Richard D. Kirk / Director

Richard D. Kirk (Dick) is a director at Bayard. He focuses on general business litigation, intellectual property litigation, administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution.

After graduating from law school, Dick clerked for Justice William Duffy of the Delaware Supreme Court, one of the founding members of the firm that is now Bayard. Dick subsequently served as full-time counsel to the State Board of Education and then worked for and became a partner at another Wilmington firm.

Dick was president of the Delaware State Bar Association from 1993 to 1994. He was founding Chair of that Association’s Environmental Law Section and he has also chaired the Association’s Intellectual Property Section. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and its Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Sections.

Dick is now a member of the Delaware District Court Rules Advisory Committee. He chaired a special committee of the Superior Court investigating that court’s asbestos and toxic tort docket. Dick is past Chair of the Delaware Supreme Court’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education, past President of the Board of Directors of Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, and past member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Bar Foundation.

Dick has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for environmental law and administrative law for more than twenty years. Dick has been recognized as a leading attorney in the field of intellectual property in Delaware by Chambers USA since 2006. In 2014 and 2015, he was recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a Delaware Super Lawyer in Business Litigation. In the 2015 and 2016 editions of the IAM Patent 1000 list, Dick was recommended as a top Delaware patent practitioner in the category of litigation and transactions. He is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards: CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies.

Professional Biography

Bar Admissions:

  • Delaware (1978)

Court Admissions:

  • United States District Court for the District of Delaware (1980)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1982)
  • United States Supreme Court (1984)


  • American Bar Association
  • Delaware State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


  • B.A., magna cum laude, Georgetown University (1975)
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1978)


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