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Richard S. Horvath Jr.

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Richard S. Horvath Jr. focuses his practice on representing directors, officers, and companies in stockholder class actions and derivative litigation.  He has successfully defended claims alleging violations of the federal securities laws, breaches of fiduciary duty by directors or officers, and failures of corporate governance. 

He also regularly advises clients on issues involving corporate law, the federal securities laws, corporate governance, stockholder activism, and the investments of significant stockholders in public and private companies.  For example, he has advised companies in responding to demands made by stockholders under state law seeking either changes to corporate policy, the commencement of litigation, or access to board books and records.  He also has advised companies on internal governance matters, including internal controls.

He has represented directors and officers in connection with internal investigations and responding to inquiries from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Rick's pro bono matters have included representing two families in a successful challenge to a public school district’s prayer practices, obtaining a precedent-setting decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

From 2013 through 2017, Rick was recognized as a Rising Star in securities litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine.  Rick writes frequently about legal and business issues relevant to directors and officers, including developments in shareholder litigation and oversight duties.


  • California Bar Association
  • Society for Corporate Governance


Rick received his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2004. He received his M.S. from Lehigh University in 2001 and his B.A. from Lehigh University in 1999.  


  • California
  • Delaware


  • All California state and federal courts
  • U.S. District Court for Delaware