Richard S. Order

Richard S. Order

Shareholder, Hartford

(860) 548-2659

Richard S. Order is a trial lawyer who represents clients in business disputes involving claims such as breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, antitrust, franchise, trademark and patent infringement, false advertising, fraud, business torts, unfair trade practices and competition, civil theft, breach of employment and non-compete agreements, vexatious litigation, and tortious interference in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the country.

Mr. Order has represented clients also in domestic and international arbitrations and mediations before such alternative dispute resolution providers as the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and the National Association of Securities Dealers Dispute Resolution, now merged into FINRA.  Mr. Order serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association's National Roster of Neutrals.

Since 2002, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Order an AV Preeminent ® rating.  Mr. Order has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation (2013-present) and in Connecticut Super Lawyers (2013-present).

For an overview of representative cases Mr. Order has handled over the years, please click here.

Practice FocusEducation
  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, New York, New York, 1981 
    Managing Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • B.A., Classics, summa cum laude, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1978
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Ingraham Prize
Professional & Community Associations
  • American Arbitration Association, Member of the National Roster of Neutrals
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Committee on Corporate Counsel, Co-Chairman ADR Subcommittee (1999-2008)
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Practice Section, Chairman, (1995-98); Treasurer, (1993-95); Secretary, (1992-93); Executive Committee, (1992-present); Franchise Law Section, Executive Committee
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Mandell Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center
    Board of Directors (2015-Present)
  • Town of Simsbury, Connecticut, Former Board of Ethics, Chairman
  • Community Health Services, Inc., Former Board of Directors, Secretary, Executive Committee, and Chairman of Governance Committee
Bar & Court Admissions
  • State of Connecticut
  • State of New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • Effective Written Advocacy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Connecticut Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 14, 2010
  • Doe v. Norwalk Community College Analysis for LexisNexis Expert Commentaries, November 2007
  • Decisions Interpreting Connecticut's Rules of Class Action Procedure in Survey of State Class Action Law, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Annual Report of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee (2006-present, Contributor)
  • Arbitration Freed From American Fee Rule, The Connecticut Law Tribune, Business Litigation Supplement, April 17, 2006
  • Federal Litigation Guide: New York and Connecticut, Matthew Bender, 1998 (Contributor)
  • Staff Privileges Emerge as Managed Care Battleground, Physician's Management, March 1997
  • Judge Restricts Witness-Coaching at Depositions, Connecticut Bar Association Federal Practice Section Newsletter, Fall 1994
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution: Simplified Justice or a Shield for Smoking Guns?, Hartford Business Review, June 1993
  • Washington Turns Up Antitrust Heat on Doctors, interview in Medical Economics, August 5, 1991
  • Lender's Liens Lost, Connecticut Lawyer, May 1991
  • War Correspondents: Military Pawns or Truth Seekers?, The Hartford Courant, Op-Ed Page, March 31, 1991
  • Are Aliens Still a Suspect Class After Norwick?, 11 Columbia Human Rights Law Rev. 227, 1979
Richard S. Order

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