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The principal in the firm, Rick Conley, grew up in Cranford Township in Union County and graduated from Cranford High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Williams College, Williamstown, MA with honors in political science in 1965. He graduated from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA in 1968.

After graduating from law school, Rick began his legal career at New Jersey's largest law firm, McCarter & English, located in Newark. At that time, Rick got his first exposure to state taxation when that field was in its infancy. When Governor William T. Cahill was elected, Rick decided to become a Deputy Attorney General in Trenton to get more court-room experience. He was assigned to represent the New Jersey Division of Taxation as well as the local property tax branch of the Division of Taxation and the 21 county boards of taxation. Since that time, Rick has been involved in state and local tax litigation in administrative agencies, the trial courts and the appellate courts on a regular basis.

In 1973, when the Governor's Office needed additional legal assistance, Rick was chosen to be an Assistant Council to Governor Cahill. His responsibility was to deal with the New Jersey Senate and the General Assembly regarding the Treasury Department, the new Department of Environmental Protection and the various bi-state agencies, such as the New York-New Jersey Port Authority. When Governor Cahill lost the primary election, Rick returned to the Attorney General's office and was placed in charge of Special Litigation and Appeals involving all aspects of state government.

In 1975, after working for state government for five and a half years, Rick decided to join a small private law practice in Flemington, New Jersey, the county seat of Hunterdon County, where he owns a farm. However, in 1979, Governor Brendan T. Byrne wrote Rick a letter saying he had been selected to be one of the first six judges for the New Jersey Tax Court. Although he had not wanted to leave his private practice, the new presiding judge of the Tax Court personally recruited him and suggested he ask for a short term, meaning three years, to see if he enjoyed being a judge. During his judicial career, when he was based in Trenton, Rick wrote over 50 published opinions. On many occasions, he took the court to the litigants and presided over trials in 13 of New Jersey's 21 county court houses. After being reappointed to the Tax Court by Governor Thomas Kean, and having spent more than five years on the Tax Court, where he was also temporarily assigned to the Law Division of the Superior Court, Rick decided he enjoyed being a lawyer more than a member of the court and returned to private practice. During that time, he was asked to create and teach a course at Rutgers Law School in Newark on State and Local Taxation, which he did for several years.

Rick Conley established his own boutique law firm in Princeton in 1988. In 1998, when law firms were consolidating, he was asked to become a partner at Archer & Greiner, one of the state's largest law firms, to help that firm establish a Princeton office. He was the head of that firm's Property Tax Appeals Group when he ultimately decided to return to being a country lawyer in Flemington. He left Archer & Greiner and founded Richard M. Conley, LLC, in November 2002.

Richard M. Conley was admitted to the New Jersey Supreme Court and the United States District Court for New Jersey in 1968. He was admitted to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in 1972, the United States Supreme Court in 1975 and the United States Tax Court in 1976. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Hunterdon County Bar Association, the Mercer County Bar Association and the Princeton Bar Association.


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