Richard W. Smith is a member of Bernstein Shur's Real Estate Practice Group and Energy and Environmental Practice Group. Rick's multi-state practice in shopping center and retail leases and acquisitions also includes development and complex title problem work. Prior to returning to private practice in 2005, Rick served for nearly two decades as vice president, state manager or state counsel for Lawyers, Commonwealth Land, Ticor and Chicago Title Insurance companies. He has been approved as an expert witness in real estate and title insurance disputes, mediates real estate and land use matters and has been appointed by the Maine Superior Court to serve as a referee in real estate cases.
Rick is the Searching Maine Titles chapter author for a forethcoming Massachusetts MCLE New England Practice Series Handbook and co-author of the title insurance chapter. He is a member of the real estate sections of both the New Hampshire and Maine Bar Associations and is a frequent lecturer at Bar Association and privately sponsored seminars on title, boundary and title insurance topics. He serves as liaison between the Maine title standards committee and the state's Geo-Library Board on its GIS and land records integration project. Rick is a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional and is a member of the firm's Green Building Team.
Rick is recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA for his work in real estate.
As the 1992 founder and current president of the Hydrogen Energy Center, Rick promotes the use of hydrogen as a storage medium for renewably generated electricity, as a fuel for hydrogen-electric vehicles, for equipment providing on-site heat and electricity to buildings and as a replacement for batteries in consumer electronics and materials handling equipment.
June 4, 2014 Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors in Chambers USA for Corporate M&A (including Bankruptcy), Energy & Natural Resources and Real Estate
March 27, 2014 Bernstein Shur Joined 400+ Wind Energy Experts at Northeast Summit
March 21, 2014 Bernstein Shur's Wind Energy Team Sponsors AWEA Wind Energy Regional Summit on March 25 & 26 in South Portland
August 15, 2013 Nine Bernstein Shur Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers' 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” Distinction
May 24, 2013 Leading Law Directory Awards Bernstein Shur Top Honors in Corporate M&A (including Bankruptcy), Energy & Natural Resources and Real Estate
June 12, 2012 Bernstein Shur Earns Top Honors from Leading Law Directory
November 13, 2014 Real Estate Tip: Risky Risk Allocation
October 23, 2014 REAL ESTATE TIP - Confusing Precision with Accuracy
October 7, 2014 Real Estate Tip: ALTA 34-06 - The Endorsement That Saves The Day
September 18, 2014 Real Estate Tip - Resolving Ambiguities Between Landlords and Tenants
August 12, 2014 Mainebiz Real Estate Insider - Commercial Insurance Issues
July 31, 2014 Real Estate Tip - Keep It in The Family?
July 22, 2014 Mainebiz Real Estate Insider - Lender Liability in Real Estate Closings; Know Your Closer Well
June 19, 2014 Real Estate Tip: The Emperor Has No Exhibits
June 5, 2014 Real Estate Tip: The Case of the Shrinking Easement
May 22, 2014 Real Estate Tip - Lender Liability in Real Estate Closings; Know Your Closer Well
May 9, 2014 Real Estate Tip - When a Title Insurer's Coverage Isn't
April 25, 2014 Real Estate Tip - Commercial Purchase & Sale Agreements: The Basics Meet Today's Market
April 10, 2014 Real Estate Tip: Hire Your Own Surveyor to Avoid a Close Call
April 1, 2014 Mainebiz Real Estate Insider: “But I Didn't Sign Anything” - How Electronic Communication Can Lead to Unexpected Contracts
March 13, 2014 Real Estate Tip - Condominiums: Development & Declarant Rights
February 21, 2014 Real Estate Tip - “But I Didn't Sign Anything”
February 7, 2014 Real Estate Tip - Green Building Market Expected to Grow to $83B by 2016
January 24, 2014 REAL ESTATE TIP - Part 2: Planning Board Demands: When Are They Unconstitutional?
January 9, 2014 Real Estate Tip - Planning Board Demands: When Are They Unconstitutional?
December 3, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Development Density: Three Key Contributors to Public Infrastructure
November 4, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Standard Forms May Lead to Not-So-Standard Responsibilities
October 18, 2013 Real Estate Tip: Price Protection for the Stalking Horse Bidder
October 3, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Mortgage Loan Inspections: More Important Than You Think
September 12, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Uniform Statutory Trust Entity Act: Citizenship vs. State
August 23, 2013 Real Estate Tip - The Built Environment and Profitability
August 9, 2013 Real Estate Tip - How to Resolve Easement Disputes
July 19, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Ground Leasing Part 3: Default May Lead to Tenant Losing Building
July 3, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Ground Leasing Part 2: By-Agreement & Percentage-Rent Options
June 14, 2013 Ground Leasing Part 1: Leasing Land Instead of a Building
May 23, 2013 Real Estate Tip - On-Site Power Generation Part 2: Who Pays Fuel Tax on Your Natural Gas Honda Civic?
May 9, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Renewable On-Site Power: Who Pays to Charge a Tenant's Chevy Volt?
April 26, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Hedge Against Future Inflation: Understanding The Capitalization Rate
April 12, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Tenant Fit-Up: When is the Job Complete?
March 28, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Casualty Loss: High Insurance Deductibles Can Inflate Common Area Maintenance Charges
March 14, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Permitting: A $48m Lesson on the Importance of Notifying All Neighbors
February 28, 2013 Real Estate Tip: LEED Certification and Energy Efficiency Part 2
February 14, 2013 Real Estate Tip - LEED Certification and Energy Efficiency Part 1
February 1, 2013 Real Estate Tip - “Signed and Sealed” Still Makes a Difference
January 17, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Should You Consider a Trust as an LLC Alternative?
January 4, 2013 Real Estate Tip - Vacating Paper Streets; No Short Cuts for Notice
December 13, 2012 Real Estate Tip - Avoid a Grinch-y No Coverage Surprise: Add a UCC Policy to Your Title Insurance Checklist
November 29, 2012 Real Estate Tip - Is Your Awning Personal Property or Real Estate: Who Decides?
November 9, 2012 Real Estate Tip - Know Your Rights: First Negotiation & First Offer
October 26, 2012 Real Estate Tip- How to Purchase Your Rented Space: Options to Purchase & Rights of First Refusal
October 10, 2012 Real Estate Tip - Tricky Business Part II: Waiving Claims, Subrogation and Insured Losses for Landlords
September 27, 2012 Real Estate Tip - Tricky Business Part 1: Indemnification for Landlords
September 13, 2012 Real Estate Tip - Certificate of Insurance: Are you sure you want to be an Additional Insured?
August 23, 2012 Real Estate Tip - After a Fire: Will your insurance really cover the cost to rebuild?
August 9, 2012 Real Estate Tip - Make Your Brownfield Green: Access Federal $ for Assessments
July 27, 2012 Real Estate Tip: Casualty Loss - Is Your Gargoyle Covered?