Richard M. Coen

Partner

Providence, RI
D: 401.831.3010

"My passion in practicing law is understanding my clients' business goals and helping them navigate the legal landscape to reach them."

Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Education

J.D., cum laude, California Western School of Law, 1995

B.S., Providence College, 1992

A business-first lawyer with a finance background, Richard Coen has spent his 20+ years in the legal profession helping decision makers maximize profit and minimize risk. Often, business and legal considerations converge; Richard gets to know a client's business and overall industry so that his legal advice is tailored to his client's situation.

Richard's practice focuses on commercial real estate law, finance and public-private partnerships (“P3”).  His clients include real estate owners, lenders and developers in the acquisition, sale and leasing of all types of commercial properties.  He regularly advises lenders in secured and unsecured lending transactions.  Drawing on more than 20 years of experience and contacts in all aspects of real estate, Richard thrives in addressing complex legal and business issues and finding ways to help his clients set and reach their goals.

Richard also counsels clients in a wide variety of construction projects. A sampling of such projects includes: power projects – including gas-fired, wind energy, hydro-electric and heat co-generation plants; transportation – including inter-modal facilities and bicycle path projects; hazardous waste reclamation projects and telecommunications projects.

Richard has helped many public entities engaged in P3 projects in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure, including water and wastewater treatment plants and other utilities. In these matters, Richard has addressed finance, labor, and municipal procurement legal issues. He has advised clients on risk allocation and contractual provisions bearing on liability. In these and related projects, Richard has helped clients manage risk through surety bonds, insurance and other forms of security.

He has represented buyers and sellers of environmentally-contaminated properties, helping parties work with regulatory agencies to maximize value and limit exposure to environmental liability.  Richard has assisted businesses in resolving complex zoning and title issues, and has advised borrowers in obtaining all types of financing, including syndicated, interstate, secured and unsecured financing.

Experience

Experience

  • Represented lenders in first offshore wind farm in the U.S.
  • Guided municipality in $100 million drinking water treatment plant design, construction and operation procurement.
  • Worked with client in acquisition, re-purposing and permitting of 350,000 square foot manufacturing facility.
  • Represented owner of luxury residential real estate tower in zoning and finance analysis.
  • Advised client in acquisition and master lease of multi-parcel complex in urban area.
  • Guided purchaser in acquisition of $500 million gas-fired electricity generating plant.
  • Advised hotel owner in multi-state syndicated financing.
  • Helped school district meet challenging timetable in assembling multi-parcel site for new middle school campus.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©- Municipal Law (2018)

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Boys and Girls Club

  • Coach

Cumberland Youth Lacrosse Association

  • Coach

Mercymount Country Day School

  • Coach

St. Mary Sacred Heart School

  • Coach

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Woonsocket

  • High School GED Program Instructor

St. John Vianney Church

  • Religious Education Instruction

Memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association

Rhode Island Bar Association

The Providence Foundation

Providence College Alumni Association

Rhode Island Building Owners and Managers Association

Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

articles

"It Takes a Team: The Professionals You May Need When Purchasing Commercial Real Estate," New England Real Estate Journal, June 2011

"Alternative Procurement Approaches for Building Tomorrow's Treatment Plants," Water World, September 2010

quotes

"Paskalis and Steingold of MG Commercial Broker $10.7 Million Sale; Okonite Company is Buyer," New England Real Estate Journal, July 2014

"Teeing Off for the Chamber," Newport Patch, September 2010

"Water War Ends," Pawtucket Times, February 2007

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Richard M. Coen
Practices
  • Projects & Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships
  • Finance
  • Design & Construction
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
Education

J.D., cum laude, California Western School of Law, 1995

B.S., Providence College, 1992

Admissions

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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