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Richard M. Gelb, Esquire

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Massachusetts Attorney & Co-Founder of Gelb & Gelb LLP

Richard M. Gelb, a partner and co-founder of Gelb & Gelb LLP, is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of New York, District of Columbia, United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut, United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of New York University (B.A.) and Boston College Law School (J.D.).

Areas of Practice

Mr. Gelb represents clients in federal and state court litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. He concentrates in the areas of business & securities, non-competition agreements, corporate raiding and trade secrets, accountants' liability and criminal law.


Mr. Gelb has been practicing law since 1973. He was an associate in the Litigation Department of Proskauer Rose LLP in New York City where he was a member of a team of lawyers representing SCM Corporation against Xerox Corporation in a landmark antitrust case that was tried to a jury. From 1980 to 1990, Mr. Gelb's jury trials included complex plaintiffs' personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He is experienced in trying complex cases before juries and judges in state and federal court and arbitration panels. He has also handled numerous regulatory proceedings including those before the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, self-regulatory organizations such as the FINRA (and its predecessors NASD and NYSE), and state administrative agencies including the Massachusetts Division of Securities and Division of Insurance. He also represents clients before the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and the Massachusetts Board of Accountancy and other licensing agencies.


Mr. Gelb is included in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory where he received the highest rating ("AV"), the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registrar of Preeminent Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, New England Super Lawyers, Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and The Best of the U.S.'s list of the Best Service Professionals in the United States under Commercial Litigation.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Gelb was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation, and is a member of the foundation’s Leadership Council. The Inns of Court promotes professionalism competence, civility and ethics in the legal profession.He is a past President of the Boston Inn of Court, wasa founder and Co-President of the Suffolk University Law School Litigation American Inn of Court, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Murray Inn of Court. He is the state liason to the Foundation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. At Boston College Law School, he was Vice President, Communications of the Boston College Law School Alumni Council, and Co-Chair of the Leadership Gifts Committee. Mr. Gelb received the Reverend James B. Malley, S.J. Award for service and commitment to the law school and was a recipient of the 75th BC Law Anniversary Awards.

At the Massachusetts Bar Association, Mr. Gelb was Chair of the Business Litigation Committee , and a member of the Civil Litigation Section Council, Committee on Ethics, , and State Bench-Bar Forum Committee. At the Boston Bar Association, he was Co-Chair of the Securities Law Committee Broker-Dealer Subcommittee, and a member of the Fee Disputes Committee and Task Force on Civility in the Legal Profession. Mr. Gelb was Co-Chair of the Trade Secrets Committee of the Boston Patent Law Association.


Mr. Gelb has been quoted by the media on legal issues in publications such as The Boston Business Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Bureau of National Affairs, Financial Planning on Wall Street, Investment News, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Lawyers Weekly USA, The New York Times, Securities Week andThe Wall Street Journal.


  • AV Preeminent® peer review rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America® (included in 15 years) in the in the following practice areas: Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Securities; and Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (listed for 12 years) in the following practice areas: Securities Litigation; Business Litigation; Criminal Defense: White Collar; “Top 100 2010 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List”
  • New England Super Lawyers in the following practice areas: Securities Litigation; Business Litigation; Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Avvo rating 10 in the Securities and Investment Fraud practice area
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; member, Complex Commercial Litigation Institute (an Institute of the Litigation Counsel of America)
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2023 Best Lawyers
  • 2024 Best Lawyers
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Trusted & Honored

  • America's Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Super Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Mata Member Masschusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • Massachusetts Bar Assocation
  • Fellow LItigation Counsel of America
  • AV Rated Preeminent
  • America's Top 100 2019
  • Best Lawyers 2023
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation Proud Fellow
  • Best Lawyers 2024

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