Richard T. McDermott

Adjunct Professor of Law

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 917 797 6402

46 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128


  • Retired Partner, Clifford Chance. Over thirty years as an attorney representing major United States and European corporations in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, corporate finance transactions, consensual debt restructurings, bankruptcy reorganizations and other significant corporate matters.
  • Senior Advisor to the investment banking firm Old Post Management LLC.
  • Teaches Corporate Transactions: Finance And Litigation.
  • Has taught Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance for 23 years at Fordham Law School; previously he was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, for a number of years, teaching the same class.
  • Adviser to the 2018 Regional Runner-up Fordham Law School Team in the
    National  Law Meets M&A Practice Moot Court Type Competition.
  • Lecturer at a number of Centro de Estudios Garrigues LL. M. Programs
    in International Transactions.
  • Mediator and Arbitrator of corporate, complex commercial and securities law disputes. Special Master at the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, First Department.
  • Expert Witness in various litigation matters involving various corporate
  • Member of the TriBar Legal Opinion Committee; active in the preparation of its Reports on various aspects of legal opinion practice,
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Metal Forms Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Also on the Board of the Clifford Chance Foundation.

Professional Affiliations

Former Member of Faculty of the Clifford Chance Academy for the development of lawyers. Member, American and New York State Bar Associations; NYSBA Business Law Section, Securities Regulation Committee, TriBar Legal Opinion Committee; and the ABA Business Law Section Legal Opinion Committee.


Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance (6th ed. 2023) (casebook which has been used in twenty-two U.S. law schools).

Author, Chapter 3 (Legal Opinions on Corporate Matters), Co-author, Chapters 1 and 2 (Introduction and Elements of Opinion Letters, respectively) of the Treatise Legal Opinion Letters a Comprehensive Guide to Opinion Practice (2017).

Book Review of the two-volume work on U.S. Securities Law for International Financial Transactions and Capital Markets, published in 23 Fordham Int'l. L.J. 1179 (2000).

Articles entitled Neue Methoden bei Unternehmenskäufen in den U.S.A. (New Methods in Corporate Acquisitions in the U.S.A.), 12 Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft 957 (1990) (with Dr. Klaus H. Jander).

The Duties of the Board of Directors of a U.S. Business Corporation in the Context of a Corporate Takeover, 2 University of Adelaide, Australia Corporate and Business Law Journal 119 (1989).

Mailing Address

Fordham University School of Law
Legal Writing Program
150 West 62nd Street, Room 7-175
New York, NY 10023