Company: The Medalie Law Office
Location: Hull, Massachusetts, United States
Richard Medalie, Lawyer at The Medalie Law Office, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyer for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law and business management.
Prior to Mr. Medalie’s pursuit of law, his field of academic interest was in the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries. During the course of those studies, he did extensive work on Soviet and Eastern European law with Professor Harold Berman, the noted expert on the subject. In doing so, he realized he lacked an understanding of American law and decided to go to law school after receiving a Master of Arts for his work at the Harvard Russian Research Center in 1955. He graduated from Harvard University cum laude with a JD in 1958. Mr. Medalie was a member of the first US-Soviet student exchange under the Lacy-Zaroubin US-USSR Exchange Agreement in 1958. In addition, he was a Ford Fellow from 1954 to 1955, a Fulbright Scholar in 1952 and 1953 and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta in 1952.
Early in his career, Mr. Medalie worked as a law clerk for the Honorable George T. Washington at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1960 to 1962, he served as the assistant solicitor general for the US, joining Kay, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler as an associate the same year. After a couple of years at this firm, he was tapped as the Deputy Director of the Ford Foundation Institute with Criminal Law and Procedure at the Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Medalie became partner of Friedman & Medalie and its predecessors in 1968 and remained at the firm until 1998.
Mr. Medalie served as the President of Pegasus International from 1970 to 2010, and in 1993 joined other members of Harvard Law School’s Class of 1958 at their 35th reunion and voted to establish, sponsor, and fund the Appleseed foundation, which helps organize, establish, and guide state centers for law in the public interest throughout the country. He served as the foundation’s executive director from 1993 to 1994, as a board chair from 1993 to 2002, and as the president from 1995 to 1998. He became chair emeritus of Appleseed in 2003.
Mr. Medalie has written extensively on a number of legal subjects, and he has coauthored and co-edited several publications as well. Some of these works include, “American Students Organize: Founding the National Student Association After World War II,” “Commercial Arbitration for the 1990s,” “The Libyan Producers’ Agreement Arbitration: Developing Innovative Procedures in a Complex Multiparty Arbitration” and “The Communist Theory of State.” In addition, Mr. Medalie has been a panelist on Commercial Arbitrators of the National Arbitration Forum. He has been involved in a number of Harvard-related organizations, including serving as the Law School Director of the Harvard Alumni Association, the National Vice President of the Harvard Law School Association of Washington, D.C. and President of the Harvard Law School Association of Washington, D.C. Mr. Medalie is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a lifetime member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and The District of Columbia Bar. In addition, Mr. Medalie is associated with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Cosmos Club of Washington D.C.
One of the highlights of Mr. Medalie’s career was serving as the Chair of the three-member panel of arbitrators in one of the largest and most complex arbitrations in the history of the American Arbitration Association from May 1981 until September 1985. The arbitration involved the contract claims and disputes arising out of the Libyan Producers’ Agreement, which had been entered into by the 17 national and international oil companies that had concessions in Libya during the early 1970’s.