Ballard Spahr attorney Richard R. Goldberg, a notable member of the national real estate bar who worked on landmark property deals in Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and beyond, will retire on December 30, 2011, after 47 years in practice and 18 years at the firm.

Among the highlights of Mr. Goldberg’s career was his representation of Loews Corp. in converting the historic PSFS office building in Philadelphia into a state-of-the-art hotel. In a pro bono case, Mr. Goldberg helped mural artist Isaiah Zagar and his supporters save Philadelphia’s “Magic Gardens” installation from destruction. In another pro bono case, he spearheaded the effort to secure funding for a permanent home for The Center for Art in Wood.

Now 70, Mr. Goldberg said he made the decision to retire more than two years ago, and that he has worked since then to ensure that longstanding clients will continue to be happy with the Ballard Spahr attorneys who succeed him in their matters.

“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.

Mr. Goldberg began his career as an assistant city solicitor in Baltimore, where one of his first projects was overseeing the financing for the renovation of the Inner Harbor. Later, as Vice President and Associate General Counsel of The Rouse Company, Mr. Goldberg worked on the development of some of the nation’s most successful shopping centers and malls, including Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Exton Square in Exton, Pa.

Mr. Goldberg 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.

Michael Sklaroff, Chair of Ballard Spahr’s Real Estate Department, said: “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.”

Despite retiring from the day-to-day practice of law, Mr. Goldberg will remain busy teaching a class in drafting real estate documents at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, as well as CLE classes in Ballard Spahr’s CLE for Free program. Mr. Goldberg also serves as President of the Board of Directors for The Center for Art in Wood, and as president of the condominium association in the Old City section of Philadelphia where he lives.

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