Richard T. McDermott

Adjunct Professor of Law

46 East 91 Street
New York, NY 10128

[email protected]


  • Retired Partner, Clifford Chance

  • Will teach Corporate Transactions: Finance And Litigation.

  • Has taught  Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance for  eighteenth years at Fordham Law School; taught the same course for nineteen years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.

  • Adviser to the 2018 Regional Runner-up Fordham Law School Team in the National  Law Meets Transaction Moot Court Type Competition. 

  • Mediator and Arbitrator of business, corporate, complex commercial and securities law disputes. Financial and business advisor in connection with various corporate transactions.

  • Over thirty years as an attorney representing major United States and European corporations in cross border domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, corporate finance transactions, consensual debt restructurings, bankruptcy reorganizations and other significant corporate matters.

  • Expertise in the U.S. securities laws, the preparation of Proxy Statements and Reports to Stockholders, dealings with analysts and representatives of the financial press, as well as the preparation of Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Advisory and mediation experience concerning business valuation and accounting issues.

  • Twenty- seven year member of the TriBar Legal Opinion Committee; active in the preparation of its Reports on various aspects of legal opinion practice,

  • Member of the Financial Advisory Team as well as the Board of Directors of Metal Forms Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Also on the Boards of Woodstock Property, Inc., Woodstock, New York and the Clifford Chance Foundation.

  • Senior Advisor to Old Post Management LLC.

  • Lecturer at the 2018 Centro de Estudios Garrigues LL. M. Program in International Transactions.

Professional Affiliations

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.


Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance (5th ed. 2013) (used in twenty-two U.S. law schools) and accompanying 2016 Supplement.

Author, (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