Richard A. Toelke represents developers, institutional property owners, pension fund advisers, REITs, lenders, and other owners and operators of real estate in all aspects of transactional real estate practice. He works on a wide variety of transactions both regionally and nationally, including acquisitions and dispositions of office, industrial, R&D, and multifamily properties; leasing transactions; financing arrangements; joint ventures; and development projects.
Rich is the co-leader of the firm's real estate practice has been identified as one of Boston’s best real estate lawyers in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers. Before joining Morgan Lewis, Rich was a partner in the corporate practice at another international law firm, where he was deputy co-chair of their real estate practice group.
Represents the Berkshire Group and CBRE Global Investors as lead real estate counsel on their acquisitions and financing of multifamily apartment complexes throughout the United States.
Represented Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in the negotiation of a build-to-suit headquarters campus lease comprised of three buildings of Class A office, research and development, and laboratory space totaling over 600,000 square-feet in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Represented Berkeley Investments and a group of investors in the acquisition, financing, and redevelopment of the Waltham Watch Factory, a historic mill complex on the Charles River in Waltham, Massachusetts into a three-phase mixed use project consisting of Class A office, multifamily housing, and retail uses.
Represented DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in a joint venture with a development partner in the development of Starboard Place, a 54-unit residential condominium building in the Charlestown Navy Yard, developed on a long-term ground leasehold parcel owned by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Represent Berkeley Investments in the acquisition, leasing, debt and equity financing, and continued redevelopment of a portfolio of historic brick and beam warehouse buildings in the Fort Point Channel District neighborhood of the Seaport section of Boston, Massachusetts, into a mixed-use portfolio, consisting of office buildings, a residential condominium project, a multifamily rental project, and featuring several high-end restaurants.
Villanova University School of Law, 1989, Juris Doctor
Boston College, 1986, Bachelor of Arts
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Real Estate Law, Boston, The Best Lawyers in America (2008–2020, 2022, 2023)
Recommended, Real estate, The Legal 500 US (2016, 2018–2021)
Top Lawyer, Boston Magazine (2021)
Ranked, Real Estate, Chambers USA (2005, 2007, 2011–2017)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Tax, Law360 (2017)
Recognized, Who’s Who Legal (2016)
Recognized, Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2005, 2011–2013)
Member, Boston Bar Association
Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, National Association of Office and Industrial Properties