Richard J. Schoenfeld, Attorney at Law

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Architectural, Engineering, and Construction Law


New construction and renovation projects can include a number of complex legal matters.  With over twenty five of experience in the field of architectural, engineering and construction law,  Attorney Schoenfeld has advised builders, developers, owners, architects, engineers, and surveyors on matters pertaining to construction law, contract negotiations and interpretation, and general business. He can assist in identifying potential legal issues and offer workable solutions, recognizing the unique problems which can arise with a construction project and helping you avoid them.

Having worked for the state as both an employee and a consultant, Schoenfeld understands the complex nature of building contracts and construction law. He has provided counsel to clients on matters dealing with the bidding process and public contracting for public buildings and highways.

His versatility and expertise allow him to serve as your general counsel on the full range of issues and opportunities you may encounter on a daily basis.

His expertise extends to:

·  Business development

·  Contract drafting and negotiating

·  Contract review and interpretation

·  Collection issues

·  Change order disputes

·  Scope of work disputes

·  Construction defects

·  Subcontractor issues

·  Contractual warranty claims

·  Public bidding and contracting

He will be committed and available for the duration of your project to assist in the many areas of disputes that can arise between the owner and the contractor or between the contractor or the subcontractor.

Contact Richard J. Schoenfeld regarding any private or public architectural, engineering, or construction matter at 617 795-0133. 

Corporate - Business Formation/Business Advice


When starting a new business, selecting the appropriate entity can greatly impact your long term success. Smart and sensible business formation can help avoid the potential pitfalls as your business grows and succeeds. Your business will be protected in the formation of operational agreements and contracts including:

·  Drafting and negotiating real estate purchase and commercial leases

·  Documenting and providing opinions on zoning and municipal matters including subdivisions, variances, special permits, and related appeals

·  Obtaining operating licenses including liquor and entertainment licenses

·  Structuring and documenting business entity creation and operating agreements including: corporation, limited liability company, partnership agreements, or joint venture

·  Drafting employment agreements

·  Advising charities and non-profit organizations

After helping to put your new venture onto firm footing and establishing the fundamentals that will foster growth, please consider using Richard J. Schoenfeld as your general counsel to advise you with a comprehensive range of business and commercial transactions.

To take full advantage of strategic options and for growth and expansion for your business, contact Richard J. Schoenfeld at 617 795-0133 to schedule a confidential consultation. 

Government Relations


Effective government relations representation depends on extensive relationships with government decision makers, an in-depth knowledge of public processes, and a demonstrated ability to comprehend and articulate challenging policy issues. Attorney Schoenfeld has years of experience building that foundation, and stands ready to employ it to help you maximize opportunities, solve problems, stay informed, and enhance the reputation of your business. 

For twelve years, Mr. Schoenfeld served as Executive Director of the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel (CA/T) Project Oversight Coordination Commission, managing communications among the Offices of the Attorney General, the State Auditor, and the Inspector General as mandated by the Legislature (Section 2B of Chapter 205 of the Acts of 1996). In that position he coordinated review and analysis of budgets and financial reports, and identified strategies for fiscal improvements during peak design and construction phases of the $14.7 billion CA/T Project, the largest construction project in U.S. history.

Mr. Schoenfeld has represented clients before the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Department of Capital Planning and Operations (MA), the MBTA, Mass Highway, Massport, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and  is the Vice Chair of the Government Affairs and Professional Practice Committee of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call him at 617 795-0133

Landlord /Tenant Law


Landlords and property managers have much to worry about when residential or commercial property is rented. Landlords need to protect their investment , making sure that tenants pay rent and do not diminish the value of their real estate. On the other hand, tenants need to protect their rights when leasing a home, business, apartment, or other property to ensure they are living in a habitable, safe, and adequately maintained space.

Landlord/tenant disputes may arise concerning the non-performance of monetary or non-monetary covenants by either the landlord or the tenant, evictions, forfeiture and recovery of security deposits, lease enforcement, and a variety of other issues. You  can prevent a residential or commercial lease dispute by paying careful attention to initial lease documents and by negotiating and drafting favorable lease agreements to in the event of  landlord/tenant disputes.

To learn more about your options to handle any landlord/tenant dispute please contact Richard Schoenfeld at 617 795-0133 

Land Use Planning


Land use planning is becoming a complex and multidisciplinary topic necessitating legal consel.  Whether the scope of your project is limited to permit, zoning or license applications - or you need continuing legal advice and contract services for every phase of your project, Schoenfeld Law has background in and practical understanding of this evolving industry and will assist you in realizing your project's full potential, while ensuring your interests are protected.

Contact Richard J. Schoenfeld at 617 795-0133 for dependable client service in Land Use Planning matters such as:

·  Real  Estate Development

·  Land Use and Zoning Applications

·  Monitoring performance

·  Environmental Law

·  Property disputes

·  Construction contracts

Wills and Trusts


For those seeking to instruct their family members about their financial and medical decisions, the most effective way to guarantee your intentions are understood and carried out upon incapacitation or death is through the drafting of a will, health care proxy, and power of attorney. Estate planning should be a comprehensive process that considers everything you own and everyone who is important to you. The pertinent documents include:

·  Wills

·  Revocable Trusts

·  Powers of Attorney

·  Health Care Proxies and Living Wills

·  Homestead Declaration Deeds with Life Estates

·  Pre-Nuptial Agreements

To set up an appointment  to discuss your estate planning, contact Richard J. Schoenfeld at