2015).
- Panelist, “Aspiring Leaders in Emerging Areas of Law” National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and National Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) Conference (National Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 2014).
- Panelist, “Judicial Clerkship Panel,” Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (June 2014).
- Panelist, “Recent Graduate Panel,” Rutgers School of Law | Camden, Women’s Law Caucus (Spring 2013).
- Note, “Religion Discrimination or Legitimate Uniform Policy? A Critique and Analysis of the Third Circuit’s Decision to Uphold a Private Prison’s Ban on Employees Wearing Khimars: EEOC v. The Geo Group, Inc.,” Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion’s 12th Volume.