Richard Orr serves as Special Counsel for the University of Connecticut. He supports the General Counsel and also manages real estate and commercial projects for the Chief Administrative Officer and CFO. Richard joined the University in 2011 when President Herbst appointed him as her Executive Officer. He became UConn’s first General Counsel in 2012 and served until the end of 2017 when he stepped down and assumed the Special Counsel role.
Richard came 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 Connecticut House of Representatives. 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 Senior 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 and is a Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.