Richard T. Bell, Jr.
Richard T. Bell, Jr., a principal of the firm, received his B.A. from St. John Fisher College in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Toledo in 1997. He is an experienced litigator in both state and federal Courts in New York, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, construction law, and real property taxation. Mr. Bell has practiced construction law since his admission to the Bar, representing public owners, contractors, subcontractors, vendors and designers in all aspects of construction. He also dedicates significant time to real property tax litigation, and is experienced in corporate matters including business formation, drafting and negotiation of shareholder/operating agreements and litigation involving non-compete/non-disclosure agreements, contract disputes, dissolution and business valuation. In addition, Mr. Bell is an experienced appellate practitioner, having appeared often before the State Appellate Division and having participated in matters before the State Court of Appeals.
Mr. Bell is active in local politics, serving as past treasurer of the Monroe County Republican Party and having been appointed by former Governor Pataki to serve as a trustee for the New York State IOLA Fund and the SUNY Brockport College Council. He is a former board member of the Monroe County Board of Ethics and has served as a Director on several local development companies in Monroe County. Mr. Bell is currently counsel to the Greater Rochester Sports Authority and is the Management Consultant for the Monroe Security and Safety Systems Local Development Company, a company responsible for a nearly quarter-billion dollar upgrade and enhancement of Monroe County's security and safety infrastructure. Mr. Bell also serves on the Board of Directors for the Richard T. Bell Foundation, a charitable foundation committed to funding local charities serving the Greater Rochester community. Mr. Bell is a member of the Monroe County and New York State Bar Associations and is an associate member of the Associated General Contractors of New York. He is also a member of Penfield Country Club and continues trying to reduce his handicap, without much success.