Areas of Practice
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., with honors, Georgetown Law Journal
  • Georgetown University, B.S.B.A., with honors
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Richard H. Porter

Senior Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 6406
FAX: +1 202 261 7500

Richard H. Porter is senior counsel in Steptoe's Washington office. He is the past Chair of the firm’s US Reinsurance Practice group, and a former member of the Ethics Committee of ARIAS US. He has also served as Chairman of Lex Mundi’s Insurance/Reinsurance Committee. Lex Mundi is an international organization of 151 independent law firms with more than 12,500 lawyers in 370 offices throughout the world.

Reinsurance Practice
Mr. Porter’s practice focuses on reinsurance disputes. He represents accident and health and property and casualty insurers and reinsurers in complex reinsurance disputes both in arbitrations and in proceedings in federal and state courts throughout the country. He is also active in working with insurers and reinsurers to achieve reasonable commutations in disputed liability situations.

Recurring issues in Mr. Porter’s reinsurance practice include: breaches of duty, including breach of the duty of utmost good faith in placement, underwriting and claims administration contexts; failures to discharge fiduciary responsibilities; allocation; recision; ratification; reinsurance fraud; and issues involving the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. He frequently represents insurers and reinsurers in disputes with reinsurance pool managers, brokers, managing general agents, and underwriting managers.

Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Porter served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the Army and as a staff assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

Mr. Porter is a frequent speaker on topics of interest to the reinsurance industry.

Select News & Events

Selected Publications

  • Pre-Award Attempts to Disqualify Arbitrators and Umpires - A Fitting End to a Dilatory Practice
    November 1, 2002, 13 Mealey’s Litig. Rep. - Reinsurance No. 13
  • The Right to Arbitrate Reinsurance Disputes is Preserved After September 11
    May 16, 2002, 13 Mealey's Litigation Report: Reinsurance No. 2
  • Should Courts Remand Ambiguous Reinsurance Awards for Clarification?
    September 1997, The Claims Forum, Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 3
  • Uberrimae Fidei Revisited in the Light of Compagnie De Reassurance D'Ile De France and Other Recent Cases
    March 26, 1997, 7 Mealey's Litig. Rep. - Reinsurance No. 22
  • Punitive Damage and Tortious Interference Claims in Disputes Involving Intermediaries and Underwriting Managers
    December 19, 1996, 7 Mealey's Litig. Rep. - Reinsurance No. 16

Professional Affiliations

  • Past Chair, Insurance/Reinsurance Committee, Lex Mundi