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Richard Lance Wise

Debt and lending agreements Attorney at Salem, MA

5.0   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found

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All businesses and families will, from time to time, find themselves awash in an unfamiliar sea of change. Changes in market conditions, complex and substantial litigation or threatened legal action, the opening of a unique opportunity that lies in unchartered waters, challenges of succession, and extreme financial pressures, are all occasional, but not atypical life cycle events where one’s own experience and the experience of their traditional trusted advisors proves only to be “a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.”

Mr Wise works with clients and professional colleagues in a close, personalized fashion, combining his holistic understanding of and experience with, local culture and environment with a disciplined, methodological approach to business and litigation stratagems in order successfully to address the challenge at hand. Mr Wise’s background combines extensive “big firm” expertise and the seasoning that only comes with repeated exposure to complex, high-pressure domestic and international crises which he applies seeking creatively to develop a customized approach tailored to the needs, goals and comfort of the client as a whole.

The Chinese word for crisis is written with two characters; one meaning danger, and the other meaning opportunity. Change management of crises, therefore, is a crossroad at which the client faces both a blessing and a curse: managing the danger and seizing the opportunity. Mr Wise works at that intersection

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Richard Lance Wise
51 Washington Square N
Salem, MA, 01970


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Posted by Patrick | October 23, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Richard was exceptional. You just don't have attorneys who would respond as quickly. He called me within minutes. I spent weeks reaching out to attorneys. Only a very few responded but none could help me. Richard was very knowledge and offered me great advice. Thank you so very much.Highly recommended
Posted by Frank | December 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Fat Guy Bald Guy Computers
I own a retail computer repair shop in Gloucester Massachusetts. We on occasion have the need for data recovery services. We were solicited by Fat Guy Bald Guy Computer services in 2015 and inn the hopes we would use their data recovery service. We obliged and availed ourselves of their services which initially were excellent. Over time however the level of service deteriorated to the point where we could not contact them either by phone or email in regards to 2 hard drives we had sent them for data recovery. Upon speaking to Richard he immediately researched the company and located their legal name and drafted a demand letter which he promptly sent to them. We are awaiting a response. Richard is the consummate professional and his knowledge in these matters is exceptional. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal assistance or advice.
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Posted by Leon | December 13, 2017
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Review of Richard Wise
Attorney Wise has handled several complex business issues for me and for my Company. Each of them were dealt with intense effort, unusual creativity, excellent research and review. He was patient in his consideration and asked probing questions of me and my associates. In one matter involving a bank transaction, he displayed superior legal experience and had the bank's attorneys respectfully tied up in a knot.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2017
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Excellent business Attorney
I have been a client of Richard’s for 15 years his legal advice has been spot on, I recommend him highly.
Posted by Mason | December 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly competent, experienced, and trustworthy
Atty. Wise has provided counsel and representation for my wife and me on multiple occasions. He is not only highly competent, with a vast range of knowledge and experience, but is one of the most trustworthy people I know. I recommend his services without reservation.
Posted by Wayne | December 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Guiding Light
Richard Wise has been my constant guiding hand for the past several years. Whenever there has been a crisis, or an opportunity, Richard's wise counsel has been there for us. He has saved us from litigation, opened doors to new opportunities, and always been a friend and guiding light. Richard is a deeply learned and literate man with the ability to explain complex issues in a clear and concise manner. Clearly he has a deep knowledge of the law, with an understanding of both the letter, spirit, and application. His understanding of the needs of individuals and entrepreneurs is a wonderful and most useful skill.
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Posted by Pawel | March 24, 2015
Legal assistance with LLC funded via self directed IRA
Richard guided me through all the legalities of setting up an IRA funded LLC back in 2013. This included a lot of explanations and advice on the underlying legal issues provided to me personally, drawing up legal documents, hand holding filing of all kinds of paperwork with the bank, state and federal authorities. In the end all of the advice and hand-holding turned out to be right on target which I was able to confirm through other channels. Richard always answered my calls and emails in a very timely fashion and I felt fully supported throughout the process. The fee was fully disclosed by Richard up front and never inflated afterwards regardless of the time spent talking to me. All business was handled via phone calls and emails and we never actually had to meet in person. This was a totally satisfying experience and I would not hesitate retaining Richard’s legal services in the future. Richard is very professional, energetic, listens to all concerns, does not rush conversations, is very easy to communicate with - and on the top of it has a great sense of humor.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2015
This attorney has represented me in several very complex business matters. He was a quick study, fair and reasonable with the opposition and relentless in bringing matters to a conclusion.
Posted by Rosemary | March 17, 2015
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Richard Lance Wise shows the world what an Attorney is capable of with exemplary performance and conduct. He reaches out to his clients with comprehensive knowledge and style. Richard's standards are worthy of complete admiration and respect. There is no other I would trust as completely effective. My issues in the past have been challenging and difficult. Richard handled my cases with professional ease and grace. Please, if you are looking for the best for your legal issues do not hesitate to setup a consultation with Richard. He is assertive, authoritative and comprehensive in his legal approach. To sum it up in one word, Richard is a BRILLIANT ATTORNEY. . .
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Posted by Tony P | March 16, 2015
Great Attorney
I work on a contract negotiation with Richard he is by far the best attorney I have ever worked with.He will make sure you are getting the best deal and he will fight for it.I would highly recommend him as an outstanding attorney.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Richard L Wise
  • 2007 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Newbury College
  • 2014 - 2014
  • General Counsel
  • Worldwide PCE LLC
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Special Member
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Partner
  • Gordon & Wise LLP
  • 1987 - 2001
  • Assistant Attorney
  • Widett, Slater & Goldman, PC
  • 1977 - 1983
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  • Tufts University - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • MA - Masters
  • 2002
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Boston University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • 1968
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  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Sutton Lodge of Perfection - Vallley of Salem
  • Thrice Potent Master Master
  • 2016 - Present
  • 10th Masonic District
  • District Service Officer
  • 2012 - 2013

