Richard M. Gelb

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Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Beverly, MA

Gelb & Gelb LLP
 | 900 Cummings Center, Suite 207-V
Beverly, MA 01915
Phone: 617-345-0010
Fax: 617-345-0009
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (40%),
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Richard M. Gelb, a partner and co-founder of Gelb & Gelb LLP, is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of New York, District of Columbia, United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and District of Connecticut, United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of New York University (B.A.) and Boston College Law School (J.D.).

    Mr. Gelb is an experienced trial lawyer who has been practicing since 1973.  He represents clients in federal and state court litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. He concentrates in the areas business litigation, white collar crime defense and regulatory proceedings.

    He received the highest ratings from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (“AV”) and AVVO (“10 - Superb”). He has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than fifteen years and is listed in the following practice areas: Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Securities and Litigation and Banking and Finance (in which area he is named as 2020 “Lawyer for the Year - Boston”).  He is also included in America’s Top 100 Bet-the-Company Litigators®, New England Super Lawyers® and Massachusetts Super Lawyers®.

    Mr. Gelb is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, American Bar Foundation and Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

     

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%Securities Litigation
    • 40%Business Litigation
    • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 17 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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    About Richard Gelb

    Admitted: 1973, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage: http://www.gelbgelb.com/Team-Profiles/Richard-M-Gelb.aspx

    Honors/Awards:

    • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Trial lawyer association by invitation, Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    • Who's Who in the World
    • Highest Rating (AV), Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
    • New England Super Lawyers
    • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers
    • Massachusetts Super Lawyers

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Boston Inn of Court, Past President
    • Boston Bar Association, Securities Law Committee Broker-Dealer Subcommittee, Member
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, State Bench-Bar Forum Committee, Member
    • State of New York
    • Boston Patent Law Association, Trade Secrets Committee, former Co-Chair
    • United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Committee on Ethics, Member
    • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • Boston Bar Association, Task Force on Civility in the Legal Profession, Member
    • United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts
    • United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Council, Member
    • Massachusetts Bar Association, Business Litigation Committee, Member
    • Boston Bar Association, Fee Disputes Committee, Member
    • District of Columbia
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • American Inns of Court Foundation, Leadership Council, Board of Trustees, Member
    • Suffolk University Law School Litigation American Inn of Court, Former Co-President
    • Suffolk University Law School Litigation American Inn of Court, Founder
    • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
    • American Inns of Court Foundation, State Liaison for Massachusetts
    • Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Life Member

