Richard was a founding shareholder of the Scolaro, Shulman, Cohen, Fetter & Burstein Law Firm. He was a fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel. He taught at Syracuse University College of Law, and served as counsel to a number of government entities. He served many charities throughout his life including the NYS Bar Association, the Red Cross, the Culinary Institute of America and Cayuga Community College.