RICHARD SLAVIN is the managing partner of the firm's Westport office. He is a principal and chair of Cohen and Wolf's Securities Group. He is also a member of the firm's Litigation and Business & Corporate Groups. Mr. Slavin practices in the areas of securities regulation, securities litigation in state and federal courts, and banking regulation. He regularly represents broker-dealers, investment advisors, broker-dealer agents, investment advisor agents and solicitors, and issuers of securities before federal, state and self-regulatory securities agencies as general counsel, compliance counsel, and in arbitrations before self-regulatory agencies. He has been a member of the arbitration boards of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") and the National Futures Association for 30 years. He regularly represents Claimants and Respondents in securities arbitrations before FINRA and the American Arbitration Association panels. Mr. Slavin has also represented securities litigants in over 80 mediations.
Prior to joining Cohen and Wolf, Mr. Slavin served as the director of the Connecticut Banking Department's Securities and Business Investments Division from 1981 to 1983. Prior to that time, he served as a financial analyst examiner, staff attorney, and Attorney Inspector at the Ohio Division of Securities from 1972 through 1981. He also served as a staff attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in 1981, as a part of the Intergovernmental Exchange Act Program.
Mr. Slavin is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Ohio. He is a member of the Connecticut Banking Commissioner's Securities Act Advisory Council. He served as chairman of the Business Law Committee of the Greater Bridgeport Bar Association from 1996 to 1998, and has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Business Law Section since 1985. He was the chairman of the Section's Securities Law Committee from 1995 to 2000, a position he also held from 1985-1990. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association's Federal Practice Committee. In 2007 Mr. Slavin was elected as a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Mr. Slavin has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Connecticut in the area of Commercial Litigation by Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2009-2017) where sources agree that he "is widely admired for his securities and SEC enforcement expertise. He is commended for his depth of experience in commercial arbitrations, as well as in business tort litigation such as misrepresentation claims". In addition, Mr. Slavin has continually been listed in the Best Lawyers in America (2009-2017) for his work in the areas of Litigation (Securities), Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Securities Regulation, is named a Connecticut Super Lawyer (2011-2017) for his work in the area of Securities Litigation.
Mr. Slavin serves on the State Regulation of Securities Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and is chair of its Enforcement, Litigation, and Arbitration Section. He is also the liaison for this Committee to the Connecticut Banking Department. Mr. Slavin is a member of the Securities Litigation Committee and the Arbitration and Enforcement Subcommittees of the Litigation Section and a member of the Federal Practice Section of the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Arbitration Boards of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the National Futures Association. Mr. Slavin is the author of "Securities Regulation in 1990," Connecticut Bar Journal, May 1990, and lectures and writes extensively on securities law.
Mr. Slavin was a member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. from 1993 through 2007, where he served as fundraising chair for ten years. He also served as Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for that organization. Mr. Slavin was a founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Center for Connecticut Non-Profit Organizations, Inc.
Mr. Slavin is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Westport Country Playhouse. Mr. Slavin served as Secretary of the Playhouse from 2009 through 2011, and currently serves as Assistant Secretary. He also serves on the Playhouse's executive, corporate governance, planned giving and audit committees. Mr. Slavin served as chair of the Jewish Center for Community Services of Eastern Fairfield County from 1999 through 2001, and also served on its and its predecessor organization's Board of Directors for 17 years. He served as chair of the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. from 2004-2005 and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Endowment Foundation of Stamford, Inc. in 2004 and 2005. Mr. Slavin was president of Congregation Beth El in Fairfield from 2005 to 2007, where he previously served as executive vice-president, vice-president of Ritual, vice president of Spiritual Life, vice-president of Ways and Means, and chair of its Rabbinic and Cantorial Search Committees. In 2006 Mr. Slavin was elected as treasurer and a director of Young Emissaries of Greater Bridgeport, Inc. and continuously served in that capacity. In 2004, he received the United Way's Community Builder Award for his work with charitable organizations.
Mr. Slavin received his B.A. in 1969 and his M.B.A. in 1972 from Case Western Reserve University. He received his J.D. in 1977 from the University of Akron.