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  • Columbia University School of Law (LL.B., 1959), highest honors; Member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review
  • Hunter College (A.B., 1956), with honors

Richard H. Borow is a former senior partner and general counsel of Irell & Manella LLP and is the founder and (for 35 years) chair of its litigation group. He retired as a senior partner at the end of 2005. For over 50 years, he has specialized in the defense of complex civil litigation, and in alternate dispute resolution. He currently serves as an arbitrator and mediator in complex civil disputes.

Mr. Borow was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law from 1971 to 1983; and was also a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Evaluation of Lawyers of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society.

Until his retirement, Mr. Borow was listed in every edition of the Best Lawyers in America and was also named to the Southern California "Super Lawyers" list (ADR).

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Professional Activities

  • Mr. Borow is a member of the National Panel of Neutrals of the American Arbitration Association and its Large Complex Case Panel. He has been a member of the Board of Editors of the Federal Litigation Guide (Matthew Bender) and is a former Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He also served as Judge Pro Tem of the Beverly Hills Municipal Court. Mr. Borow is a life member of the American Law Institute. He was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of Public Advocates.
  • Mr. Borow has been a frequent lecturer and writer throughout North America on topics related to complex civil litigation.
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Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy 
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • 1959, New York; 1966, California; 1985, Maine