Rich Palmer draws on his 15 years of experience as an in-house counsel in the financial services industry to give his clients deep insights into regulatory and dispute resolution processes. Global financial companies turn to Rich to defend them in employment litigation, to draft and implement employment policies, to negotiate contracts related to employment, and to counsel them on a broad range of labor and employment, human resources, and employee benefits issues.
A tough and direct adversary, Rich stands ready to take matters all the way through trial. He regularly represents financial services clients in FINRA arbitrations and defends the interests of shareholders in cases involving contract disputes and related allegations. He also has represented employers at both the trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts, and before administrative bodies. Senior management value his succinct, practical advice in which Rich balances cost, the equities of the situation, a strict reading of the law, and public perception.
Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Rich was an employment attorney at a global financial services company, where, among other things, he advised human resources managers on employment-related issues, managed litigation, and drafted employment agreements and executive compensation arrangements. He previously worked as a Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel, and Head of Employment Law for an investment banking firm.