Richard is a partner in the law firm Blank Rome LLP. He focuses his practice on tax, estate and trust planning, administration and litigation, and the representation of cultural institutions. His practice encompasses all matters of sophisticated wealth transfer tax planning, trust and estate administration, and charitable planning for individuals, families, and organizations. In addition to his legal practice, Rich lectures frequently on tax and estate-related matters and has served as an adjunct professor of law at Albany Law School. Outside the Firm, Rich’s outside interests include music, singing, golf, and the visual and performing arts. He serves on a number of Boards, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild (President), the Masonic Medical Research Institute, Chanticleer, and the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts.
Richard is an Honorary Committee Chair for the 2022 National ALF GALA.
He was diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Liver Disease (NASH) in August 2019, after being hospitalized for an acute blood infection that struck him without warning. During the dark days of dealing with both his chronic disease and the Covid-19 pandemic, he found himself very much isolated and alone and challenged by the fears and anxiety of liver disease and need for a transplant. He reached out to ALF though the ALF website looking for a support group and found Aimee, who had been facilitating in-person post-transplant groups prior to onset of the pandemic. He credits the support group as one of the reasons he is alive. He received the Gift of Life on May 31, 2021 and he is living life to the fullest - doing what he can to express his gratitude.