Richard A. Fineman


Richard Fineman has more than 25 years of experience in real estate law and business, as both in-house and outside counsel. Rich has handled a wide variety of complex real estate matters, including sophisticated development projects, acquisitions, dispositions, leases, and financings, as well as public-private transactions and distressed real estate matters.

Rich’s practice includes representing, counseling, and advising lenders, borrowers, underwriters, trustees, special servicers, developers, landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, owners, property managers, nonprofit institutions, and governmental and quasi-governmental agencies in structuring, documenting, and negotiating a broad range of complex commercial real estate and real estate finance transactions, including:

  • acquisitions, sales, and development of commercial property;
  • construction, permanent, and bond financing;
  • development and leasing of ground, office, corporate headquarter, industrial, and retail space; and
  • distressed real estate transactions, including foreclosures, receiverships, and workouts.

In addition, Rich has deep and diverse experience representing private parties, nonprofit and educational institutions (including healthcare systems), and governmental and quasi-governmental agencies in unique commercial development and finance transactions, including professional sports arenas, skyscrapers, industrial marine terminals, student and military housing, healthcare (including in-patient treatment, educational, and research facilities), biofuel, public-private partnerships, and privatization projects.

Rich also has wide-ranging experience with real estate-related business issues, including:

  • oversight and management of day-to-day legal, operational, and compliance matters and strategies for projects and properties;
  • preparation, administration, and enforcement of various contracts;
  • property, asset, and risk management;
  • formation and management of business entities;
  • negotiation, implementation, and management of joint venture, investor, and tenant-in-common transactions; and
  • coordination and oversight of teams of legal and other professionals, including tax, accounting, insurance, and bankruptcy.


  • 2021, Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers 
  • 2019, “Recognizing Excellence in Real Estate Law,” by Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2015, Legal Leaders: Top-Rated Lawyers, listed in The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • AV Preeminent® Rating, listed by Martindale-Hubbell® (Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence)
  • Joseph W. Price III Memorial Award in Taxation Law, awarded by Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law


Professional Activities

Rich is a Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Class of 2021). From 2014 to 2017, Rich served as Chair, and from 2017 to 2018 as Vice-Chair, of the American Bar Association’s Property, Casualty and Other Non-Title Insurance Committee. From 2011 to 2014, he served as an adjunct professor of law at Temple University James A. Beasley School of Law, teaching “Integrated Transactional Practice—Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating” and “Commercial Leasing.” In addition, Rich has lectured and written materials for numerous seminars related to commercial real estate matters for the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the National Business Institute.



  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court - New Jersey


  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, JD, magna cum laude
  • Indiana University-Bloomington, BS, with distinction