J. Douglas Richards is Managing Partner of Cohen Milstein’s New York office and a partner in its antitrust practice group. Mr. Richards has extensive expertise in class action practice and commercial litigation relating to diverse trade regulation issues, including antitrust and commodity regulation as well as related issues of patent law. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein in 2009, Mr. Richards served as head of the antitrust practice groups at two other leading class action law firms, and prior to that as Deputy General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he received a Special Service Award for exemplary accomplishment. His general preeminence in legal practice has been recognized by the leading peer review organizations, including by being named one of 22 Antitrust “Litigation Stars” nationally by Benchmark Plaintiff Litigation, by New York Super Lawyers (2012, 2011) and by receiving the highest available peer ranking from Martindale-Hubbell. He has written extensively about class actions, having twice authored chapters for books edited by the American Antitrust Institute covering complex issues of class action practice, as well as various law reviews and other publications. Leading antitrust organizations frequently recognize his expertise by inviting him to speak on wide-ranging issues of substantive antitrust law, civil procedure and class actions.