Richard J. Osterman, Jr.

Portrait of Richard Osterman
Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Rick Osterman is an advisor to the United States Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance and has served as a consultant to the World Bank. He is a former Acting FDIC General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel with extensive experience in banking, deposit insurance, assessments, receivership law, and litigation. He served as Deputy General Counsel leading the FDIC’s Legal Division Litigation and Resolutions Branch from June 2007 to June 2016, providing legal counsel for the agency’s resolution and receivership functions during the 2008 financial crisis.  

During Mr. Osterman’s 27-year FDIC career he also served as Assistant General Counsel for the Receivership Operations and Litigation Section, which included Professional Liability, Financial Crimes, and Receivership Operations and Policy. He worked on legislation, including several revisions to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. He testified before the U.S. Congress and the U.K. Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, represented the agency in US Courts of Appeals throughout the United States, and spoke at numerous industry and professional conferences. He also was the FDIC representative to the Administrative Conference of the United States.  

Before joining the FDIC, Mr. Osterman served for two years at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and for seven years at the Interstate Commerce Commission. He graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College.


BA, Swarthmore College; JD, University of Baltimore

Classes Taught

International Money Laundering, Corruption and Terrorism