Richard H. Nicholls, 70, a nationally recognized tax attorney in the municipal bond market who was a mentor to many bond lawyers, died March 14 after a 10-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Nicholls, of Stamford, Conn., spent more than 30 years of his 40-year career at Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, and headed its tax department before the firm was dissolved in 1995. After that, he was of counsel to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe through 2004.

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