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Richard Agins

Attorney at Law

A dynamic lawyer and CPA with an MBA, providing legal, financial and business counsel, Richard Agins has helped dozens of businesses and hundreds of individuals solve their business, corporate, real estate and immigration problems, successfully attaining their goals and countless families and individuals plan and secure their estates for themselves and their heirs.  His knowledge and ability have gained the respect of clients, colleagues and constituents who appreciate his candid, trustworthy nature and get-it-done approach.

Richard began his financial career in 1970 and earned his Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting and finance in 1976, and his license as a Certified Public Accountant. After leaving the practice of public accounting, Richard worked as Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President for a major New York City construction contractor, where he oversaw cost– and financial accounting, negotiated major material purchase contracts and prime contract change orders, and managed the company’s quarterly and annual reporting for inclusion in the Forms 10-Q and 10-K filings of its parent company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 1984 Richard founded and established a management consulting firm serving clients in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale distribution and food production industries, in which he implemented efficiency and cost-saving measures to substantially increase his clients’ productivity and profitability.

Richard graduated from Pace University School of Law in 2003 with his Juris Doctor, cum laude where he served as Managing Editor of the Pace Law Review. Upon passing the New York and Connecticut bar exams in 2003 and through mid-2009, Richard was an attorney with Bingham McCutchen, LLP, where he worked on major corporate restructurings, M&A transactions and corporate finance engagements for major insurance companies and distressed investor/hedge fund clients. His English/Spanish bilingualism enabled him to identify the fine points of cross-border engagements in Spain and Latin America thereby assisting his clients to more fully understand and deal with the business ramifications of their transactions.

In mid-2009, Richard was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar and became a partner in a start-up law firm with offices in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, where he handled corporate and limited liability company formation, bankruptcy, employment law, commercial real estate transactions, construction-related litigation, estate planning (Wills and Trusts), and immigration law.

In 2013 Richard was admitted to the Arizona bar and moved to the Phoenix area.  He first joined a small firm handling all of its bankruptcy, personal injury and corporate work and in 2014, Richard launched Agins Law Firm, PLC, which focuses its practice on estate planning, business transactional matters (i.e., entity formation, buy/sell agreements, contract drafting and review). The firm also provides bankruptcy and elder law services.  Richard also served as in-house counsel for a CPA firm for two years during which time he handled all of its legal transactional and litigation matters.

Education: Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York – Juris Doctor, cum laude
Managing Editor, Pace Law Review
Recipient Adolph Homberger Humanitarian Award
Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York – Master of Business Administration, Accounting & Finance
Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania – Bachelor of Arts, Romance Languages; McKelvy Scholars Program
Recipient: Frank Kline Baker Prize for Excellence in Spanish

Admissions and Certifications:
ArizonaSupreme Court; District Court of ArizonaDistrict of Arizona Bankruptcy Court
New York: Appellate Division, Third Department; Southern and Eastern District Courts; Southern and Eastern District Bankruptcy Courts
Connecticut: Superior Court; District of Connecticut; District of Connecticut Bankruptcy Court
Pennsylvania: Supreme Court; Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Eastern District Bankruptcy Court
Certified Public Accountant, New York State
Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Council
Member of Wealth Counsel
Member of Chandler Chamber of Commerce

Publications:
  • An Argument for Expanding the Application of Rule 53(b) to Facilitate Reference of the Special Master in Electronic Data Discovery, 23 Pace L. Rev. 689 (2003)
    Available at: https://digitalcommons.pace.edu/plr/vol23/iss2/12
  • Are Right to die Laws Wrong for the U.S.? Orlando Sentinel, Front Burner, November 14, 2014
  • Protect Your Castle: Estate Planning for the New Normal, ISBN-13: 979-8669468521, Available at Amazon.com

Protect Your Castle

ESTATE PLANNING FOR THE NEW NORMAL

The tax law, which directly impacts the realm of estate planning, is constantly changing and is often shaped by partisan considerations. In the past several years we have seen one of the greatest periods of social fracturing and polarization in memory.

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