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Article, Co-Author, Fiduciary Liability Of Professionals Under ERISA, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, March 22, 2004 (second installment)
    • Faculty, Taking Depositions Workshop, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., March 2009
    • Faculty, How to Protect Corporate Information When Investigating and Responding to Pre-litigation Claims, Massachusetts Bar Association's Business Law and Civil Litigation Sections, New England Corporate Counsel Association and Center for Law and Technology at Boston University School of Law, March 1994
    • Article, Co-Author, Transferring the Departing Broker's Customer Accounts: A Massachusetts Judge's Application of NASD Rule 2110-7, Securities Arbitration Commentator, Vol. 2005, No. 6
    • Faculty, Managing e-Discovery During Internal Investigations, Fios, Inc., March 2009
    • Faculty, Securities Arbitration - Training the Litigant, American Arbitration Association, April 1994
    • Article, Co-Author, Transferring the Departing Broker's Customer Accounts: A Massachusetts Judge's Application of NASD Rule 2110-7, Securities Arbitration Commentator, Vol. 2005, No. 6
    • Faculty, Electronic Discovery & Evidence, Evolving issues in practice and procedure, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., May 2009
    • Faculty, Statute of Limitations for Section 10(b) Actions and the SROS' Eligibility Rule, Fourth Annual New England Securities Conference, Bar Associations of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, June 1994
    • Article, Co-Author, Government Manipulation of Regulatory and Criminal Investigations: A New Judicial Willingness to Scrutinize, Securities Litigation Journal, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Securities Litigation Committee, Vol. 16, No.4, Summer 2000
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, E-Discovery for In-House Counsel, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., February 2010
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, A Practical Skills Course in Commercial Arbitration, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., October 1994
    • Article, Co-Author, Avoiding Pitfalls When Conducting Corporate Internal Investigations, White Collar Crime Report, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Vol. 1, No. 24, December 22, 2006
    • Faculty, E-Discovery Update: The Latest Cases, Trends and Tips for Civil and Criminal Trial Lawyers, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, March 2010
    • Faculty, Arbitrating Securities Industry Disputes, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., July 1995
    • Faculty, Arbitrating Securities Industry Disputes, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., August 1996
    • Case Comment, Criminal Law - Forfeiture of Automobile Subject to Security Interest, 67Massachusetts Law Review 43, Winter 1982
    • Book, Contributing Author, Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts (Co-author, Chapter 20, Ethical Issues for Civil Litigators), Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., c. 1992, 1995, 1997, 2002
    • Faculty, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., June 1997
    • Case Comment, Civil Procedure - Effect of Failure of Party to Respond to Request for Admission of Facts, 68 Massachusetts Law Review89, June 1983
    • Book, Contributor, Traps for the Unwary, Massachusetts Bar association, 4th Edition, c. 1995, 1999, 2004
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Handling an SEC Investigation, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., August 1997
    • Case Comment, Tort Law - Breach of Fiduciary Duty - Employees' Establishment of Competing Business - Measure of Damages, 69 Massachusetts Law Review 93, June 1984
    • Book, Contributing Author, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Manual (Co-author, Chapter 2, Part I, Written Advocacy in the Superior Court), Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., c. 1997, 2002
    • Faculty, A Lawyer's Tips for Investing Wisely, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Boston Bar Association Business Section Securities Law Committee, March 1998
    • Book, Co-Author, Massachusetts E-Discovery and Evidence: Preservation Through Trial, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., c. 2009
    • Faculty, Developments in Intellectual Property Law: Developments in Non-Competition Law, Massachusetts Software Council Legal Issues Series, April 1998
    • Article, Author, How to Recover Use and Occupancy Fees, 8 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 1980
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Shareholder Litigation, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., April 1998
    • Article, Author, The Unreliability of Children's Expression of Preference in Domestic Relations Litigation: A Legal Approach, 69 Massachusetts Law Review 10, March 1984
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Shareholder Litigation, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., July 1999
    • Article, Author, How to Prepare a Plaintiff's Trial Notebook, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Winter 1984
    • Article, Author, Standard Paragraphs in Interrogatories (with Forms), 28 The Practical Lawyer 51, 1982, reprinted in The Practical Lawyer's Manual on Pre-Trial Preparation No. 2, 1986
    • Faculty, Non-Competition Agreements, Boston Bar Association, 12th Annual Spotlight on Labor & Employment Law, December 1998
    • Article, Author, Counsel, Client, Court and Costs: Perspective, Boston Business Journal, Vol. 10, No. 25, p. 10, August 13, 1990
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Trade Secrets, Boston Patent Law Association, May 1999
    • Article, Author, Federal Civil Practice: Analysis of Local Rules Changes, 19 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 613, December 17, 1990
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Covenants Not to Compete in Massachusetts, Lorman Education Services, September 1999
    • Article, Author, The Federal Court's New Expense and Delay Reduction Plan in Review, Massachusetts Bar Association Civil Litigation Section News, Vol. XIV, No. 3, April 1992
