Richard L. Scheff
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7502
F: 215-772-7620

New York Office

437 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

P: 212-551-7719
F: 212-551-1939


Richard L. Scheff is a Partner and Executive Chairman of the law firm of Montgomery McCracken. He is also a member of the firm’s management committee. Mr. Scheff previously served as the firm’s Chairman from 2009-2016. Under his leadership as Chairman, Montgomery McCracken greatly expanded its presence in New York City with the 2012 addition of the partners from Kurzman Karelsen & Frank, and he oversaw the addition of lateral talent in the maritime, corporate, real estate and white collar practice areas.

With a special emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical device companies and the financial services industry, Mr. Scheff’s government and corporate investigations practice focuses on False Claims Act matters, off-label promotion, pricing issues, compliance programs, securities fraud, insider trading and civil fraud and other white collar criminal and fraud matters. His representations involving colleges and universities include FERPA, Clery Act compliance and campus safety and security, government issues involving student aid, and matters relating to disciplinary or criminal conduct by students. Mr. Scheff’s representative clients include Schering-Plough, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and AHP Settlement Trust.

In 2014, Mr. Scheff led the defense team in the high-profile court-martial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, of U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, in which the court imposed no jail sentence and no dismissal from service. The court granted defense’s motion to dismiss for unlawful command influence upon reconsideration, finding unlawful command influence in connection with offer to plead. BG Jeffrey Sinclair, a 27-year military veteran, was sentenced to forfeit $5,000 a month in pay for four months and given a letter of reprimand for his actions.

In 1995, Mr. Scheff was designated by President Clinton to serve as the assistant secretary of the treasury for law enforcement. As a consultant to the Department of the Treasury, he had supervisory authority over the Secret Service, Custom Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Presidential Security, as well as the other law enforcement functions of the Department. He consulted with the Department regarding the incidents at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, White House Security, and efforts to combat international money laundering, as well as other issues.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Mr. Scheff had a distinguished career as the chief of the Corruption/Labor Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he had supervisory responsibility for more than 10 trial attorneys and all public corruption and labor racketeering prosecutions. As a member of the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 1983, he supervised cases such as the Five Squad police corruption case and the prosecution of the president of District Council 33.

Mr. Scheff was the lead attorney and trial counsel in the investigation of Roofers Union Locals 30/30B. He served as prosecution of the Roofers Union officials, the organized crime associates and the subsequent wide-ranging judicial corruption investigation, which led to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s removal from office of approximately 12 Philadelphia judges.

Mr. Scheff prosecuted and supervised many significant fraud matters including defense contractor fraud cases, the Guiffre Hospital cases and the Guerin/Ferrante fraud matter involving illegal arms sales to Iraq and South Africa.

Mr. Scheff speaks on various topics including responding to government investigations and search warrants, criminal investigative techniques, health care compliance, compliance programs, the attack on Miranda Warnings, labor racketeering laws and charging professionals with crimes. His audiences have included industry groups, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He has served as a lecturer at area law schools including New York University, Villanova, Temple, Widener and Rutgers University.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

Community Involvement

  • Philadelphia VIP
    – Board of directors
  • Partnership in After School Education (PASE), a child-focused organization that promotes and supports quality afterschool programs, particularly those serving young people from underserved communities
    – President
  • Gettysburg College
    – Board of trustees
  • Suffolk University Law School
    – Dean Advisory Council
    – Alumni board and the University Alumni Council, former president

Honors & Awards

  • Named 2015 Afterschool Champion by the Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
  • Recognized as a Top Ranked Attorney by Chambers USA in the area of “Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations” for Pennsylvania
  • Named to Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers,” 2004 – 2018
  • Awarded the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1988

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • American Bar Association
    Mid-Atlantic Region of the White Collar Crime Section, chairman
  •  Pennsylvania Bar Association
    Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Academic Achievements

Mr. Scheff graduated, cum laude, from Gettysburg College in 1977. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 1981. While at Suffolk, he was editor in chief of the Suffolk Transnational Law Journal and appeared on the dean’s list each year.