Richard R. Goldberg, senior counsel in Ballard Spahr’s real estate practice, will retire at the end of the year after 47 years in practice and 18 years at the firm. Mr. Goldberg decided to retire more than two years ago and has spent the time since to transition clients to other Ballard attorneys.

“Relationships are what this business is built on. You can’t just hand a client over to someone new and hope for the best,” Mr. Goldberg said.

During his long career, he worked on such notable cases as the Cherry Hill Mall development in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston. He also represented Loews Corp. in converting Philadelphia’s historic PSFS office building into a hotel.

He is a past president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, past chair of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and a member of the American Law Institute.

“Dick will be remembered not only for the many landmark properties he helped develop and finance, but also for the many lawyers he has mentored and hundreds of others he has taught in a distinguished career in national continuing legal education,” said Michael Sklaroff, Chair of Ballard Spahr’s Real Estate Department.