Richard brings over 25 years of experience to his practice of commercial real estate where he focuses on transactions, formation of corporate entities for ownership of real estate, and the representation of various lenders, real estate developers, landlords and tenants.  In addition to closing real estate purchases and construction transactions, Richard routinely negotiates leases, purchases and contracts. He also handles wills, estate planning, administration and probate.


Counsel for national bank in financing construction of various types of buildings including multi-family, mixed use and office.

Counsel for regional bank in financing construction and upfit of low income housing tax credit facilities.

Counsel for owners of shopping centers in connection with purchase, lease negotiation, and tenant defaults.

Counsel for multi-family and student housing projects in closing conduit, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loans.

Counsel for one of nation’s largest student housing providers in connection with acquisition, development and management.

“The key element in any business dealing is trust, it’s unfortunate but necessary to constantly ask, “can I trust this person?” With Richard Bolton, it is clearly answered every time in the affirmative. And it matters because Richard is on my side of the table in each deal, the one place where the “trust question” cannot be in doubt.”

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Education & Admissions

Wake Forest University School of Law – JD 1998

Wake Forest University – BA 1994
cum laude

North Carolina 1998
US District Courts for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts Courts of North Carolina
Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Affiliations

North Carolina Bar Association

NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Wake County Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law since 2019

Legal Elite 2022 Business North Carolina magazine in Real Estate Law

Super Lawyers 2022-24 Editions – Real Estate Law

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Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award Community and Leadership

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County – Outstanding Legal Services Volunteer