R. Richard Croce
A native of Wellesley, Massachusetts, R. Richard Croce was admitted to the Connecticut Bar Association in 1990 and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in 1991. Mr. Croce was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2006 and is also admitted to practice before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Croce earned his B.A. from Allegheny College and his J.D. from The University of Dayton School of Law. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
Mr. Croce began his law practice in the office of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee where he represented the trustee and debtors in bankruptcy and related matters in state and federal court. From there, he moved to a small private practice where he continued his representation of debtors and Chapter 7 trustees. He also represented individual and corporate clients in commercial matters and litigation including real estate closings, prejudgment remedies, collection actions, foreclosures and bankruptcy proceedings. Mr. Croce also has experience representing individuals in personal injury matters and representing individuals and corporations in workers’ compensation matters.
Immediately prior to opening his own law firm Mr. Croce spent over 12 years as the General Counsel at the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, where he managed the corporation’s legal affairs and served as its primary legal adviser. In his capacity as General Counsel, Mr. Croce advised senior management and the Board of Directors regarding the rights and responsibilities of the corporation and directed the corporation’s audit and compliance and government relations activities. Mr. Croce was also responsible for drafting, reviewing and negotiation of all contractual obligations entered into by the corporation, including collective bargaining agreements, vendor agreements, leases and financing agreements. Mr. Croce also worked with outside counsel, broker-dealers, trustees and rating agencies to manage the corporation’s issuance of taxable and tax-exempt bond financings.