Richard J. DeWitt


Mr. DeWitt provides business and legal counsel to companies,
entrepreneurs, and technology and telecommunications firms
​regarding corporate, business and transactional matters.
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Professional History:

  • Principal, DeWitt Law, P.A. 
  • Partner, DeWitt Grossman, P.L.
  • CEO, Quest Group International, Inc.
  • EVP and GC, Tele-America Commun. Corp.
  • Partner, Cohen, Berke, Bernstein, Brode & Kondel, P.A.
  • Attorney (Profit Sharing), Squire Sanders
  • Attorney, Shutts & Bowen
     

Experience: 

Over 30 years experience in law, business and dispute resolution as a business and technology attorney, business executive and arbitrator and mediator.
 
  • Business: Legal and business experience in corporate, commercial, franchise and real estate matters; complex transactions including, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases, contracts, commercial mortgages, commercial leases, retail and wholesale distribution; supply and product development and marketing and sales agreements; securities and investment advisor issues; workouts, liquidations and divestitures; shareholder agreements and disputes, insurance disputes, joint ventures, minority shareholders issues, strategic relationships and receiverships including banks and other financial institutions; Former CEO of high-growth technology company.
     
  • Technology: Experience in technology and software development and licensing agreements; computer law; carrier, long distance, VoIP and billing/collection arrangements (including credit card services and payment systems); network services; operator and customer services and equipment purchases; web site development agreements and Internet law. Experience also includes wireless services, SMS messaging, gateway agreements, prepaid phone cards and services, and public and prison payphone systems. Represented competitive and regulated carriers, LEC's and BOC's. Former Chairman of both the American Public Communications Council and the Prepaid Communications Association.
     
  • Employment: Experience representing employers and employees regarding employment, employment contracts, executive compensation arrangements, stock option plans, non-competition, non-diversion and confidentiality agreements, and termination arrangements.
     
  • International: Experience in both international business and technology matters including trans-border agreements and disputes. Representation of European and Latin American companies doing business in the U.S. and internationally and import/export businesses. Business experience managing multinational operations. Serve as international arbitrator and mediator in large, complex cases. 

Mr. DeWitt served as Executive Vice President - Business Development & General Counsel and eventually the CEO and a principal of Atlanta, Ga. based Tele-America Communications. Tele-America, a joint venture with USF&G, was the first significant investment in the US competitive public telephone business. He developed and implemented the company's acquisition strategy and grew Tele-America to be the largest competitive public telephone company in US. 


He went on to found and serve as CEO, Quest Group International (Quest Telecom), a switch-based, telecommunications carrier. Quest developed, with strategic partner Harris DTS, the technology for one of the original prepaid phone card systems and the first automated phone card activation system in the US. He grew Quest to be a major national provider of retail and wholesale-prepaid telecommunications services. 


Mr. DeWitt was a national leader in the competitive telecommunications industry as it emerged from deregulation and helped chart its future development. He served as the Chairman of both the American Public Communications Council (the national trade association for the competitive public communicatins industry) and the Prepaid Communications Association (now the International Prepaid Communications Association) and on the Boards of the North American Telecommunications Association and various state telecommunications associations.