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Richard Brent Somach, a member with the firm and based in the Pennsylvania office, focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. 


In the banking area, Rich assists clients with their transactional, litigation, and operational needs, and has extensive experience handling collections, foreclosures and complex commercial workouts.


Rich has represented real estate owners, developers and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, residential subdivisions and shopping center development.


As a licensed title insurance agent, Rich manages the title insurance and settlement company, ABE Settlement Services, to creatively serve client needs.  He currently serves as legal counsel to the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS®.


Rich serves as Solicitor for Lower Macungie Township and as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office and the Tax Claim Bureau and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales and real estate tax sales.  He moderated “Sheriff's Sales in Pennsylvania” and authored “Sheriff's Sales and Real Estate Tax Sales” for A Day on Real Estate, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI).  Previously, he has presented lectures on mortgage foreclosures, "Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure" and "Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure" for PBI and has lectured at the annual Real Estate Institute Program.

Active in many community organizations, Rich was a past president of the Salisbury Township School Board.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lehigh County Bar Association, where he served as President in 1992. 

Rich collects antique automobiles and represents several valuable collections, as well as many local automobile and motorcycle dealerships.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 30%
  2. Banking: 30%
  3. Probate: 20%
  4. Debt Collection: 20%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Cheryl Rivera Smith

    Mr. Somach 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

  • James S. Tupitza

    Rich is one of the top lawyers in the entire state on banking and collection issues. He is the long-time lawyer for the Sheriff of Lehigh County. He knows more about sheriff's sales than anyone I know.


    James Tupitza Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA

1611 Pond Road, Suite 300
Allentown, PA, 18104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lehigh County Bar AssociationPresident1992 - 1992
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Lehigh County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
WithumSmith + Brown, P.C. NewsletterForeclosure Delays Require Creative Solutions2010
Lehigh Valley Legal BlogReal Estate Tax Sales Know How2010
Lehigh Valley Legal BlogSheriff's Sales Know How2010
Pennsylvania Tax ServiceLiens and Tax Sales1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Lehigh UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Real Estate Institute ProgramIssues in Residential Mortgage ForeclosureN/A
Annual Real Estate Institute ProgramIssues in Commercial Mortgage ForeclosureN/A
A Day on Real EstateSheriff's Sales in PennsylvaniaN/A