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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 business litigation involving non-compete/non-disclosure agreements, contract disputes, corporate dissolution and business valuation.  In addition, Mr. Bell is an experienced appellate practitioner, having successfully argued numerous appeals before the State Appellate Division and having participated in matters before the State Court of Appeals.

Mr. Bell has significant experience representing municipalities and public authorities, providing counsel on state regulations, open meeting requirements and issues involving the Freedom of Information Act.  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.  In addition, Mr. Bell has lectured on construction and contract law and is recognized by “Superlawyers” in construction law and litigation.