Richard B. Golden

Richard B. Golden

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Goshen, NY

Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP
 | 40 Matthews Street, Suite 209, Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: 845-294-4080
Fax: 845-294-7673
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • State, Local & Municipal (40%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (40%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

RICHARD B. GOLDEN is an experienced A.V. rated federal and state trial attorney, concentrating his practice in the areas of municipal law, commercial law, public and private bidding and construction law, land use development, zoning, Constitutional law, and general federal and state litigation, including appeals. He is listed in 2012 New York Super Lawyers - Upstate.

Mr. Golden has been practicing law since 1981.

As the former County Attorney for Orange County (1994-2001), Mr. Golden was responsibile for a wide array of municipal, civil rights, construction and procurement law, transactional matters, and employment issues (including arbitrations, and labor negotiations with the County's three collective bargaining units covering over 2,600 employees).  In addition to his prior private practice experience in a federal and multi-state litigation firm, he was also the former in-house Corporate & Litigation Counsel for a large general construction firm.  He has particular experience in public bidding laws and Project Labor Agreements, and he drafted one of the broadest New York State laws on public/private partnership of wastewater facilities. Mr. Golden has represented numerous governments and governmental agencies, including Dutchess County, Rockland County, Orange County, Jefferson County, City of Peekskill, Town of New Windsor, Town of Carmel, and Orange County Industrial Development Agency.

Presently, Mr. Golden is (1) Town Attorney for the Town of Goshen, (2) Attorney for the Village of Woodbury, (3) Planning Board Attorney for the Village of Tuxedo Park, (4) Planning Board Attorney for the Village of Woodbury, (5) Special Counsel to Village of Monroe, (6) Planning Board Attorney for the Village of New Paltz, (7) Zoning Board of Appeals Attorney for the Village of New Paltz, (8) Special Labor Counsel to Village of Walden, (9) Special Counsel to City of Newburgh (10) Speical Counsel to Orange County Partnership, and (11) Special Counsel to Sullivan County Partnership.  He is a member of the Orange County Board of Ethics, and is the Town Justice for the Town of Hamptonburgh.  

Mr. Golden’s practice also includes being the attorney for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County (since 2002), and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County (since 2005). He has also provided advice to Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Sullivan County, Putnam County, Otsego County, and Columbia-Greene Counties. 

Mr. Golden has lectured to various groups (including the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York State County Atorneys' Asscoiation, and Orange County Municipal Planning Federation) on numerous legal topics, including municipal law, civil rights litigation, and construction law.  In addition, Mr. Golden co-authored an article published in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, entitled: Section 1983 Qualified Immunity Defense:  Hope's Legacy, Neither Clear Nor Established.

About Richard Golden

Admitted: 1981, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Golden was a member of the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee (Second Department, Orange County), the Grievance Committee of the 9th Judicial District, and the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board.  He is past-President of the Orange County Bar Association, and past-President of the New York State County Attorneys' Association.  He was also Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Numerous Presentations to Orange County Planning Federation (Planning Board and Zoning Boards of Appeals Issues. Comprehensive Plans, Constitional Issues, including RLUIPA nd First Amendment) 2004 - 2017 Section 1983 Municipal and Individual Liability for Police Activity, New York State Bar Association, 2003 Land Use Decision, Public Participation and Due Process, Orange County Planning Federation, 2003 County Attorney's and Section 1983 Litigation, N.Y.S. County Attorneys Association, 2003 Zoning Board of Appeals and Civil Rights Issues, Orange County Planning Federation, 2002 Section 1983 Litigation: A Primer for Municipal Attorneys, Orange County Bar Association, 2002 Practical Skills: Understanding Employment Law, FLG&P CLE, 2001 The Warner Decision and Court Ordered Trearment, American Bar Association, 2000 Municipal Construction Projects: Project Labor Agreements, Westchester County Bar Association, 1999 Privatization of Wastewater Facilities, New York Water Environment Association, 1998 Municipal Tort Litigation/ Risk Management, New York State Bar Association, 1997 New York's Freedom of Information Law, N.Y.S. County Attorneys Association, 1996 Appellate Practice and Argument, Women's Bar Association of Sullivan Counties, 1996 Introduction to Law, Marist College, Adjunct Instructor, 1998 - 2007

Industry Groups

  • Construction
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Office Location for Richard B. Golden

40 Matthews Street, Suite 209
Goshen, NY 10924

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Last Updated: 9/10/2019

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