Richard’s clients seek his trusted advice on health care reform, class action wage and hour claims, employee benefits, discrimination claims and union-related issues. He has over 35 years of experience in labor & employment law; his practice involves extensive representation and defense of discrimination claims against financial and service sector companies, as well as health care and national retail chains. He has also represented multi-national manufacturing operations in the aerospace, rubber, paper and textile industries on traditional labor matters. He has counseled a wide variety of employers, from grocery chains to health care facilities, on union avoidance issues. In 2006, he successfully persuaded the NLRB to clarify rules regarding decertification during existing contracts. On behalf of companies, he has also conducted litigation before the NLRB on critical union access and card check issues. He has appeared in the courts or state agencies in 27 states representing corporate defendants.
Since 1991, Richard has also been recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on representing companies in compliance audits for H-1B non-immigrant aliens conducted by the U. S. Department of Labor and he negotiated the first consent decree with the Department. He has represented corporations in a variety of industries, including several international computer consulting and software design companies, in over 30 audits in 17 states. His counsel and guidance in defense of companies in audits has saved clients tens of millions of dollars in potential fines and assessments. Mr. Moon has also been involved in the design of L-1 transfer programs and the payment systems related to L-1s and H-1s for both short-term and long-term inter-company transfers.
Richard’s accomplishments have been recognized both nationally and internationally. He has been selected as one of the country’s 40 best lawyers advising on and litigating civil rights cases on behalf of management in a nationwide survey conducted by The National Law Journal. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for labor and employment law for more than 20 years and for the past eight years has been ranked as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in Maine by Chambers & Partners. Richard has written more than 150 articles concerning all aspects of labor and employment law, and lectured throughout the United States. He has taught litigation and trial tactics to more than 5,300 attorneys.
Richard has long had a passion for equestrian sports. Presently, he and his wife compete throughout the Eastern United States in combined training events, involving competition in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country jumping.