About Richard

Richard is a licensed Attorney in the State of New York and the District of Columbia. He is an experienced litigator and has represented clients in federal, state and local courts. Richard practices in the areas of Civil Rights, Employment law, Governmental Relations, Real Estate, Wills, and other General Litigation matters. He is a certified small claims arbitrator in the City of New York as well as a member of the New York State Procurement Council. In addition, Richard is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New Rochelle Bar Association the National Police Accountability Project and serves as a Board Member and Vice-Chair of the Program Committee for the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board.

Past Experience

Richard has served as Counsel to the New Rochelle Voters Rights Defense Fund in New Rochelle Voters Rights Defense Fund v. City of New Rochelle (2003) and as Counsel to Cesar Ruiz in the landmark case of United States and Cesar Ruiz v. Village of Portchester(2006). Richard was elected to the New Rochelle City Council in November of 2007. He served as Councilman until Jan. 1, 2012. From 2009-2010 Councilman St. Paul was appointed by his Council colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor of the City of New Rochelle. Richard has worked in the White House under the Clinton Administration, on Capitol Hill in the Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah and in the Office of Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge.

He has served as Senior Counsel and Governmental Affairs Director to the New York State Senate Majority Leader (2009-2010). In addition, Richard has served his country for eight years as part of the United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General (JAG) Legal Service Organization and the Army Corp of Engineers. (2000-2008). In 2014 Richard was named as one of Westchester’s County Top 40 under 40 Rising Stars. Also in 2011, Richard was named as one of New York’s State and City’s Rising Star by New York Capitol News. In 2011 Richard was invited to the White House along with a group of young political leaders to discuss multiple issues including the economy with President Obama and his Senior Staff.

Current Work

Richard currently serves as a member of the Nation Council for The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Richard also serves as an executive board member and the Legal Redress for the New Rochelle Chapter of the NAACP.

Richard is also an Advisor to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) NAACP branch. As a voting rights attorney, Richard has successfully litigated to protect and enhance the voting rights of African-Americans and Latinos in Westchester, NY. In addition, Richard is Counsel to the New York City Small Homeowners Association and Advisor to the Westchester County Office of Minority Women and Business Enterprise (MWBE). In that capacity, Richard leads the outreach effort on behalf of the County of Westchester to MWBEs. Richard is a native of the Bronx, NY and currently lives in New Rochelle, NY. Richard has been called on multiple times for his political and legal expertise and has made multiple appearances on Fox News Channel, RNN’s and Fios’s The Richard French Live show, New York 1’s Inside City Hall and ABC’s Here & Now.

Terry Hinds, Of Counsel- Landlord Tenant, Immigration, Unemployment, Family

Mr. Hinds also serves as an attorney for The Hinds Firm LLC. Mr. Hinds has  served as the President of Erasmus Neighborhood Federation, a not-for-profit organization based in East Flatbush. This organization helps the elderly to apply for senior citizen rent exemptions, provides free immigration assistance to residents, offers home improvement grants and educates homeowners and potential home buyers on the dangers of foreclosure .Mr. Hinds holds free seminars in the community on the purchase, protection and investment of real estate. Terry Hinds has also been appointed to serve as a member on Community Board 17. As Chairperson of the Transportation Committee, Mr. Hinds worked to bring attention to the illegal truck traffic problem affecting on our local streets and worked tirelessly with members of the community to draw attention to the horrible road conditions along Church Avenue. As a result of these efforts the Department of Transportation has made a commitment to the community to perform a total reconstruction of Church Avenue.

Christopher M. Pisacane,Of Counsel- Business Law, Estate Planning, Municipal Law

Christopher is an experienced attorney who is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. Christopher worked at several New York City law firms where he successfully represented clients in a wide array of matters. His experience as law clerk to the Hon. Shirley Werner Kornreich in the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court gives him an edge over many other attorneys as it renders him an expert in dealing with the legal process at all levels. Christopher’s prior career in the financial services industry further enhances his ability to serve his clients as it enables him to analyze both the legal and financial ramifications of representation and provide them with the most efficient and cost effective service as possible. 

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