    • Faculty, Arbitration Practice and Update 2002, Opportunities and Risks, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., October 2002
    • Article, Author, The Importance of Using an Outside Expert in Litigation
    • Chair and Faculty, Developing, Using and Dismantling Expert Testimony, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., February 2003
    • Article, Author, Grant Thornton Securities & Commodities Highlights, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 1994
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Enforcing and Defending Against Non-Competes: Strategies in the Down Economy, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., April 2003
    • Article, Author, The Work Product Doctrine in the Corporate Setting, Massachusetts Bar Association Civil Litigation Section News, Vol. 16, No. 3, May 1994
    • Faculty, A Securities Litigator's Tour for Financial Planners Through the Maze of Regulation, Arbitration and Litigation: The Domino Effect of a Customer Complaint, The Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts Regional Conference, May 2003
    • Article, Author, Commercial Arbitration: Selecting the Arbitrators and Presenting the Case, 6 Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education: The Best of MCLE Journal 2, February 1995
    • Faculty, Fiduciary Liability: Professionals on the Firing Line, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, New England Chapter, January 2004
    • Article, Co-Author, The Massachusetts Wrongful Death Act, 13 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 9878, April 15, 1985
    • Faculty, Drafting Litigation Documents Trial Advocacy Workshop: Results - Drafting for Civil Litigation, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., June 2005
    • Article, Co-Author, Focus on the Statute of Frauds - Section 4: A Pitfall for the Unwary Creditor, 18 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 5, August 13, 1990
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Representing Directors, Officers and Employees in Securities Cases, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., April 2005
    • Article, Co-Author, Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance, 19 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2141, August 5, 1991
    • Faculty, MCLE Civil and Criminal Trial Advocacy Workshop, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., July 2005
    • Article, Co-Author, The Accountant's Role in Presenting a Company's Financial Statements, 22 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2179, June 27, 1994
    • Faculty, Drafting Litigation Documents Wordshop, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., June 2006
    • Faculty, Financial Planner Liability: A Comprehensive Discussion Including the 'F' Word, Financial Planning Association's Annual Conference and Exposition, October 2006
    • Article, Co-Author, Q&A: Enforcing Non-Competition Agreements, Boston Business Journal, Vol. 18, No. 31, p.31, September 11-17, 1998
    • Moderator and Faculty, Committing Your Company to Arbitration: Benefits and Pitfalls, New England Legal Foundation, May 2007
    • Article, Co-Author, The Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements, 27 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 159, September 28, 1998
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Representing Family Businesses in Disputes, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., May 2007
    • Article, Co-Author, Focus on Employment Law: Sufficient Consideration for Non-Compete Agreements, 29 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly1135, January 22, 2001
    • Faculty, Drafting Litigation Documents Workshop, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., June 2007
    • Article, Co-Author, Tenth Circuit Holding: NASD Arbitration Panel Can Dismiss A Claim Without Discovery or A Hearing, Securities Arbitration Commentator, Vol. XII, No. 2 & 3, pp 6-7, December 2001
    • Faculty, International Quality & Productivity Center, Pre-Conference Workshop: Identifying and Preserving Potentially Relevant Data Sources At The Onset Of A Legal Matter Or Internal Investigation, 2nd E-Discovery: Pharma, Biotech and Medical Devices, June 2007
    • Co-Chair and Faculty, Shareholder Disputes in Closely-held Corporations, Massachusetts Bar Association, Fall and Spring, 1993
    • Article, Co-Author, Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine in Massachusetts, 30 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 3761, December 24, 2001
    • Faculty, Drafting Litigation Documents Workshop 2008, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., June 2008
    • Faculty, Securities Litigation and Arbitration, The Greater Boston Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners Quarterly Educational Seminar, Spring 1993
    • Article, Co-Author, Conflicts of Interests Give Rise to New Regs, The Boston Law Tribune, Vol.2, No. 6, p.19, June 2002
    • Faculty, Taking Depositions Workshop, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., October 2008
    • Faculty, Use of Experts, National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.'s Training for Securities Arbitrators, September, 1993
    • Article, Co-Author, Down Economy Makes Conflict Resolution More Vital,  13 Mass High Tech, October 14-20, 2002
    • Faculty, Navigating the Madoff Recovery Maze, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., March 2009
    • Article, Author, A Method for Organizing Your Civil Litigation Files, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Spring 1980
    • Article, Co-Author, Fiduciary Liability of Professionals Under ERISA, 32 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 1567, March 11, 2004 (first installment)

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Fellow

    Educational Background:

    • Boston College Law School, J.D., 1973
    • New York University, B.A., 1969
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    900 Cummings Center
    Suite 207-V
    Beverly, MA 01915

    Phone: 617-345-0010

    Fax: 617-345-0009

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