For the past thirty years, Rich has served as “outside general counsel” to a number of privately-held businesses, entrepreneurs, developers, and real estate investors.
Rich’s practice involves day-to-day legal issues, strategic planning, and complex domestic and international commercial transactions. Rich utilizes a “collaborative approach” when representing clients, working with accountants, financial, tax and insurance advisors to achieve client goals and objectives.
Rich is entrusted by his clients to resolve business, real estate and financial disputes through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Rich always strives to find cost-effective solutions to disputes before engaging in costly and time-consuming litigation. When needed, Rich enforces and protects clients’ interests in state and federal court.
Business transactions are an increasingly important part of the commercial landscape. Rich brings a collaborative and common-sense approach to guiding clients through the process of buying and selling a company. Rich advises clients on a broad range of complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, project financing, joint ventures, partnerships and debt restructuring. He also represents clients in general corporate governance matters, drafting and reviewing contracts, employment agreements, leases, and loan documents.
Rich’s real estate practice covers a wide range of the real estate industry, including sales and acquisitions of portfolio and individual assets, real estate development, real estate finance, leasing, joint ventures, and partnerships.
Rich represents developers, builders, landowners and investors navigating the complex rules, regulations and requirements of local, state and federal agencies to secure development approvals and construction permits. His representation involves working with clients from the land and building acquisition through the zoning and permitting process, and the construction process.
Rich’s clients entrust him with their business, real estate, financial and estate disputes based on his ability to obtain favorable outcomes. He has a track record of success. He works to resolve clients’ disputes with minimal disruption of their businesses and avoid costly litigation where possible. When necessary, he will try a case to conclusion when clients’ interests demand it.
Rich is litigation counsel to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). He obtained a successful trial verdict for this world-wide Church after a five-day trial in Atlantic City involving a dissident parish seeking to take property from the Church. Read more about this case in this article (pdf) from The Wall Street Journal.
In another lawsuit for ROCOR, Rich represented his client in Nyack, New York, where he obtained a pre-trial dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a dissident parishioner. He also successfully defended this pre-trial dismissal on appeal to the New York State Appellate Division.
Rich obtained a $455,000 verdict for a financial services client in a breach of contract trial in Mercer County. Rich’s client hired a “Knowledge Management” firm to implement artificial intelligence software. When the implementation failed, he was forced to initiate suit against the consulting firm.
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