Attorney Richard H. Dollison, PC

EXPERIENCE

Attorney Richard H. Dollison has practiced law in the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1994. His career in law began as a paralegal with a litigation firm in New York, NY, where he worked from 1988 until 1993. He also worked as a law clerk in the U.S. Virgin Islands during the summer of 1991, while still attending Fordham University School of Law in New York. Admitted to practice law in 1994, Attorney Dollison became a partner in the Virgin Islands-based Stryker law firm in 1999, where he continued to practice until 2013, at which time he created his own firm.

Mr. Dollison has a well-established history representing banks, corporations, time share associations, and other creditors in cases involving debt collection, and the enforcement of the creditors’ rights. He represented the plaintiff bank in the litigation in which the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands established the judicial criteria for mortgage foreclosures in this jurisdiction. He also pioneered the use of ‘in rem’ mortgage foreclosures in the context of un-probated estates. He was actively engaged in the largest bankruptcy case ever filed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, being a 1.8 billion dollar case; as well as filing the largest involuntary bankruptcy in this jurisdiction, which was a six hundred million dollar case.

EXPERIENCE

2013 to present: The Law Offices of Richard H. Dollison, P.C.
1999 to 2013: Partner - Stryker, Duensing, Casner & Dollison
1994 to 1998: Associate Attorney - D’Amour, Jones & Stryker, and successor firms
1988 to 1993: Paralegal - Julien & Schlesinger, New York, NY

ADMISSIONS TO BAR

1994: U.S. Virgin Islands
1995: Colorado
1996: Third Circuit Court of Appeals
1997: District of Columbia

EDUCATION

Fordham University School of Law / J.D., 1993 (Dean’s List)
New York University / ABA Approved Paralegal Program Diploma, 1988-89
School of Visual Arts / B.F.A., 1979

REPORTED DECISIONS

FirstBank v. Anthony (established the judicial criteria for mortgage foreclosures in the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Land Holdings (St. Thomas) Ltd. v. Mega Holdings, Inc.. 283 F.3d 616 (3d Circuit 2002).

PERSONAL

Attorney Dollison has been a full-time resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1993. He served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of St. Thomas. Inc. from 2000 to 2012, where his primary focus was on the writing and implementation of the Animal Cruelty Felony Statute. He re-joined the Board in 2017, where he continues to serve.

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