Richard Plansky is executive vice president for complex investigations at K2 Intelligence, based in New York. With more than two decades of investigative experience, Richard serves as a trusted independent advisor and complex problem solver to a wide variety of clients, including major corporations, financial institutions, law firms, nonprofits, and high-net-worth individuals. Clients from across industries—whether a corporation trying to determine if a trade secret has been compromised or a trade association suspecting industrywide corruption—turn to Richard to help them mitigate risk through expert fact-finding. Among many other engagements, Richard has led groundbreaking investigations into media transparency for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA); the illegal sale of guns on the internet for Everytown for Gun Safety; and political corruption in the state of New York for the Moreland Commission to Combat Public Corruption.
Before joining K2 Intelligence, Richard was senior managing director and head of the New York office at Kroll Advisory Solutions, where he led the U.S. general investigations practice. At Kroll, he developed an extensive body of work in corporate investigations of all varieties, including fraud, intellectual property infringement, FCPA violations, litigation support, investigative due diligence, and employee misconduct of all varieties.
Prior to working at Kroll, Richard was deputy criminal justice coordinator for the Mayor of the City of New York, where he supervised the development of numerous criminal justice initiatives. Prior to that, he served as an assistant district attorney for the District Attorney of New York County, where he successfully prosecuted numerous serious felony cases, including homicides and sex crimes.
Richard’s work as a prosecutor has been featured on Court TVs Murder by the Book, A&E’s Cold Case Files, and the Discovery Channel’s The New Detectives. He has also appeared as a commentator on Fox News Channel, CNBC, and TruTV and presented on trademark enforcement strategies at conferences sponsored by the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition and the U.S. State Department.
Richard currently serves on the corporate governance committee of Marathon Asset Management and on the board of directors for Safe Horizon, the country’s largest victim services nonprofit.
Richard received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in psychology from Duke University.