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Richard I. Beattie

425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3954
Phone:  (212) 455-2635
Fax:  (212) 455-2502
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Senior Chairman

Richard Beattie is Senior Chairman. He specializes in counseling boards of directors and non-management directors on governance issues, investigations and litigation involving corporate officers and other crisis situations.  He also specializes in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts.  He has participated in some of the larger and more complex financial transactions, including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s $58 billion acquisition of Bank One Corporation, the merger of America Online and Time Warner and the merger of WellPoint Health Networks with Anthem Inc. 

Mr. Beattie has a long record of public service.  During the Carter Administration, he served as General Counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and in 1980, as Director of the Transition and Counsel to the Secretary of Education, he was in charge of organizing the U.S. Department of Education.  During the 1980’s, Mr. Beattie served on the New York City Board of Education.  He has served as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and during 1995-1997 was President Clinton’s Emissary for Cyprus.

Mr. Beattie is also Chairman of the Board and founder of New Visions for Public Schools, a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements programs to affect system-wide improvements in public education in New York City.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Harley-Davidson, Inc., Heidrick & Struggles, the Carnegie Corporation and the National Women’s Law Center, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases.  Mr. Beattie is the recipient of a Bank Street College Honorary Doctorate of Education and the President’s Medal, The Legal Aid Society’s Servant of Justice Award and The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Judge Simon H. Rifkind Award.

Mr. Beattie joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1968 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Prior to law school, he served four years in the Marine Corps as a jet pilot after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1961.

•  Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1968-Present
•  New York City Board of Education, 1987-1988
•  Mayor Koch's Commission on Special Education, Chairman, 1985-1986
•  Mayor Koch's Commission on the Reorganization of New York City Human Resources Administration, Chairman, 1984
•  United States Department of Education, Counsel to the Secretary and Director of Transition, 1980
•  United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, General Counsel, 1978-1979
•  Secretary of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Executive Assistant, 1977-1978
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Special Education: A Call for Quality, Final Report to Mayor Edward I. Koch of the Commission on Special Education, April 1985
Outline for Action: New Directions for HRA, Final Report to Mayor Edward I. Koch of the Commission on Human Services Reorganization, January 1985
Speaking Engagements
•  Dick Beattie and Rob Spatt Served as Guest Faculty Members at NYU Law School
April 15, 2014
•  New York 1969
•  U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 1962
•  U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1972
•  U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit 1975
•  U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit 1977
•  U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit 1979
•  U.S. Supreme Court 1978
•  University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1968 LL.B.
•  Dartmouth College, 1961 B.A.

•  Corporate
•  Corporate Governance
•  Public Company Advisory Practice
•  Mergers and Acquisitions
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