Areas of Practice
Firm Management Positions
Affordable Housing, Chair
Government Involvement Committee, Member
Honors and Awards
- Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Real Estate Law and Real Estate Litigation, 2013 to present
- Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Land Use and Zoning Law and Land Use and Zoning Litigation, 2007 to present
- Named the “2012 Wilmington-DE Litigation-Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year,” The Best Lawyers in America
- Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Real Estate Zoning/Land" by Chambers USA, 2003 to present
- Named Wilmington, DE Best Lawyers Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year, 2011
- Selected for inclusion in Delaware Super Lawyers, 2009 to Present
Memberships and Affiliations
Member, Appoquinimink School District School Board
Board of Directors, Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County
Member, Permanent Advisory Committee on Supreme Court Rules, Delaware Supreme Court, 2009 to present
Executive Committee, Delaware State Bar Association
Board of Directors, Home Builders Association of Delaware
American Bar Association
Counsel, Delaware Republican Party
Chairman, Everett Theatre Board of Directors
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1988
B.S., University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce, 1985, with distinction
Richard A. Forsten
Richard A. Forsten has more than 20 years of experience in land use and land use litigation, commercial and real estate transactions, financings, construction and mechanics' lien law, environmental law and permitting.
The primary focus of Richard's practice is land use and commercial real estate, including transactional work and litigation. He has represented a variety of owners and developers in complex and challenging land use matters throughout the state of Delaware on residential, commercial, office and industrial projects. These projects have included the successful rezoning and redevelopment of the Brandywine Town Center, a former harness race track in northern New Castle County, and one of the most controversial land use matters in Delaware history. More recently, he represented the developers of "Westown," a 2000-acre master planned project in Middletown, DE that includes residential, commercial, office and industrial park components.
Richard has handled numerous other rezonings, subdivision approvals, variances and other Board of Adjustment proceedings throughout Delaware. He has experience in vested rights and federal civil rights claims, and was co-counsel with fellow Partner William E. Manning in representing the developer in the first Delaware case where attorneys' fees were awarded under 42 U.S.C. §1988 to a developer. He also represents clients in eminent domain and takings cases.
Richard is active in commercial and office leasing, commercial and construction financing, and environmental matters. He has represented purchasers and sellers of commercial projects, commercial and office tenants, banks and construction companies. He has represented property owners in some of the largest property tax assessment appeals in Delaware, receiving some of the largest reductions in Delaware history, and has drafted, prepared and negotiated construction contracts, as well as mechanics' liens and other construction claims and litigation.
Finally, Richard has experience in the legislative and political process. He was one of the principal draftsmen of Delaware's Video Lottery Act and the Voluntary School Assessment Act, and has drafted pieces of legislation at the state, county and municipal levels.
Active in his community and a believer in public service, Richard serves on the Appoquinimink School District School Board and the Board of Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. He is a past board member of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Richard also serves on the Board of Directors for the Homebuilders Association of Delaware and the Executive Committee of the Delaware State Bar Association. He was appointed receiver for a disbarred lawyer's legal practice by the Delaware Court of Chancery and was recognized for exemplary pro bono public service by the Delaware Supreme Court for his work on the matter. He has served as general counsel to the Delaware Republican Party for many years. He was one of the principal authors of the "Delaware Plan," a plan for revising the presidential primary system and endorsed by the Brock Commission and the Rules Committee of the National Republican Party.
Richard is frequently tapped to write and speak on land use and other topics and reviews books every month for In Re:, the Delaware State Bar Association monthly magazine.
News & Press Releases
- July 30, 2013
- July 1, 2013
- June 11, 2013
- December 3, 2012
- June 20, 2012
- Saul Ewing’s Delaware Real Estate and Zoning/Land Use Practices Recognized for Excellence by Chambers USAJuly 7, 2011
- March 16, 2011
- November 9, 2010