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Bricker & Eckler, LLP
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Bricker & Eckler, LLP
Jim Flynn

1375 East 9th Street
Cleveland OH 44114
(216) 523-5470

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Bricker & Eckler, LLP

Richard H. Blake

Office:  Cleveland
Phone:  216.523.5470
Fax:  216.523.7071

Practice/Industry Groups:
White Collar Defense and Investigations, Chair 
Health Care
Energy, Public Utilities & Environmental

Richard Blake is a partner and chair of the white collar defense and investigations practice group. He is also a member of the health care law group and is located in the Cleveland office. His practice focuses on complex criminal and civil white collar matters, including Qui Tam and civil false claims matters, fraud involving Medicare, Medicaid and other government procurement programs, and public corruption.

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Representative Experience

  • Former Assistant United States Attorney with the Department of Justice; first attorney hired by the DOJ in Cleveland to exclusively handle federal Qui Tam and civil false claims cases in the Northern District of Ohio

  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, investigated and successfully prosecuted a large number of complex criminal and civil cases, including Department of Defense procurement fraud, financial institution and securities fraud, federal Qui Tam and civil false claims, health care and insurance fraud, international and domestic money laundering, domestic terrorism, corporate fraud, government program contract fraud, identity theft, federal tax fraud and environmental crimes

  • As a member of the Cleveland Organized Crime Strike Force, successfully prosecuted cases involving public corruption and racketeering activities by organized crime enterprises

  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, successfully prosecuted the district’s first jury trial case under the Federal Civil False Claims Act

  • Former Senior Enforcement Attorney with the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; prosecuted civil and administrative cases throughout the country against nationally chartered banks and their management

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Community and Professional Activities

  • Admitted to practice in the states of Ohio, New York and Connecticut; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the Southern District of New York

  • Federal court-appointed mediator, Northern District of Ohio in alternative dispute resolutions

  • Volunteer Magistrate, Mayfield Village Juvenile Court Diversion Program

  • Member: Ohio State, New York State, American and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Former Adjunct Law Professor, Cleveland Marshall School of Law

Awards and Recognitions

  • Received awards and citations from FBI Directors Louis J. Freeh and Robert S. Mueller, United States Secret Service Director Brian L. Stafford, the Department of Defense, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Treasury Department, and Ohio Department of Transportation

  • 2006 President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence and Distinguished Performance in Protecting United States Military Personnel and the Nation’s Nuclear Programs


  • St. John's University (J.D., 1988)

  • City University of New York, Baruch College (B.B.A., 1984)

  • United States Army, Army Reserve (1984 - 1990)

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Cleveland OH Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License Reckless Driving Assault
Breaking and Entering Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Larceny/Theft Kidnapping Drug Possession
Burglary Wire fraud Robbery
Carjacking Battery Perjury
Sexual assault Rape Sexual battery
Prostitution Trespass Manslaughter
Obscenity Domestic Violence Disorderly Conduct
Criminal Sexual Conduct Criminal Confinement Conspiracy
DUI / DWI Intimidation Lewdness
Arson Possession of stolen property False Imprisonment
Forgery Tax Evasion Securities Fraud
Telemarketing Fraud Bribery Embezzlement
Insurance Fraud Money Laundering Indecent Exposure
Identity Theft Pyramid Schemes Fraud
Habitual Traffic Offender Extortion Stalking
Child Abuse Hate Crimes Homicide
First Degree Murder Second Degree Murder Voluntary manslaughter
Involuntary manslaughter Justifiable Homicide
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