Richard Hopp graduated from the University of Washington in 1986 and from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1989. He joined O’Donoghue & O’Donoghue LLP in 1991 after a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Joseph C. Howard, United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. Mr. Hopp is a partner in the firm.
Mr. Hopp has extensive litigation experience representing the firm’s national and local multiemployer benefit fund clients, particularly in all phases of delinquent contribution and withdrawal liability collection cases brought pursuant to Sections 515 and 4301 of ERISA, including claims for personal liability against corporate officers, successor and alter ego entities, and controlled groups. Mr. Hopp also has a great deal of experience pursuing bond claims and related litigation in state and federal court, post-judgment collection activities, and asserting creditor claims in bankruptcy proceedings.
Mr. Hopp handles all federal and state litigation, including defending claims for benefits brought under Section 502 of ERISA and breach of fiduciary duty actions. Prior to litigation he also advises the firm’s clients concerning their obligations under ERISA and the accompanying regulations, and works with funds to ensure compliance with those regulations and applicable laws, particularly in complex or adversarial cases.
Mr. Hopp is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia and New York bars, as well as a member of numerous federal district and appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court.