Richard Gallena

Senior Associate

Washington, D.C.

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Rich Gallena is a managing associate in Orrick's White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance group.  His practice focuses on defending companies and individuals in government investigations involving complex white collar matters.

Rich represents companies and individuals in anti-corruption enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).  Rich also advises clients in sanctions proceedings brought by Multi-Lateral Development Banks such as the World Bank and African Development Bank.

Rich’s practice entails conducting internal investigations with a focus on potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  Rich has experience with unique anti-corruption concerns that vary by region and industry.  He has conducted investigations in South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and worked with a variety of multinational companies across several different industries, including:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Medical Device
  • Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC)
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Pharmaceuticals  

Rich also works with clients to improve compliance programs with an emphasis on the FCPA and other anti-corruption and anti-bribery laws.  He frequently assists clients with anti-corruption diligence related to potential acquisitions and joint venture partners.

Prior to focusing on white collar defense, Rich represented companies in complex civil litigation.  His work included contribution actions under the federal CERCLA statute, insurance coverage disputes involving environmental and mass tort liabilities, and bankruptcy proceedings.  Through Orrick’s partnership with the National Veterans Legal Services Program, Rich works with wounded veterans seeking disability benefits for service-related injuries.  

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2014: Cyber Insecurities in the Board Room

Data breaches and cyber-attacks dominated headlines during 2014. As the dust from the Target data breach settled, corporate America watched as well-respected companies came forward with their own public disclosures. The attacks varied in design and spanned industries: within the retail sector, Target and Home Depot were breached; within the finance sector, J.P. Morgan revealed that it suffered a breach that affected 76 million households; and Community Health Systems—a publicly traded company that operates 206 hospitals—reported in August that Chinese hackers stole medical records from 4.5 million patients. The sources of the data breaches range from high school students to foreign governments. In addition to intentional attacks, the public discovered that an encryption flaw dubbed “Heartbleed” had opened a window for the past two-and-one-half years through which hackers could steal personal information with little risk of detection. READ MORE