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Richard Decker

rdecker@raineslaw.com
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Phone: (310) 734-0400
Fax: (424) 239-1297

1800 Avenue of the Stars, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90067

Richard Decker is a partner at Raines Feldman LLP and is chair of the firm's Health Care Industry Group. He has over thirty years of successful experience in this field, regularly defending against multi-million dollar claims and obtaining multi-million dollar awards. In addition to health care issues, Richie has considerable expertise in matters that pertain to the automobile, entertainment, real estate, and sports industries. Among numerous high profile cases, Richard served as one of three lead trial lawyers in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in City of Anaheim v. Angels Baseball LP name change case.

Education

J.D., Boston University School of Law

B.A., Union College
cum laude

Admissions State Bar of California
State Bar of New York
Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Courts for the Central
Southern and Northern Districts of California
Significant Engagements
  • Represents numerous major health care organizations in a wide variety of provider and other business disputes
  • Represents one of the largest automobile manufacturers against consumer and product defect claims
  • Represents major banks and other lending institutions against consumer claims
  • One of three lead trial lawyers for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in City of Anaheim v. Angels Baseball LP name change case
  • Obtained multi-million dollar binding arbitration award on behalf of major California health plan against large hospital chain for breach of contract
  • Obtained multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of building products distributor against competitor in misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition action
  • Member of trial team in class action litigation defending large newspaper company against labor code claims based on allegations that its home delivery newspaper carriers were improperly classified as independent contractors, instead of employees, and entitled to over $100 million in damages. After 6 weeks of trial, the case settled on terms favorable to the client
  • Successfully defended IPA and its shareholders against claims by participating physicians of improper underpayments and withholds
  • Despite absence of enforceable non-compete clause, client (buyer of medical practice) prevailed in breach of contract action against seller
  • Represented participants in an eight figure business valuation suit adverse to major medical technology and pharmacological manufacturer involved in medical devices and technology
  • Successfully defended seven figure wrongful termination and alleged harassment claim by physician against medical group and chief of medical staff
  • Successfully defended major outdoor advertising company against multi-million dollar claims brought by competitor
  • Prevented radiologist from being expelled from radiology partnership, obtaining dissolution and seven figure valuation of goodwill
  • Represented prominent nationwide insurance company in several national cases involving fraudulent worker's compensation insurance polices
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of one of country's largest swimming pool builders against competing swimming pool builder in Riverside Superior Court antitrust action involving market share and tying issues
  • Represented clients in real estate disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, land use issues
  • Represented numerous clients in construction related mediations and arbitrations
  • Defended materials suppliers, building products manufacturers and subcontractors in construction defect litigation
  • Pursued construction defect cases against developers, general contractors and subcontractors
Publications
  • Trauma Contract Ambiguities Can Potentially Cost Health Plans Big Money (Health Plan & Provider, BNA, Inc., Vol. 14, No. 14)
  • Hospital Claims Submitted to Health Plans: Timely Or Not, That is The Question (Health Plan & Provider, BNA, Inc., Vol. 14, No. 11)
Professional Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of "AV"
  • Southern California Super Lawyer (2007 - 2013)
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