Richard (Rick) Payne, Esq.

Chief Legal Officer

Meet Rick

Meet Rick

Rick is an original member of Ligris and its Chief Legal Officer. His practice concentrates on residential and commercial real estate transactions. He represents buyers, sellers, and developers in the acquisition, sale, and development of residential and commercial real estate. Rick also has extensive experience representing both landlords and tenants in housing and rental disputes.

Rick was born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts and currently resides there with his wife and two daughters.

Outside the Office

Rick is an avid sports fan and a Patriots season ticket holder. He enjoys spending time with his family.

Community Involvement

Recognized for Team and Personal fundraising efforts, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, 2018-present


J.D., Suffolk University Law School
B.S., Criminal Justice, The Citadel The Military College of South Carolina

Bar & Court Admissions




Before joining Ligris, Rick was an associate attorney at a transactional law firm in greater Boston, focusing on residential and commercial real estate matters. Prior to that, Rick handled various landlord tenant litigation matters in Housing Courts throughout the Greater Boston area.

Professional Affiliations

Massachusetts Real Estate Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

American Land Title Association

Why Rick?

Why Rick?

Having been the original associate at Ligris, Rick received training and experience that helps him recognize the obstacles faced in this business and how to deal with them appropriately and efficiently.

Today, as Chief Legal Officer, Rick’s knowledge of the relevant statutory and compliance issues enables him to keep his clients apprised of potential risks and pitfalls so he can advise the best avenue to minimize potential liabilities.

Learn from Rick

Learn from Rick

Rick has presented at numerous seminars and training sessions for first-time homebuyers and leasing classes.

He regularly presents at staff meetings with real estate brokers, salespeople, and lenders, covering all aspects of conveyancing topics, such as TRID, condominium law, and usage of the current forms and practices.

Proudest Moment

“I have a few: Obviously becoming a father twice, graduating from The Citadel and being selected as a member of the Summerall Guards, The Citadel's elite, silent drill platoon comprised of the Top 61 rising seniors each year.”

Biggest Challenge

“Getting away. I tend to stay involved and never put my phone and email down, which doesn’t go over too well at home.”

Energy Booster

“My girls. They are always active and looking to get me in on the games and activities.”

Super Hero Power

“Bluntness. I tend to tell it like it is.”

Favorite Vacation

“Turks & Caicos. I only went once but it was amazing and we are looking to go back.”


“Sporting events, deep sea fishing, playing golf and watching my children’s sports and activities.”

Comfort Food

“Pizza and wings from the Echo Bridge Café.”

On My Playlist

“Country music. Four years in Charleston, South Carolina will do that to you.”

Why Ligris?

“1) Because I could be your attorney, and 2) Without a doubt it is the people, the attorneys, support staff and paralegals. We have surrounded ourselves with the best in the industry. Despite our continual growth, the service is unparalleled and we have been able to maintain the personal feel of a smaller firm with our clients.”