Overview

Richard has thirty years' experience advising clients in tax matters, estate planning and administration, and business law. His clients include closely held corporations, partnerships, funds, tax-exempt organizations and high net worth individuals.  Prior to entering the practice of law, Richard practiced as a Certified Public Accountant.  His extensive knowledge of tax law enables him to counsel clients with respect to complex estate planning issues as well as the formation, operation, and sale of their businesses.

Richard frequently speaks to groups of attorneys, CPAs, clients, and the public. He has lectured on a wide variety of topics including basic and advanced estate planning, choice of entity, partnership tax, S corporation taxation, like kind exchanges, tax aspects of divorce, tax aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy, IRA distributions, generation skipping tax, Connecticut estate tax, Connecticut conveyance taxes, IRS collections and offers in compromise, the net investment income tax, and other subjects.

In 2018 and again in 2020, The Best Lawyers in America©  named Richard a "Lawyer of the Year" for his work in Tax Law in the Stamford area. He is recognized in the 2014-2021 editions of Best Lawyers® in the area of Tax Law, from 2018-2021 in the area of Business Organizations, and from 2020-2021 in the area of Trusts and Estates.  Richard also holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating, the highest possible Peer Review Rating™ from Martindale-Hubbell.

Credentials

Education

New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 1984

Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1983

State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1977

Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year", Tax Law, Stamford area, 2018, 2020

Best Lawyers in America®, Tax Law, 2014-2021

Best Lawyers in America®, Business Organizations, 2018-2021

Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates, 2020-2021

Martindale Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating

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Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association

  • Tax Section, Executive Committee, Chairman, 2009-2011

Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

  • Estate Planning and Probate and Tax Committees, former chairman

New York Bar Association

American Academy of Attorney CPAs

Support Staff

Pat Kerch
203.341.5314
pkerch@cohenandwolf.com

Community Involvement

United Way of Norwalk & Wilton, Past Director & Secretary

Westport Arts Center, Past Director

Norwalk Community Health Center, Inc, Past Director

Shore and Country Club, Board of Governors

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