Richard S. Fries - Sidley Austin LLP
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Richard S. Fries

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 212-839-5640

Client Comments

"Richard Fries is the best lawyer I have ever dealt with."

-Brad Lebovitz
Managing Director
Silverpeak Real Estate Partners

"I couldn't speak more highly of Richard Fries. He and his group in the Real Estate Department are among the top in their field. I recommend him highly."

-Jonathan Tolpin
Administrative Vice President
M&T Bank Corporation

"Richard Fries is the rare outside lawyer who "gets" it. We at JPMC value and trust his judgment to the highest degree. He often has direct experience with exactly the situation we face, or, even more importantly, tels you he needs to find the answer -- and then does. He doesn't waste my time or the company's money on questionable "research" - he just finds the answer or, when necessary, gives the hard advice that what we want to do is not advisable. He is the total package that is exceedingly rare to find when hiring outside counsel -- and I've been hiring them for over 15 years after working in a large corporate firm myself. I have proposed doing a joint ABA presentation with Richard trying to give lawyers at other firms some tips on how to correctly service clients. "

-Laurie Breitenstein
J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.

"Richard Fries is the best real estate lawyer we deal with. He is honest, smart and responsive. He knows everone and is respected as an expert with distressed assets. He is an excellent negotiator and does not put up road blocks unless he has too."

-Peter D'Arcy
NYC Manager-CRE
M&T Bank Corporation

"We view Richard Fries as a best in class counsel. He is rightfully renowned for his work-out aptitude, but equally terrific closing new business. He is highly sophisticated and intelligent, and he always keeps focused on the goal in question. We appreciate his integrity and well-thought out, informed positions. He is a very effective negotiator with a collaborative and straightforward style."

-Peter D'Arcy
NYC Manager-CRE
M&T Bank Corporation

"Richard Fries and his team at Bingham McCutchen provide our company with the highest standard of legal representation, professionalism, business support, and guidance. He has represented the company for 20-plus years and is an integral part of the team. Richard understands not only the substantive legal matters he handles, but also the culture of the company and therefore his guidance and advice, both business and legal, are invaluable. Richard is always accessible, is a natural teacher, and is a true pleasure to work with."

"Richard Fries and his team have represented our unit for 10+ years and I find him to be professional and competent, always acting with the highest degree of integrity. The quality of his work product is exceptional, his negotiation skills are superior and his thoughtfulness in approaching difficult situations and problem solving is the best in the industry. His timeliness in responding to our requests is excellent. I would recommend Richard and his firm without hesitation. "

Office Location

787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the New York City Metro Area
Richard S. Fries has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Real Estate
Real Estate Law (Commercial, Construction, Finance, Foreclosures, Litigation, Real Property Law, Tax Certiorari, Transactions, Troubled Projects, Workouts and Restructurings)