Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
Richard Brent Somach, a Member with the firm and based in the Pennsylvania office, focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks.
In the banking area, Rich assists clients with their transactional, litigation, and operational needs and has extensive experience handling collections, foreclosures, and complex commercial workouts.
Rich has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, residential subdivisions, and shopping center development.
As a licensed title insurance agent, Rich manages the title insurance and settlement company, ABE Settlement Services, to creatively serve client needs. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS®.
Rich serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He moderated “Sheriff’s Sales in Pennsylvania” and authored “Sheriff’s Sales and Real Estate Tax Sales” for A Day on Real Estate, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Previously, he has presented two lectures on mortgage foreclosures at the annual Real Estate Institute Program, “Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure” and “Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure.”
Active in many community organizations, Rich was a past president of the Salisbury Township School Board. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Lehigh County Bar Association, where he served as President in 1992.
Rich collects antique automobiles and represents several valuable collections, as well as many local automobile and motorcycle dealerships.