Richard P. Campbell '70
Since founding Campbell Trial Lawyers in 1983, Richard Campbell has
been a driving force in the growth and increasing prominence of the
firm as a Tier 1 national trial firm. Dick Campbell primarily
represents national and international corporations in complex
cases, including multi-district litigation, class actions,
aviation, toxic tort, and products liability disputes.
A 1970 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston, Campbell also represents clients in commercial disputes, including contests over the control of closely held corporations. He is one of seven national trial counsel for Caterpillar Inc., and, in August 2009, after five years of contentious litigation, concluded a nationally certified class action with decertification of the class, an involuntary dismissal with prejudice, and an assessment of costs against the class representative.
Dick Campbell is lead trial counsel for one of the commercial airlines in the litigation pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York arising out of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein appointed him to the Aviation Defendants’ Executive Committee (ADEC) as Representative of the Non-Carrier Airlines Group. Under the leadership of its Liaison Counsel, Desmond T. Barry, Jr., the ADEC is responsible for coordinating the overall management of the procedural aspects of the litigation.
Dick has been called on frequently as a speaker to address the Victims Compensation Fund created by Congress. After September 11th, he was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to the ABA’s Task Force on Terrorism and the Law and serves also as Chair of the Task Force on the September 11th Victim Compensations Fund.
Dick is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and holds or has held numerous significant positions. He is the immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Featured in Boston Magazine, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Boston Business Journal, Dick is also a frequent resource for television and radio programs on topics such as litigation, social host liability, and the law.
Dick has been instrumental in the progress of the UMass Boston Board of Visitors and helped write the board’s by-laws. He is also a generous donor to UMass Boston.
Dick is an avid golfer and has played many of the world’s most challenging courses. He lives on Massachusetts’ South Shore with his family.