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Richard B. Somach

Member | Pennsylvania

Richard Brent Somach 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 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. Previously, he has presented two lectures on mortgage foreclosures at the annual Real Estate Institute Program, “Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure” and “Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure.”

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.

Publications

  • “Lien Divestiture Starts with a Sale,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, December 6, 2018
  • “The Untold Story of ABE Title Insurance,” Norris McLaughlin P.A., Allentown, PA, October 25, 2018
  • “What’s on Second? Sophisticated Issues in Lien Divestiture & Priority,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA, March 24, 2014
  • Richard B. Somach Presented at Breakfast Seminar, March 12, 2013
  • Smith and Somach Present Distressed Properties Seminar to Lehigh Valley REALTORS®,” February 15, 2012
  • Somach to Speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institue’s “A Day on Real Estate – East
  • Smith and Somach Present Distressed Properties Seminar to Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, February 3, 2012
  • Richard B. Somach Guest Speaker for Lehigh Valley Association of Realtors, July 15, 2010
  • Moderator, “Sheriff’s Sales in Pennsylvania,” A Day on Real Estate, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Author, “Sheriff’s Sales and Real Estate Tax Sales,” A Day on Real Estate, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Lecturer, “Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure,” Annual Real Estate Institute Program
  • Lecturer, “Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure,” Annual Real Estate Institute Program


Best Lawyers

Richard B. Somach was selected to the 2019 Best Lawyers® list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.


Martindale

Richard B. Somach was selected to the 2018 has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® status. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

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