While no two estates are ever the same, Richard Popper has seen enough trust and estate work over 35-plus years in practice to confidently assert that he can develop a strategy for any situation, even if it might appear completely novel. In matters of business succession, tax planning, inheritance, and a wide range of other family concerns, Richard creates and administers the trusts that form the legal and financial foundation of his clients’ estates.

Combining a thorough technical command of the law with a meticulous assessment of each client’s unique issues, Richard brings a heightened sensitivity to the needs of families confronting realities that are often deeply personal and sometimes painful.

As Delaware is often in the forefront of new trust and estate law, Richard closely studies each new tool as it becomes available, and regularly applies these tools to his clients’ advantage.


  • Georgetown University Law Center  (M.L.T.)
  • The George Washington University Law School  (J.D.)
    • with Honors
  • Tufts University  (B.S., magna cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia (inactive)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates, 1993  - Present
  • Named leading Delaware practitioner by Chambers High Net Worth since 2016

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow

  • Delaware State Bar Association, Tax Section, Chair, 2001-2002; Estates and Trusts Section, Chair, 1991-1992

  • American Bar Association, Tax Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections, Member

  • Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Contract Bridge League (2017-2019)