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Richard Albert Luthmann

Estate planning Attorney at Staten Island, NY

4.6   9 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 17 years
    New Jersey - NJ 19 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2006
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2019
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2004
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2019

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills, Trusts, Lifetime Giving, Charitable Trusts and Foundations, Asset Protection, Offshore Trusts and Companies, Family Limited Partnerships, Estate and Death Tax Avoidance, Installment Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Disposition of Family Business, Life Insurance Trusts, Prenuptial Agreements, Pre-Divorce Planning, Living Wills, Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, HIPPA Authorizations, Grantor Trusts, Techniques are tailored to client needs and risk tolerance

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Tax
    Trusts and Estates Litigation; Probate Litigation; Surrogate's Court; Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts, Avoidance of Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Avoidance of State Death Taxes, Avoidance of State Income Taxes through re-domiciliation, Estate, Gift and Generation Skippting Transfer Tax Planning, Advice on Efficiency with respect to the Income Taxation of Individuals, Partnerships, Corporations, Trusts and Estates, Substantial Authority Tax Law Opinions

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Business
    Commercial representation, business formation, litigation and advice for business owners.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Credit repair
    10% Remove default judgments; Settle with creditors for pennies on the dollar; Sue Creditors for outlansih tactics under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act; Get Foreclosure Cases dismissed.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Foreclosure
    Foreclosure Defense for clients who wish to do short-sales on their homes.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Probate
    Will Contests; Probate Litigation; Administration of Estates; Trust litigation; Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims against Trustee; Petitions to Compel an Accounting of a Trust or Estate

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  7. Guardianship
    Helping families with elder law issues related to an incapacitated loved one.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  8. Election campaigns and political law
    Election Lawyer who has argued before the New York State Court of Appeals.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

Richard A. Luthmann, the Founder of The Luthmann Law Firm PLLC, is admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts in New York and New Jersey and before the United States Tax Court.


Mr. Luthmann fights for his clients, protecting their businesses, their assets and their families from a slew of legal troubles.


Mr. Luthmann recently gained international fame as the "GAME OF THRONES" Lawyer who challenegd his adversary to a judicially sanctioned duel, noting that such relief may still be constitutionally available.


Mr. Luthmann is also past Vice President of the world-famous Old Blue Rugby Football Club and Counsel to the USA Rugby League.


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The Luthmann Law Firm, PLLC
1811 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY, 10314
Luthmann & Jones
New Jersey Office
30 Wood Avenue South, Suite 600
Iselin, NJ, 08830
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Posted by AnnMarie | February 5, 2013
made an unbearable matter bearable
Mr. Luthmann made an unbearable experience bearable. He made himself readily available through telephone, e-mail, and numerous personal contacts. He demonstrated a tireless work ethic and exhibited a calm demeanor and professional attitude. His paperwork was detailed and accurate. He presented himself in the courtroom with accuracy and confidence. I highly recommend Mr. Luthmann to take control of your legal concerns.
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Posted by Christopher | December 20, 2012
I hired Mr. Luthmann a few years back for some general legal advise. Since then I have relied upon Mr. Luthmann for his depth of knowledge and legal expertise in a variety of different areas. He has performed time and time again. Whether its protecting my families financial future, dealing with corporate matters or fighting unscrupulous creditors and debt collectors, Mr. Luthmann is an is an attorney I can count on and trust. An example to his profession, I recommend him highly.
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Posted by Jessie | May 15, 2011
Exemplary representation and protection of my family
During what should have been the happiest days of our lives following the birth of my son, my family was subject to the mental anguish of frivolous litigation. It was obvious to anyone who had taken a high school law course that the petition did not hold water; but in my particularly vulnerable state as a new mother, I felt so hurt and helpless. Richard explained the case to me in layman's terms without a hint of condescension and presented the facts candidly and concisely to the courts. When the opposition returned citing supporting cases which further held no merit, he kept me calm and was able to see where those representative cases actually disproved their claims and further proved mine. I would recommend Richard in a heartbeat; while he is a brilliant estate attorney, he has been a fierce advocate for my family and I would suggest him without hesitation to anyone seeking a litigator. He is a cutthroat attorney who has a terrific bedside manor with even a scared new mother. His humor can make the most disturbing situations easier to process because you know that he is leaving no stone unturned to protect you. I cannot imagine finding a better balance when I needed to protect my loved ones, and could not recommend Richard Luthmann more highly. Having him as my attorney makes me feel safe.
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Posted by Stu | April 1, 2010
It's your ass, don't take chances.
Whenever a legal problem arises, Mr. Luthmann is always the first call I make. Fortunately, there have only been four instances that demanded his assistance, but he always has an answer ready as to how I should handle the immediate circumstance, and what steps I should take moving forward. It never ceases to amaze me how little effort is required on my part upon involving Mr. Luthmann’s services. On three of the four instances, the problem just disappeared. I neither had to send in a letter, or even appear in the state. He had represented me in court and got the charges dropped and the fines expunged. On the fourth instance, a moving violation, he read all of the fine print and suggested that I pay the fine. His research was dead on: the points did not transfer back to my home state (i.e. driver’s license), and the fine negated the need to fly back for a court date. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Luthmann’s record is impeccable. He goes out of his way to learn the necessary state’s laws’ loopholes and keep me, the client, from having to do any legwork. His findings are then described to me in layman’s English, and the best course of action is always that which he recommends. It’s almost too easy. If dealing with Mr. Luthmann were any easier, I might be tempted to push the law’s boundaries just to see what happens.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2010
Rich Luthman's Work
Rich's work was prompt, thorough and very high quality. I would recommend him for anybody looking for help in his areas of expertise.
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2010
I have been through a litigation action that Richard represented my interests and prevailed. I am now utilizing Richard for several other actions , due to him manner and professionalism.
Posted by O.J. | March 24, 2010
Extremely professional and competent!
Richard has assisted me in many matters over the years. He has always demonstrated the utmost professionalism, and his knowledge of the law is unparalleled. He takes the time to explain things to you in a manner you can understand, and displays a level of confidence that puts you at ease knowing you have the best man for the job. I strongly recommend Rich Luthmann to anyone seeking services in estate planning or litigation.
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Posted by Timothy | March 24, 2010
Richard seems to know everything. Very helpful and had the answers with solution right away.
Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not recommended
He did not do any thing in my case its been almost 3years now to get the letter of admenstraion till now nothing happen because of his dealy and his assestants i pay him $4000 and he did not do anything
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  • Hourly Rates $ 425-425 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Temporary Suspension issued in NJ, 2019
updated on 11/11/2020

