Bress, Richard P.

Richard P. Bress

Retired Partner

Richard Bress retired from the partnership in December 2023. He was a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C. office. He advised clients on appellate and Supreme Court litigation, as well as high-stakes strategic litigation challenging federal and state laws and federal agency actions.

Mr. Bress has argued scores of appellate cases, including eight in the Supreme Court, on a broad range of nationally important matters. He also has led numerous lawsuits successfully challenging the constitutionality of federal, state, and local government actions.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Bress was the Global Chair of the firm’s Ethics Committee. He previously served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.


  • JD, Stanford Law School, 1987
    Order of the Coif
  • MBA, Cornell University, 1983
  • BA, Cornell University, 1982
    Phi Beta Kappa