M. Richard Valenti

M. Richard Valenti

Managing Partner
Newton, New Jersey

Richard Valenti joined the firm in 1984. He currently serves as its managing partner. He has extensive experience in complex commercial and business transactions, real estate transactions, land use approvals, and loan transactions. Mr. Valenti's practice also covers municipal government law and estate planning and administration.

Mr. Valenti has represented a wide variety of companies in lease negotiations, asset sale transactions, real estate purchases and sales and financing negotiations. He has obtained subdivision, site plan, and variance approvals for numerous clients. He has obtained approvals for a wide variety of commercial sites: large scale housing projects, gas stations, and commercial office buildings. He has represented numerous clients in their efforts to preserve farmland and open space through farmland preservation easements and sales to the Green Acres program. He has represented municipal governing bodies, boards of health and land use boards in several municipalities.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial / Business Transactions
  • Real Estate Purchases & Sales / Mortgage Transactions
  • Real Estate Development / Zoning & Planning
  • Municipal Government
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning / Estate Administration
  • Foreclosure / Collections
  • Construction Contracts / Construction Liens

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1984


  • The College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
    • B.A. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Economics

Representative Clients

  • First Hope Bank
  • Unette Corporation
  • Pioneer Packaging Inc.
  • Lakeland Bank


  • Lakeland Bank
  • First Hope Bank
  • Unette Corporation


  • Paralegal Studies - Adjunct Professor, Sussex County Community College
  • Real Estate Purchase & Sales, Sussex County Board of Realtor
  • Estate Planning / Living Wills

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Stillwater Township Zoning Board
  • Trustee / Director, Paulinskill Lake Property Owners Association
  • President & Head Coach, Stillwater / Fredon Wrestling Club
  • Member, Leadership Council, Project Self-Sufficiency
  • Counsel for Stillwater/Fredon Rescue Squad


  • English


  • Phi Beta Kappa