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Rick Melnick has developed a national practice emphasizing his talent for negotiation in such diverse areas as corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and complex real estate transactions. He represents public and private companies that purchase, sell, or finance business and real estate assets throughout the U.S. With an LL.M in tax, Rick structures his clients' transactions for the most effective business and tax solutions.


  • Real estate acquisitions and finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax law - domestic and international
  • Joint ventures
  • Mortgage finance



  • Negotiated and structured the assumption of debt in connection with $1 billion purchase of a retail shopping center.
  • Negotiated mortgage loans in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.
  • Structured numerous “like-kind” exchanges, and in one situation, obtained a private letter ruling permitting a deferred "like-kind exchange" transaction with a related party.
  • Structured numerous real estate joint ventures.
  • Structured real estate purchase and loan transactions in Maryland, Virginia and DC to reduce the impact of transfer, recordation and mortgage taxes.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2017-2018 and 2022
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, 2019 and 2022
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.


  • LL.M., Tax, New York University School of Law, 1977
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1976
  • B.A., Mathematics, magna cum laude, Tufts University, 1973
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland