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Richard C. Engel

Richard, managing partner, joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2003 and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Chair of the Business Department. He concentrates his practice in business and corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, securities law, banking, commercial development and IDA financing.

Rich handles securities litigation and arbitration before FINRA, private securities offerings, and federal and state regulatory compliance relating to securities and corporate governance. His clients include the most prominent businesses, banks and investment firms in Central New York, whose trust and confidence Rich has earned through his years of experience in counseling them through their business, banking, corporate and securities issues, both complex and routine, and guiding them to regulatory compliance.

Rich periodically lectures on business and securities law topics at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. In Rich’s spare time, he enjoys outdoor sports such as downhill skiing, fishing, canoeing, scuba diving and spending time in the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands with his wife, who is also an attorney, and their three children.

Practice Areas

Professional and Community Activities


  • Participates with the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Onondaga County Bar Association’s pro bono program
  • Service as a judge for the Syracuse University College of Law and New York State Bar Association moot court competitions
  • Serves on the Boards of the Onondaga County Public Library, Christian Brothers Academy, Century Club and Central New York Biotechnology Accelerator
  • Rich is an active parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville, New York



  • Past President of the Board of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; past Chairman of the Board of the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society; past President of the Century Club; past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Christian Brothers Academy


  • Bachelor of Arts degree, Boston College
  • Juris Doctorate, Syracuse University College of Law


  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association


  • Briefed and argued appeals before several appellate courts, including New York’s highest court, the New York State Court of Appeals
  • Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, Rich practiced law at Engel & Engel, a leading securities law firm in Central New York
  • Represented the developer of the newly renovated Hotel Syracuse, now Marriott Syracuse Downtown, in every aspect from acquisition to financing to construction
  • Represented the developer of Salt City Market
  • Represented seller of multi-billion dollar insurance company
  • Represented seller of $50 million paper manufacturing company
  • Represented buyer of Sherrill Manufacturing, the only US flatware manufacturer
  • Represented seller of 100 year old Syracuse glass manufacturer
  • Represented seller of crane equipment reseller
  • Represented seller of large library systems company
  • Represented seller of Burns Bros. Contractors
  • Represented sellers of national stadium lighting manufacturer
  • Represented numerous Issuers in hundreds of millions raised in private securities transactions


Mackenzie Hughes Thanks Anne B. Ruffer for her leadership role, Elects Richard C. Engel Managing Partner, Appoints James H. Nicoll Business Department Chair

Attorney Anne B. Ruffer electively stepped down as the firm’s Managing Partner effective December 31, 2023, after serving in that role for six years.  During that time, she oversaw the day-to-day firm operations, worked in supporting the firm’s various practice areas, managed its fiscal responsibility, encouraged attorneys’ community involvement, and advanced the firm’s positive culture.  […]

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Rich Engel Elected Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society Board Chair

Richard C. Engel, of Mackenzie Hughes LLP has been elected as Chair of the Board of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society. Rich is a partner in the firm’s Business Department and a member of the Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice in business, mergers & acquisitions, securities law, securities regulation and securities fraud, as well […]

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