Richard Wolff

Richard E. Wolff

About Richard

Since 1980, Dick’s practice has focused on business organization and counseling; loan documentation and secured transactions; mergers, acquisitions and sales; real estate and commercial transactions; commercial leases; and employment contracts. Dick represents individuals, corporations, banks, limited liability companies, partnerships, and health care providers. He has served as the firm’s Managing Partner and Chair of the firm’s Business, Real Estate & Tax Service Group. Dick is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Toledo and currently serves as a Trustee of the Rotary Club of Toledo Foundation. He has served as an executive officer of the Board of Trustees of the Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center and is a volunteer for Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He is currently a member of the Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition.

Representative Matters

  • Has successfully represented a national automotive service center franchisor in the acquisition of over 250 stores across the Midwest.

  • Has successfully represented numerous entities and individuals in business acquisitions and sales.

  • Has drafted and negotiated commercial contracts and leases for ventures in the United States, Canada and Europe.

  • Has represented physician groups, engineers and other professionals in acquisition, employment, organizational and contract matters.

  • Has represented numerous private and public entities in real property acquisitions, sales and zoning matters.


  • Ohio State Bar Association

  • Toledo Bar Association

  • Rotary Club of Toledo (Past President; President, 2018-2019)

  • Rotary Club International (Paul Harris Fellow)

  • Hospice of Northwest Ohio

  • United Way


  • Miami University (B.A. 1977, magna cum laude)

  • College of William and Mary (J.D. 1980)

Bar Admissions

  • All Ohio Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Practice Areas

Banking and Financial Institutions

The attorneys at Spengler Nathanson have over sixty years of experience representing banks and other financial institutions in connection with all phases of banking law and operations, including loan document creation, collections, repossessions and foreclosures.

Business and Corporate Law

Our attorneys assist clients with entity formation and the drafting of organizational documents for such businesses as limited liability companies, for-profit corporations, and non-profit entities. We also counsel new and established businesses and corporations regarding mergers, acquisitions, compliance, taxation issues, corporate governance, and a variety of other areas.

Commercial and Residential Leasing

Our attorneys are adept at both the commercial and residential aspects of real estate leasing law. We will prepare or review your lease, carefully explain the contents, and assist in the negotiations of its terms. We have handled numerous commercial and residential leasing transactions for landlords, developers, and tenants.

Commercial Law

Commercial law is a body of law that regulates the conduct of persons, merchants, and businesses who are engaged in trade, sales, and commerce. Also known as business law, our commercial law attorneys are experienced in a subject that interacts with many other areas of law .

Competitive Bidding

With our extensive background in public law, our attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable about Ohio’s competitive bid laws. We often advise school districts and other public clients regarding the situations in which bidding is required, the selection of qualifying bids, and the strengths or weaknesses of challenges to the bid process, and further have successfully defended against such challenges in court.

Compliance & Governance

Compliance is an important part of any governance framework. It sets and maintains a culture that steers the actions, operations, and outcomes of companies, medical practices, and entire health systems. Whether you are building a compliance program from the ground up or making adjustments as part of a regular assessment, our attorneys can be your skilled resource.

Construction and Lien Law

Our attorneys have broad experience in construction and lien law, from the planning stage through completion and, when needed, dispute resolution. We have represented homebuilders, developers, homeowners, condominium developers, general contractors, architects, engineers, surveyors, construction managers, financial institutions, investors, landlords and tenants, municipalities, and title, bond and liability insurers.


Our attorneys have experience in many aspects of environmental law: from the issues raised during the handling of hazardous materials to the resolution of natural resource problems. These services include helping buyers and sellers of property avoid environmental liabilities through the use and analysis of Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments. We also have experience in the preservation of wetlands, conservation easements, parklands and other dedicated uses.

Estate Planning

Our attorneys offer a full array of estate planning services, including the drafting of wills, various types of trusts, limited liability companies, and family limited partnerships, as well as generation skipping tax planning and tax return preparation. We also help with preparation of advance directives, such as living wills and durable power of attorney. We can help you plan for your future to make the transition of your wealth to younger generations as seamless as possible.

Healthcare Fraud & Abuse and Regulatory

Spengler Nathanson can assist clients in complying with the Stark Law, the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the False Claims Act, and more. We can work with you to protect against these risks on the front end of a transaction and can help you respond to an audit or a need to restructure an existing relationship due to changed circumstances. We can also advise you if you become aware of a potential violation or are facing a possible qui tam action.

Labor and Employment

Spengler Nathanson attorneys are well-versed in helping employers in various industries with labor and employment matters. We can leverage this expertise to find solutions for healthcare providers too. We also work to stay up-to-date on changes to the Affordable Care Act and other legislation affecting employer health insurance, employee benefits, and other operational matters.


Our attorneys have experience handling various aspects of landlord/tenant relationships—both residential and commercial. From drafting and advising on leases, renting policies, tenant notices, counseling landlords as tenant issues arise, and handling eviction proceedings and litigation. We can be a resource for both landlords and tenants alike.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our attorneys represent a wide range of businesses in connection with the development of growth strategies, including mergers and acquisitions. From planning to drafting and from negotiating to closing, we will assist you with all of your growth needs. We often use a team approach so that each of your specified growth needs, whether tax, environmental, ERISA, or labor is addressed in a timely and efficient manner.

Nonprofit Organizations

Our attorneys will help you organize to qualify for non-profit status if your corporation benefits the public, a specific group of individuals or the membership. Some of the non-profits we have represented include: religious organizations, charitable organizations, political organizations, metropolitan parks, credit unions and membership clubs.


There are two aspects to our representation in this area of the law. First, we represent the estate representative in the administration of the estate and distribution of estate assets. Second, we represent heirs in monitoring estates where there are issues with the designated estate representative and in wills/trusts contests and actions to recover assets belonging to an estate, a trust, or other individual.

Provider and Hospital / System Alignment

Spengler Nathanson attorneys help systems and individual providers alike find the best way to coordinate efforts to improve the care experience, improve the health of patient populations, and reduce the cost of care. If you are seeking assistance with your practice or system, we can help.

Real Estate

Our attorneys represent owners, builders, contractors, developers, landlords, and tenants in all types of real estate transactions, whether residential, commercial, industrial, retail, or office, and as to all types of administrative matters, including building and fire code compliance matters. We have extensive experience in acquisitions, financing, leasing, development, construction, and sales.

Retirement Planning

Our attorneys utilize a comprehensive approach to retirement planning and wealth preservation. We examine and help to guide our clients’ investments, tax plans, business succession plans, trust plans, and charitable inclinations.

Strategy and Healthcare Innovations

The healthcare industry is ever-changing and with change comes innovation. Spengler Nathanson attorneys stand ready to be a strategic and innovative partner for many players within the industry, from health systems and providers to business start-ups.


Trusts are an effective, and in many cases, a necessary part of a good estate plan. Trusts can be used to protect, transfers, control, and disburse assets. Our attorneys can help clients identify the benefits of setting a trust for their family and oversee the proper administration of a trust assets.

Zoning and Land Use

Our attorneys represent clients in matters of rezoning, planned unit developments, conditional use permits, zoning variances, and other growth management permit and development order issues. Our clients have included local governments, trusts, partnerships, property owners, and developers of residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use community projects.