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2021 Leaders in Law Finalists: Large Private Company


John L. Erikson
SVP, Assistant Secretary and Corporate Counsel
Wedbush Securities

John Erikson’s position as senior vice president, assistant secretary, and corporate counsel is an integral part of a five-attorney in-house Legal Department that handles most of Wedbush Securities’ legal matters. His role includes handling litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters for the firm, and providing counsel to the firm’s management committees, as well as the boards of both the firm and its parent company, Wedbush Financial Services, LLC.


Among other duties, Erikson handles a wide variety of litigation matters for his firm. He has primary responsibility for handling numerous litigation and arbitration matters, including FINRA arbitrations, state and federal court cases, and state court appeals, defending against investor-related claims of suitability, failure to supervise, inadequate due diligence, and fraud, along with various employment claims. He also plays a significant role in assisting and advising Wedbush on corporate governance matters.  


Joel Richlin
Vice President and General Counsel
Prime Healthcare

Joel Richlin is the vice president & general counsel for Prime Healthcare, an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Over the past year, Richlin has led the Legal Department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and provided tremendous support to the system and its front-line caregivers.  This past year has brought extraordinary legal and operational challenges, but Richlin’s leadership of the Legal Department ensured consistent and sound legal advice to Prime Healthcare’s hospitals and medical groups.  


In addition to all of the challenges posed by the pandemic, Richlin helped lead Prime Healthcare’s acquisition of St. Francis Medical Center, a level II trauma center in South Los Angeles.  

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