Richard Winfield's deep involvement in extending freedom of the press is reflected in both his pro bono, volunteer work, and his previous law practice. He has led the media law reform programs of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative in numerous former Soviet bloc nations. Since the mid-2000s. Winfield co-founded the International Senior Lawyers Project, an organization facilitates support for lawyers to work pro bono in more than 50 countries.
For over three decades, Winfield served as general counsel for the Associated Press and was a partner at the Rogers & Wells law firm, which became Clifford Chance US. He has worked closely with American publishers and editors, defending the Associated Press and other media clients in hundreds of press freedom cases.
Winfield is chair of The Fund for Peace, a Washington-based nongovernmental organization. He serves of counsel in the international law firm of Clifford Chance, where he engaged in a communications and commercial litigation practice, with emphasis on First Amendment litigation.
He served as assistant counsel to the New York Governor’s Office, as special counsel to the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, and as co-counsel to the governor's committee on public employee relations. Winfield served as a U.S. naval officer for four years, and taught European history and U.S. diplomatic history at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Mr. Winfield is a graduate of Villanova University and the Georgetown University Law Center.