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Richard B. Golden


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Helping clients for more than 30 years in the areas of municipal law and land use, construction law, commercial law, and civil litigation

Richard B. Golden has more than three decades of experience as a federal and state trial attorney, concentrating his practice in the areas of municipal law, employment law, civil rights, commercial law, public and private bidding and construction law, land use development, zoning, and general federal and state litigation, including appeals. You can email him directly at [email protected]

Broad background, including serving as County Attorney

As the former County Attorney for Orange County from 1994 to 2001, Mr. Golden was responsible for a wide array of municipal, civil rights, construction and procurement, transactional and employment issues. Among the employment matters he handled were arbitrations and, together with the County’s labor team, labor negotiations with the County’s three collective bargaining units covering more than 2,600 employees.

In addition to his prior private practice experience in a federal and multistate litigation firm, Mr. Golden was also the former in-house corporate and litigation counsel for a large general construction firm. He has extensive experience in various aspects of construction law, including project labor agreements, and he drafted one of the broadest New York state laws on privatization of wastewater facilities.

Represents governments and municipal boards, as well as appearing before other governmental agencies and boards on behalf of private clients

Mr. Golden currently serves as  (1) Village Attorney for the Village of Maybrook, (2) Planning Board Attorney for the Village of Woodbury, (3) Planning Board Attorney for the Town of Goshen, (4) Special Counsel to the Town of Goshen for police affairs, including disciplines, arbitrations, grievances, contract negotiations, and related litigation, (5) Attorney for two quasi-government Cornell Cooperative Extension organizations (Orange County and Dutchess County), (6) Special litigation counsel to the Orange County Partnership, (7) Special Counsel to Village of Walden Ethics Board, and (8) Special Counsel to City of Newburgh on both litigation and non-litigation matters, (9) Attorney for Village of Monroe Zoning Board of Appeals, (10) Special Counsel to the Village of Monroe Board of Trustees, (11) The Village of New Paltz Planning Board.

Mr. Golden has represented numerous municipalities as special litigation counsel, including Dutchess County, Rockland County, Orange County, Jefferson County, City of Peekskill, Town of New Windsor, Town of Carmel, Town of Goshen, and the Orange County Industrial Development Agency.  These litigation matters involved varied municipal issues, including federal Section 1983 matters (including First Amendment, Due Process, Equal Protection, excessive force, and other Constitutional claims), negligence defense, employment, land use, environmental issues, public construction, general governance, and transactional matters.

Mr. Golden is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and all federal and state trial and appellate courts in New York.

Arrange your free consultation today with an accomplished trial lawyer

Call Burke, Miele, Golden & Naughton, LLP at 845-294-4080 or contact us online today to arrange a free initial consultation with accomplished litigator Richard B. Golden. Our office, which is located in Goshen near the county courthouse and government center, are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We serve clients throughout the Hudson Valley area.

Published works

  • “Section 1983 Qualified Immunity Defense: Hope’s Legacy, Neither Clear Nor Established,” American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Vol. 29:3, 2006
  • “Limiting Campaign Contributions to County Offices: The Limitations of Power,” New York State County Attorney Association Footnotes, 1997

Lectures and Other Presentations

  • “Roles and Responsibilities of Zoning Boards of Appeals,” Orange County Municipal Planning Federation, 2013
  • “Zoning Boards of Appeals and Area Variances – The Difficult Applications,” Orange County Municipal Planning Federation, 2013
  • “Planning Board and ZBA Interactions, Including Variances, Interpretations, and Waivers,” Orange County Municipal Planning Federation, 2011
  • “The Proper Role of Economic Impacts in SEQRA,” Orange County Municipal Planning Federation, 2010
  • “Variances and Waivers – When and Why to Yield to an Applicant’s Request,” Orange County Municipal Planning Federation, 2009
  • “RLUIPA – Practical Impacts on Municipal Board Decision-Making,” Orange County Municipal Planning Federation, 2008
  • “Constitutional Limitations on Zoning Actions,” National Business Institute, 2008
  • “Municipal Zoning and Comprehensive Plans,” Orange County Municipal Planning Federation, 2006
  • “Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation,” National Business Institute, 2006
  • “Unwritten Title Transfers: Adverse Possession, Boundary Lines (Acquiescence and Parol Agreements), and Estoppel,” National Business Institute, 2005
  • “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 Attorneys and Section 1983 Litigation,” New York State 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 Treatment,” 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,” New York State County Attorneys Association, 1996
  • “Appellate Practice and Argument,” Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 1996
  • “Introduction to Law,” Marist College, adjunct instructor, 1998-2008

Professional associations & memberships

  • Member, Orange County Ethics Board (2008 – present)
  • Member, New York City Bar Association (1983 – present)
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (1980 – present)
  • Past Member, New York State Continuing Legal Education Board (2004-2008)
  • Past President, Orange County Bar Association (2004-2005)
  • Past Member, Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee
    • Second Department, Orange County,(2000-2004)
  • Past Member, Attorney Grievance Committee, 9th Judicial District (2000-2004)
  • Past President, New York State County Attorneys’ Association (1998-1999)
  • American Journal of Trial Advocacy
    • Former Editor-in-Chief


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