Adam Richards




Bachelors degree in Politics, the University of Hull, Humberside, England, 1987

The Law Society of England and Wales Common Professional Examination, London Guildhall University, London, England, 1989

Juris Doctor (cum laude), New York Law School, New York 1996


New York

Second Circuit Court of Appeals


The Legal Aid Society 2001 Pro Bono Publico Award


New York County Lawyer’s Association and New York State Bar Association, Member of the Family Law section

Adam’s concentration is in the field of matrimonial and family law. He advises clients in contested and uncontested divorce proceedings, child custody proceedings, support proceedings, child re-location proceedings, domestic violence proceedings and post-judgment enforcement proceedings. He also advises clients during the divorce mediation process. Adam has litigated and tried contested divorce actions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester County, Rockland County and Orange County. He has represented clients at both the trial and appellate level during civil contempt proceedings. He also has significant experience advising clients in connection with the Hague Convention, international child custody laws and parental kidnapping laws as they apply to international child custody disputes overseas and has represented clients as far afield as India, Japan, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Spain.

In addition to this broad background in matrimonial and family law litigation, Adam has negotiated and drafted hundreds of pre and post nuptial agreements, separation agreements and agreements to settle contested and uncontested proceedings.

Adam also has substantial experience in the field of commercial litigation having previously worked at large New York law firms. He has tried cases at the Federal and State Court level and has handled appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals as well as New York state’s First and Second Appellate Departments, New York’s Appellate Term and New York’s highest Court, the New York Court of Appeals. Adam brings a broad and diverse background to his clients, having handled matters in many different areas including commercial contract disputes, co-op and condo disputes, libel and slander actions, copyright and trademark disputes, shareholder disputes and partnership disputes. Adam has also arbitrated and mediated matters before the American Arbitration Association
and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Adam also has significant experience representing medical professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) during both the investigative and adjudicatory phases of complaints concerning alleged medical misconduct.

Prior to founding OSR with his partners Michael O’Reilly and Mark Stoutenburg, for the last seven years Adam ran his own successful solo practice where he learned the value of creative, cost-efficient and, above all else, effective representation of his clients.

Adam was born in England, and immigrated to New York in 1990, where he has resided ever since. He lives in Brooklyn and is married to Claudia Cantarella, General Counsel to Broadway Technology LLC. He has three children, Jacob, Lucas and Zoe.

Adam coaches children’s soccer for AYSO, has coached children’s travel soccer for the Downtown United Soccer Club in Manhattan and on any given Monday (sometimes Tuesday) can be found playing in the Urban Soccer League for Albion FC, the club he co-founded almost 20 years ago.

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