Daniel S. Richards is an associate in the Employment Law Department of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's New York office. Mr. Richards defends employers in a wide range of employment law issues, including discrimination, wage and hour, wrongful discharge, and restrictive covenant claims in state and federal courts around the country, including in the class and collective action context. He focuses on disparate impact issues arising out of employment testing and defending employers through statistical test validation.​

Before joining Paul Hastings, Mr. Richards was an employment litigation attorney in the New York office of an international law firm. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Associate Justice Walter F. Timpone of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Mr. Richards received his B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial Labor Relations.

He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he served as the Executive Submissions Editor for the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review and received both James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar honors. During law school, he served as a Law Clerk to Senator Christopher A. Coons, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as an Employment Law Intern at The Legal Aid Society in New York City.


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 2018
  • Cornell University, B.S., 2015


  • Obtained Rule 12 dismissal of a putative reverse discrimination​ class action under Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey​​.
  • Obtained arbitral award in favor of major pharmaceutical company after hearing in case alleging violations of Title VII, ADEA, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act​.
  • Won several interlocutory appeals in New York and New Jersey state courts.​
  • Successfully defended first challenge to major pharmaceutical company's arbitration program in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.​
  • Successfully represented amicus in Delaware Supreme Court's reversal of Delaware Chancery Court opinion requiring additional scrutiny of forfeiture-for-competition provisions.
  • ​Advised on two dozen validity studies for major energy employer's employment testing program.​​​​

Practice Areas

Employment Law

Employment Litigation

Employment Counseling and Preventive Advice

Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets




New Jersey Bar

New York Bar


Columbia Law School, J.D. 2018

Cornell University, B.S. 2015

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