Richard Dienst (1939-2010) served as “Of Counsel” to Ebanks & Sattler, LLP since 2008. In the mid-1990s, both Mr. Ebanks and Mr. Sattler worked for Mr. Dienst when he was the senior partner at Dienst & Serrins, LLP. During his career, Richard served as counsel to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association, National Association of Federal Agents and Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, where he defended law enforcement officials in civil matters ranging from line-of-duty accidents and personal injury matters to civil rights violations and criminal defense cases.
For more than 30 years, Richard served as counsel to the New York City Police Department Detectives Endowment Association, Lieutenants Benevolent Association and Captains Endowment Association. He defended some of the highest ranking members of the NYPD concerning investigations and allegations of official misconduct before the Knapp Commission, the Office of the Special State Prosecutor and the Mollen Commission.
Richard’s extensive private litigation experience included defending corporations such as the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P), Madison Square Garden and self-insured taxicab fleets in actions for negligence and personal injury. In the field of labor relations, he served as counsel to numerous officials of municipal labor unions. He also served as personal counsel and advisor to government officials, professional athletes and leaders in the fields of insurance, finance and philanthropy. He regularly argued and won civil appeals to the highest state and federal courts. Many of these decisions have led to the creation of new rights and remedies for his clients and beyond.
We will miss his quiet confidence, his easy-going style and his mentorship greatly. He is gone but will never be forgotten.