Southwestern Law School, J.D.
  • cum laude
University of Michigan, B.A.

Prior Employment

  • Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Detroit Strike Force, 1974-1977

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, 1995-2001

  • Vice Chairperson, 1999-2000
  • Chairperson, 2000-2001

State Bar of Michigan

  • Judicial Qualifications Committee, 2005-2010

Federal Bar Association

  • Committee on Criminal Law, Co-Chair, 1984-1995
  • Board of Directors, 1984-1987

American Bar Association

  • Grand Jury Committee, 1980-1995

State Bar of California

State Bar of Nevada

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Mr. Zuckerman is an accomplished litigator with a particular focus on federal and state white collar criminal defense, including civil and criminal tax litigation and securities fraud and environmental crimes. He possesses significant experience representing public corporations, their boards, audit committees and executives in national and international civil and criminal antitrust matters, including the following industries: computer software, wholesale dry cleaning supply, mining, tobacco, air cargo, auto parts manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, bank credit cards and air compressors.

  • Supervised several Sarbanes-Oxley internal investigations as counsel to the board of directors or the audit committees of publicly traded corporations
  • Former attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime and Racketeering Section where he supervised complex, multi-agency investigations and prepared and tried criminal cases developed from those investigations
  • Served the firm as Chairperson of the Litigation Department (1996-2002) and a Member of its Board of Directors (1997-2003)


Defense counsel
  • Michigan v. Omnicare of Covington Ky (Healthcare Reimbursement)
  • Victory Brand v. Philip Morris (Federal Antitrust)
  • MAGNEX v. Active Power Inc. (Usurpation of Hi-Tech Patents)
  • Moreno, et al. v. Hewlett-Packard Company (Michigan Consumer Protection Act Class Action)
  • Capitol Reproductions v. Hewlett-Packard Company (Breach of Contract)
  • Del Serrone v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al. (Michigan Antitrust and Consumer Protection Class Action)
  • Vandermeulen, et al. v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al. (Michigan Antitrust and Consumer Protection Class Action)
  • Attorney General of the State of Michigan v. Philip Morris, et al. (National Tobacco Litigation)
  • U.S. v. Tempotech Industries (Lacey Act)
  • In Re Arbor Drugs, Inc.(Federal/State Health Claims Reimbursement)
  • Counties of Oakland and Macomb v. The Estate of Michael J. Ferrantino, Sr., et al. (Civil RICO/Antitrust)
  • CNR Research, Inc., et al v. Intergraph Corporation (Civil Antitrust)
  • ICC, Inc. v. Intergraph Corporation, et al. (Civil Antitrust)
  • U.S. v. J. Levin & Son, Inc. (Criminal Antitrust)
  • The Charter Townships of Plymouth and Canton v. The Estate of Michael J. Ferrantino, Sr., et al. (Civil RICO/Antitrust)
  • U.S. v. Charles Beckham, et al. (“Vista” Public Corruption Case)
  • Manasher v. NECC (FCC Class Action)
  • In Re UAHC Securities Litigation (Securities Class Action)
  • In Re Certified Question, 465 Mich 537 (2002) (National Tobacco Litigation)
Plaintiff counsel
  • Detroit Free Press v. City of Detroit, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty, et al. (FOIA litigation involving text messages)
  • Ford Motor Co. v. United States (500 million dollar claim for overpayment interest on corporate income tax)
Trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1974-1977
  • U.S. v. Anthony J. Giacalone, 574 F2d 328 6th Cir (1978) (Federal Income Tax Evasion)
  • U.S. v. Richard Enright (Former Chief of Police, City of Ecorse, Michigan; first major case in the Eastern District of Michigan involving police protection of an illegal gambling business) 
  • One of three attorneys in charge of investigation into the disappearance of James R. Hoffa 
  • Attorney in charge of investigation into hidden ownership and management of the Aladdin Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, resulting in U.S. v. Goldfarb, et al. and U.S. v. Robert Leonard (former Genesee County Prosecutor) 
  • Michigan Bell Telephone v. U.S., 565 Fd2 385 6th Cir (1977) (Action to compel phone company to assist in electronic surveillance)

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Seminars & Events


  • Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005-2013
    • Recognized as one of America's leading lawyers in the Litigation/White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations field in Michigan.
      • 2013 - "White-collar specialist Richard Zuckerman is experienced in the fields of tax fraud and securities fraud. He represents clients in a host of industry sectors before both state and federal courts."
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2001-2014
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2005-2013
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Academic Appointments

  • Cooley Law School, Adjunct Professor, Tax Fraud, 2010-present
  • Michigan State University School of Law (formerly, Detroit College of Law), Adjunct Associate Professor, Tax Fraud, 1978-2005
  • Internal Revenue Service Course for Senior Special Agents, Instructor, Tax Fraud, 1979-1981