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Boston's Best Lawyers
  • Boston Globe
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Recognition for Pro Bono service to the community
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2011
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  • Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review
  • Corporate Governance and Culture: Underpinnings of the European Model, "Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, Volume 8, Number 1"
  • 2006
  • Journal of Corporate Renewal
  • Finding Competitive Advantages in Corporate Governance, Part I, "16 The Journal of Corporate Renewal 7 @ pp 10-13 (July 2003)"
  • 2003
  • Journal of Corporate Renewal
  • Finding Competitive Advantages in Corporate Governance, Part II, "16 The Journal of Corporate Renewal 8 @ pp 22-24 (August 2003"
  • 2003
  • The Boston Business Journal
  • The Sirens’ Song of Failure
  • 2003
  • 27 NACD Directors’ Monthly 6
  • Sarbanes-Oxley: Fear, Anger, and Director Liability
  • 2003
  • US Business Review
  • Empowering the Watchdog
  • 2002
  • The National Law Journal
  • Corporate Reform: Balance the Powers, "The National Law Journal (August 5, 2002)"
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Massachusetts Bar Association CLE Seminar
  • Lecturer at 2005 Massachusetts Bar Association CLE Seminar on An Epistemological Approach to Good Corporate Governance for Companies, Private and Public
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Top Notch Attorney!"
Litigation Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the finest lawyers I have ever known."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Wise for over ten years. Although we met as adversaries representing opposing interests, I was impressed with his professionalism and zealous advocacy on behalf of his client. He works diligently on his cases with significant attention to the legal issues and a great sense of concern for protecting the interests of his clients. In my experience, he has always demonstrated the highest moral character and integrity. I would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a highly skilled and dedicated attorney."
Salem Debt and lending agreements Lawyer Richard Lance Wise
Richard Lance Wise
Debt and lending agreements Attorney
Salem, MA
Licensed for 46 years
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