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.
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Lehigh County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Lehigh County Bar Association||President||1992 - 1992|
|WithumSmith + Brown, P.C. Newsletter||Foreclosure Delays Require Creative Solutions||2010|
|Lehigh Valley Legal Blog||Real Estate Tax Sales Know How||2010|
|Lehigh Valley Legal Blog||Sheriff's Sales Know How||2010|
|Pennsylvania Tax Service||Liens and Tax Sales||1987|
|Hofstra University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1974|
|Lehigh University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1971|
|Annual Real Estate Institute Program||Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure||N/A|
|Annual Real Estate Institute Program||Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure||N/A|
|A Day on Real Estate||Sheriff's Sales in Pennsylvania||N/A|