Temporary suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice during a disciplinary investigation. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Disbarment issued in NY, 2019
updated on 09/08/2021

Disbarment is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court to understand the reasons for disbarment.

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • The Luthmann Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Menicucci, Villa & Associates
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Senior Associate
  • Borteck, Sanders & Torzewski, LLP
  • 2010 - 2010
  • General Counsel
  • Bonfire Productions, Inc.
  • 2007 - 2009
  • General Counsel
  • Intervision Network Corporation
  • 2007 - 2009
  • General Counsel
  • Atlantis Techonology Group
  • 2007 - 2007
  • External Counsel
  • The Cotswold Group
  • 2006 - 2007
  • External Counsel
  • Ansbacher (Bahamas) Limited
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Trust Officer
  • The Coral Gables Trust Company
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Law Clerk
  • Sak & Rampulla, LLP
  • 1999 - 2004
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  • University of Miami School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2005
  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Columbia University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fall v. Luthmann
  • Case entertained by New York State Court of Appeals
  • "J" Family Estate Plan
  • Created Potential Tax Savings of over $8 million
  • "JD" Offshore Planning
  • Offshore Solution For International Businessman
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  • Richmond County Kiwanis Club
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Giving Hope Network
  • Board Member and Pro-Bono General Counsel
  • 2012 - Present
  • Staten Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Pro-Bono Counsel
  • 2011 - Present
  • USA Rugby League
  • Board Member and Pro-Bono General Counsel
  • 2011 - Present
  • NYC Arts Cypher
  • Vice Chair and Pro-Bono Counsel
  • 2011 - Present
  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • The Columbia Club
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • The Old Blue Rugby Football Club
  • Member / Past Vice President
  • 2001 - Present
  • Staten Island Economic Development Corporation
  • Vice Chair - 40 Under 40 Leadership Group
  • 2012 - 2013
  • SIEDC 40 Under 40 Leadership Group
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • New Jersey Monthly
  • 2014
  • Top Attorney Rising Star
  • New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2013
  • 20 Under 40 Leadership Award
  • Staten Island Economic Development Corporation
  • 2012
  • 2010 Tax Lawyer of the Year
  • The Lion's Head
  • 2010
  • 2009 Young Lawyer of the Year
  • The Lion's Head
  • 2009
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Attendance at the Heckerling Insitute For Estate Planning
  • 2005
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  • NJICLE Seminar of Estate Planning
  • Estate Taxes in New Jersey 2010: Back to the Future? (with Robert D. Borteck)
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Income Tax Section CLE
  • Credit Shelter Trusts in the Age of Portability
  • 2013
  • CLE at Wagner College
  • 2012 Income Tax Update
  • 2012
  • CLE
  • Income and Estate Taxes for 2012 and 2013
  • 2012
  • Richmond County Bar Association CLE
  • Income Taxation of Non-Resident Aliens; New FACTA Provisions and Regulations
  • 2011
  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • 2011 - Income Tax Update - March 16, 2011
  • 2011
  • Broker - Agent Roundtable
  • 2011 Tax Update
  • 2011
  • RCBA Tax Committee
  • 2010 - Tax and Estate Planning Update
  • 2010
  • Estate Planning in New Jersey 2010
  • Estate Planning During the Repeal of the Federal Estate Tax
  • 2010
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law for Realtors
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law for Realtors
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (157)
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Estate planning Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is an exceptional attorney, an aggressive litigator and a trusted adviser. I endorse him for his depth of knowledge in all matters related to estate planning, asset protection and tax law."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Other
"Experience and knowledge defines this attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 10
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 13
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Nov 03
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Sep 16
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard Albert Luthmann is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Responsible and respected member of the legal community."
Business Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A truly excellent attorney well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend and endorse Richard Luthmann. He has an excellent reputation with both judges and fellow lawyers. Mr. Luthmann takes a practical approach to litigation, negotiation and settlement."
Credit repair Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Mr. Luthmann through his activity on Avvo. Mr. Luthmann is highly knowledgeable, always willing to answer questions, and I always learn something from his responses. I would not hesitate to recommend clients to him."
Tax Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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