Bar Admissions

North Carolina

Education

Yale University, J.D., 2006; Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal, 2005-06

Harvard College, A.B., summa cum laude, 2003, Phi Beta Kappa

Profile

Rich Worf has represented clients in all phases of civil litigation and has extensive experience in mass tort and insurance coverage litigation.

Rich was part of the trial team representing the debtor in the In re Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy case in a proceeding to determine his client's aggregate responsibility for thousands of current and future mesothelioma claims. The trial resulted in a nationally recognized ruling accepting the debtor's liability estimate of $125 million and rejecting the estimate of asbestos claimants that exceeded $1 billion. Rich regularly represents clients seeking permanent resolutions of mass tort liabilities in bankruptcy, or defending putative mass tort class actions. Rich also advises businesses on mass tort issues when purchasing or investing in distressed assets or conducting corporate restructurings.

Rich co-chairs the firm's Insurance Coverage Practice Group. He represents policyholders, exclusively, in insurance coverage disputes and counsels clients with respect to their coverage needs.

Rich also practices general commercial litigation. His experiences include successfully defending a public company merger and obtaining a published appellate ruling approving his client's real estate development.

Honors & Awards

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable R. Lanier Anderson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2006-07

Experience

Experience

News & Events

News

Events

Insights

  • Time to Appeal from a Confidential Order Begins to Run When Notice of the Ruling is Entered on the Docket
    Winter 2014
    The Appellate Quarterly
  • D.C. Circuit Uses Mandamus to Force Federal Agency to Comply with Congressional Mandate, Regardless of Availability of Funding
    Fall 2013
    The Appellate Quarterly
  • November 2011
    Westlaw Journal - Class Action
  • A Comparative Study of the Corporate and LLC Laws of North Carolina and Delaware
    2010
    NCBA, Business Law Section
  • The Effect of State Law on the Judge-Jury Relationship in Federal Court
    2009
    30 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 109 (2009)
  • Second Circuit Case Expands Corporate Liability Under Alien Tort Statute
    2009
    NCBA, International Law Section
  • 2007
    23 Touro L. Rev. 93 (2007)

Affiliations

Community Affiliations

  • Avondale Presbyterian Church, Elder, 2019-21
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class 41
  • Charlotte Symphony, Board of Trustees
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