Richard Feder L'87
Lecturer in Law
After 27 years at the City of Philadelphia Law Department, Richie Feder now is an adjunct instructor at Penn Carey Law School and Temple Beasley School of Law, and has a small public interest / municipal law practice. At the Law Department, Richie served primarily as Chief Deputy City Solicitor for Legislation and Appeals. For 20 years, he supervised all legislative work in the Department, including the drafting and reviewing of ordinances for City Council and the Administration, and the provision of opinions regarding interpretation and legality of legislation, including legality under the Home Rule Charter. And for 15 years, he also supervised most of the City's caseload in state and federal appellate courts, including civil rights, employment and tort cases, and designated labor, tax, and human services matters.
Richie was instrumental in the drafting and implementation of numerous ethics reform measures; a complete rewrite of the City’s Zoning Code; and the City’s “soda tax” ordinance, which he helped defend up to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Among his many other appellate victories, Richie successfully defended against preemption challenges the City’s business privilege tax, the City’s liquor by the drink tax, and the City’s controversial campaign contribution limits. He also has litigated multiple cases concerning school funding and gun violence reduction, although the courts have not always been as kind to him in these matters.
Prior to coming to the Law Department, Richie clerked for the Honorable Edward R. Becker on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and practiced complex litigation, with an emphasis on plaintiffs' class actions, at the law firm of Fine, Kaplan and Black. An active member of the American Law Institute, Richie is an appointed Adviser to the ALI’s Principles of Government Ethics Project. He served for 17 years as a member of the Editorial Board of the Legal Intelligencer, and is a former member of the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee to the Third Circuit.
Richie received his J.D., summa cum laude, from Penn in 1987, and his A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown in 1981.