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Richard J. Brickwedde

Practice areas:

Environmental and Natural Resources, Estate Planning, Administrative Law, Regulatory Practice, Transaction

About Me

In addition to the private sector, I have been employed in both the legislative and executive branches of NY State and the Federal Government. I have also represented various local governments. My career has been spent primarily in Syracuse, NY, Albany, NY and Washington, DC. My wife and I travel internationally as well as domestically, read a great deal and garden. I am active in not just professional organizations, but also various local organizations. In my practice, I attempt to teach my clients, my opponents and the agencies and courts before whom I appear a complex area of law with which they may not be totally familiar. I find that approach makes it easier to reach settlement or gain a favorable ruling.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1970

  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 75%
    34 years, 150 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 10%
    43 years
  3. Regulatory Practice: 5%
    35 years, 100 cases
  4. Administrative Law: 5%
    34 years, 150 cases
  5. Transaction: 2%
    36 years

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Cheryl Rivera Smith

    Mr. Brickwedde and I practice in some of the same areas of law. I have had the privilege of reviewing many of her responses and comments to questions posted on Avvo. His answers and comments reflect a deep understanding of the law and have provided helpful information. I endorse this lawyer.


    Cheryl Smith Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Peter J Weinman

    I endorse this lawyer based on having read literally dozens of his answers on this website. His reasoning is solid, his knowledge of the law strong, and his answers are well thought out and clear enough for laypeople to grasp.


    Peter Weinman Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Brickwedde Richard J Attorney

211 W. Jefferson Street
Suite 26
Syracuse, NY, 13202



NYCurrently registered 197003/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Goodwill AmbassadorInternational Center of Syracuse2004
Public Citizenship AwardNYPIRG1980
Honorary Citizen of State of TexasState of Texas1976
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's WhoN/A
Who's Who in American Lawmarquis Who's Who in American LawN/A
Who's Who in the EastMarquis's Who's WhoN/A


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Onondaga County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeBoard of Directors2002 - 2004
Onondaga County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeCo-Chair1998 - 2000
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Onondaga County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationState and Local Government Section Env subcommittee ChairN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Syracuse Post StandardWe All Count2010
SYRACUSE LAW REVIEW Vol. 56 No. 4Annual Review of New York Environmental Law2006
THE URBAN LAWYER Vol. 38 No. 3,Annual Review of the Law: Recent Developments: Solid Waste2006
ABA Solid Waste News Vol. 2, No. 2,Superfund Equity Recycling Act of 19992000
ABA State and Local Government News, Vol. 18, No. 2Interstate Garbage: The Carbone Case and the Commerce Clause1995


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
Syracuse UniversityN/AA.B.1966
SUNY College of ForestryForestryN/A1963
SUNY College of ForestryEnvironmental SciencesN/AN/A