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Beckler, Richard W.
Richard W. Beckler
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Richard Beckler is a partner in Bracewell's white collar defense practice and head of the litigation practice in Washington, D.C. His practice focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation, including defense of corporate and individual clients, both foreign and domestic, in investigations and at trial. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Beckler is a former Chief of the Criminal Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he headed a task force on foreign payment cases and worked closely with officials from the Department of the Treasury, the SEC and the Department of State. He also represented Admiral John Poindexter in the Iran-Contra investigation and Bill Casey, former CIA Director, in "Debategate," an FBI and grand jury investigation involving debate briefing books stolen before a debate between President Carter and President-elect Reagan.

His current cases involve securities fraud, criminal and civil antitrust matters including price fixing and bid riggings, cartels, false statements, RICO, banking fraud, oil and gas pricing schemes, government procurement fraud, the False Claims Act, internal investigations, insider trading, healthcare fraud, patent and trademark lawsuits, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), environmental criminal defense, class action and shareholder suits. He has experience in both prosecuting and defending major corporations in cases alleging FCPA violations, and has advised numerous clients on FCPA due diligence and compliance programs.

Mr. Beckler was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Publications and Speeches

Co-author, "Broker-Dealer Arbitration," Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, ABA Section of Litigation (2005).

"Parallel Proceedings," Lawyers' Desk Book on White-Collar Crime, National Legal Center for the Public Interest (1991).

Co-author, "Principal White Collar Crimes," Business Crimes, A Guide for Corporate and Defense Counsel (1982).


J.D., Fordham University School of Law
B.A., Williams College

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 3rd, and 10th Circuits
U.S. District Court Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Executive Committee, Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court


Legalease, The Legal 500 United States, Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2013-2015
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, 1983-2017
Thomson Reuters, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2008, 2013-2016
Special Commendations from the Department of Justice
   Outstanding Service in the Criminal Division (4-18-78)
   Special Achievement Award (2-2-75)
   Outstanding Service and Leadership (1973-1979)