Richard D. Choi’s legal career began in Toledo, Ohio. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, he moved to Toledo to attend the University of Toledo's College of Law as an academic scholarship recipient. As a law student, Richard worked in various legal settings, including the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Federal District Court of the Northern District of Ohio, and the law firm Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.
Upon graduation, Richard accepted a position with Miller Canfield as an Associate Attorney with the Corporate and Securities Group in the Troy, Michigan office. There, he built a broad corporate practice advising businesses, negotiating complex transactions and commercial arrangements, and drafting a wide range of contracts. In addition, Richard counselled companies with international trade issues, including Office of Foreign Asset Controls, International Traffic in Arms Regulation, and Export Administration Regulation compliance.
Currently, Richard is back in Ohio, serving as Legal Counsel for Owens-Illinois, Inc. (O-I) at its Perrysburg world headquarters. O-I, a publicly held fortune 500 company, is a global leader in the glass container industry. Although Richard advises various business units at O-I, he now can focus on the legal issues of a single corporation. Broadly described, Richard assists O-I with corporate issues in the context of an international business, including planning, negotiating, and drafting commercial agreements; developing and implementing legal processes; mitigating legal and financial risk; and export and import regulatory compliance.
Outside of work, participation in cultural and pro bono initiatives is important to Richard. From 2008 to May of 2011, Richard served as General Counsel to the Korean American Community of Metro Detroit (KACMD). The KACMD’s mission is to share Korean cultural awareness and understanding with metro Detroit communities. In addition, Richard is currently serving as secretary to MAPABA.