Jerome Richter, 73, a prominent local lawyer known as a master strategist by his colleagues, died Aug. 19 at his Florida home. The Philadelphia native also lived in Villanova.
Richter joined Blank Rome in 1969 in the litigation department and was made partner within four years. He was especially adept at dissecting the most minute details of cases and was known as a fierce litigator.
Richter represented the secretary of banking of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and the Insurance Commissioner in several significant complex insolvency litigation matters. He also represented well-known entities such as SEPTA and state agencies, including the auditor general of the commonwealth and the State Employees’ Retirement System.
He headed various white-collar investigations and defense
of major U.S. corporations and individuals. During his career, he appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court in representation of the commonwealth auditor general in civil rights actions brought by former employees claiming improper termination.
Richter attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in economics, and Temple University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor.
He began his career as a law clerk to Judge Joseph Sloane of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County and later served as an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and assistant city solicitor in Philadelphia, until he joined Blank Rome, from which he retired 40 years later.
Richter was a past chairman of the board of governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association and held other leadership positions in that association, including chairmanship of the Federal Courts Committee, the Bench Bar Committee and the Victims Rights Committee, of which he also was founder.
Richter is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sheryl Auerbach Richter; daughters Silvia Schencker, Melanie Dickinson and Lauren Chandler; sons Will and Jonathan; sister Janet Hershaft; and five grandchildren.