Vice President and General Counsel
Richard Orr is the Vice President and General Counsel for the University of Connecticut. As the chief legal officer, he is responsible for providing strategic legal advice and coordinating the delivery of legal services in all areas of law affecting the University.
Richard joined the University in 2011 when President Herbst appointed him as her Executive Officer. He became UConn’s first General Counsel in 2012. Richard comes to UConn from a regional architecture and engineering firm where he served as Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to that, he served as Senior Counsel to Speaker of the House Thomas Ritter. His private legal experience includes positions with the Washington, D.C. firm of Arnold & Porter and the Connecticut firm of Tyler Cooper & Alcorn. His public service legal experience includes the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecuted public corruption cases, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington D.C. and serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge (now U.S. Court of Appeals Judge) Jon O. Newman. Richard is a cum laude graduate of NYU Law School where he was an Editor of the Law Review, and a member of the Order of the Coif academic honorary society.
Richard was appointed by the Governor to the board of The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and by the Majority Leader to the Commission on Judicial Compensation. He is a board member and past Chair of the Board of Connecticut Legal Services. He serves on the Board of the UConn Health Center Finance Corporation and the Advisory Council of CT-N television. He is a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.