Richard H. Blake

Member;
Cleveland
Columbus
P: 216.348.5839

Richard is a Member and Chair of the firm’s Government Compliance, Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice Group. His impressive background includes more than 30 years of investigative and litigation experience in both government and private practice.  After nearly 20 years as an Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice and Senior Enforcement Attorney with the Department of Treasury, Richard now assists clients in a variety of criminal and civil matters. He has successfully assisted clients in cases involving allegations of healthcare fraud, opioid diversion, public corruption, HIPAA and data breaches, environmental law violations, securities and tax fraud, and government procurement fraud. He also conducts internal investigations tailored for the individual needs of his clients. One investigation he conducted for the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners addressed the potential impact of a large federal public corruption investigation on the county's financial condition and bond rating. The report was released by the county to the public and referred to in the media as "The Blake Report."

Richard is noted for his successful representation of the only public official in Ohio to be acquitted at trial of all corruption charges in the FBI’s largest investigation of public corruption in Northern Ohio. He has also appeared before the United States Congressional House Committee on Energy and Commerce as lead counsel for an Ohio-based pharmaceutical distributor during Congress’ investigation of opioid abuse nationwide.  His experience in handling opioid diversion and related cases as a former federal prosecutor and now in private practice provides his clients with a level of expertise needed in the current environment of increased criminal and civil investigations.

Richard was the first federal prosecutor hired by the Justice Department to exclusively prosecute federal qui tam and civil false claims cases in the Northern District of Ohio, where he specialized in health care and defense procurement fraud cases.  As an Assistant United States Attorney, Richard also worked in the Organized Crime Strike Force and Economic Crimes Unit, where he prosecuted cases involving organized crime racketeering, money laundering, health care fraud, insurance and tax fraud, domestic terrorism, defense procurement fraud, banking and securities fraud, and identity theft.

Richard provides training and advice on government compliance issues, False Claims Act, FCPA and securities matters, cybersecurity and data breaches.  After leaving government service, he continued to serve as an instructor for the FBI, training its agents on health care fraud investigations, Civil False Claims Act and qui tam whistleblower matters, as well as HIPAA compliance issues. He has been a featured speaker for delegations of foreign law enforcement dignitaries visiting the United States with the State Department and Council on World Affairs, speaking on issues including federal criminal procedures, international money laundering, public corruption, and organized crime.  He was honored with the 2006 President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency Award following his successful prosecution of a defense subcontractor who provided defective components to the Navy for use on nuclear submarines. He has also received numerous awards for his work as a federal prosecutor, including those from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Secret Service and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Richard earned a J.D. from St. John's University in 1988. He received a B.B.A from City University of New York, Baruch College, in 1984.

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