Richard Ortoli


o. (212) 829-8935

f. (212) 826-9307

Richard Ortoli is the co-founder of Ortoli Rosenstadt LLP and the head of the firm’s real estate and international practices.

Richard represents small to medium-size privately held companies and high-net-worth individuals, both U.S. and foreign, in the U.S. and abroad.

With thirty-six years of law practice and extensive international business experience as an investor and principal, Richard applies real world knowledge to solving legal issues and allows him to bring a unique perspective for identifying, analyzing and resolving issues arising in cross-border transactions for foreign and U.S. clients.

His areas of specialization are:

  • International and domestic real estate law.
  • International and domestic mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law.
  • International and domestic trademark, licensing, distribution and franchising.
  • International tax.
  • International trusts and estates.

The core of his practice, across a broad range of industrial sectors, consists of assisting European (in particular French, British and Italian), South American (in particular Brazilian and Argentinian) and other international private companies in their U.S. investments and cross-border transactions and litigation.

He also serves as outside U.S. general counsel to a variety of foreign clients, providing day-to-day legal and business counsel in matters of all kinds.

The son of a French diplomat and an Anglo South American mother, he was born in Sydney, Australia.  He has lived in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, France, the United States, England, Spain, South Africa and Brazil.

He is very active in the French community in the United States.

He is an elected local representative (conseiller consulaire) of the French community in the tri-state area.

He is a member (conseiller) of the 90-member Assemblée des français de l’étranger (the Assembly of the overseas French), elected to represent the French in the United States.

For over 4 years he has been the chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York French American Charter School, a bi-lingual (French/English) charter school in Harlem.

For over 10 years he was the President and board member of the 70-member Committee of French Associations of New York.

For over 15 years he was the President of the Corsican Association in the United States.

Military Service:

  • Ecole des Officiers de Réserve de l’Armée de l’Air, Evreux, France, 1972
  • Lieutenant, French Air Force, 1971–1973


  • Knight, Ordre National du Mérite, France


  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Norwegian


  • Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Franchising
  • Hospitality
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Tax
  • Real Estate


  • Fashion and Branding
  • Hospitality
  • Private Individuals
  • Real Estate


Seville University, Seville, Spain – 1969

University of Leeds, England – B.A., 1971, with honors

Cornell University Law School – J.D., 1980


California, 1980

New York, 1982