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Rick Bier joined Coughlin Duffy LLP as a Partner in July 2017.

Rick serves as a steadfast advocate for privately held and, often, family owned businesses and their entrepreneurial owners, guiding them through their most pressing business and corporate transactions. He is also well-versed in estate planning and trust administration issues, including business succession planning – a matter that affects nearly all family and other privately held enterprises. Rick also has extensive M&A experience, not only in connection with his family business practice, but also with Fortune 500 Companies during his many years working at national law firms including Greenberg Trauring, LLP and Fox Rothschild LLP. As part of Fairleigh Dickinson University Silberman College of Business and the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship’s New Jersey Family Business Awards, Rick plays a vital role in the due diligence process, interviewing the family business applicants. He is also an active member of the Family Firm Institute, the most influential global network of thought-leaders in the field of family enterprise.

In the realm of real estate law, Rick has deep and varied experience handling all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as real estate acquisitions, development and financing. Rick handles commercial leasing for office and industrial properties. He has also represented sponsors and building owners in connection with all phases of the process of converting residential and commercial properties to condominium status, including property acquisition and financing, regulatory compliance including the preparation of the offering prospectus and related documents and negotiation of same to approval, counsel and advice relating to tenant issues as well as representation in connection with the ultimate sale of condominium units.


Represented the principals of E.E. Cruz in the sale of its construction company to Flatiron/Turner Construction, a leading international construction concern, and continued representation of the successor entity.

Represented Roseland Properties Company from its inception as Starebare Partners, LP and Starebare II Partners, LP in their acquisition of asset portfolios valued at $200 million from a national bank.

Represented G-H-G Realty Company, LLC in connection with two financing totaling $55 million of a Manhattan high-rise office building.

Speaking Engagements

Frequent lecturer for the National Business Institute 

Awards and Honors

New Jersey Super Lawyers (2006, 2009)


New Jersey Bar Association

New York Bar Association (Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section)

Vice Chairman and Panel Chair, District Fee Arbitration Committee by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Essex County

Vice Chairman, District Fee Arbitration Committee by the Supreme Court of New Jersey