Richard R. Sutherland


Smith Dollar PC

Financial Services & Business Litigation

Contact Information

Tel: (707) 522-1100 Ext: 1127

418 B Street, Fourth Floor
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Professional  Information

Bar Admissions
  • All California State Courts
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
Associations & Memberships

• Member, Sonoma County Bar Association


Roger J. Traynor Honor Society

Super Lawyer Northern California Rising Star (2015, 2016)

Richard Sutherland is an experienced trial attorney and a member of Smith Dollar's litigation team.

Mr. Sutherland has represented lenders and other corporate entities in complex business litigation and lender liability matters concerning the financial services and real estate industries. His extensive litigation experience includes multiple juries and bench trials, binding arbitrations, evidentiary hearings, jury selection, and witness examination, as well as substantial law and motion practice. He has successfully defended the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its capacity as receiver for a failed bank from lender liability claims in excess of $60 million related to a commercial development in Los Angeles; represented a hotel portfolio owner in a breach of joint venture agreement with a multi-national financial institution; and successfully handled numerous trials and arbitrations.

Reported Decisions

· Aspray v. Fed. Home Loan Mortg. Corp., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46029 (C.D. Cal. April 20, 2011)
· Gumapac v. Deutsche Bank Nat'l Trust Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107810 (C.D. Cal. July 30, 2012)
· McReynolds v. HSBC Bank USA, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114615 (N.D. Cal. August 14, 2012)
· McReynolds v. HSBC Bank USA, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165219 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 19, 2012)
· JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Parkside Lending, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16981 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 7, 2013)
· JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. v. Paramount Residential Mortg. Grp., Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 199313 (C.D. Cal. May 30, 2013)
· Ellsworth v. Am. Home Mortg. Servicing, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193877 (C.D. Cal. June 3, 2013)
· BMO Harris Bank, N.A. v. Bonan, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 89872 (N.D. Cal. July 1, 2014)

• Professional & General liability defense
• Business litigation
• Class actions
• Complex civil litigation
• Labor & Employment litigation
• Lender liability
• Financial services litigation
• Mortgage fraud and recovery
• Real estate
• Construction and Construction Defect

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., with Distinction
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A.
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