Richard was born in Odessa, and, after growing up in the Houston area, he returned to west Texas in 2002 to attend law school at Texas Tech University. Richard graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston, where he was a vice president in Delta Upsilon fraternity. At Texas Tech University School of Law, Richard participated in the Migrant Farmworker Project and received Jurisprudence and CALI awards for academic achievement in courses in ERISA, Labor Law, Trial Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, and NAFTA.
Richard graduated cum laude from Texas Tech School of Law in 2005, and was in the top 20% of his class.
He is admitted to practice in all of the New Mexico and Texas state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico.
Richard is a proud member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Richard is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives and a 2008 graduate of the State Bar of New Mexico's The Honorable Pamela B. Minzner Leadership Training Institute. Richard's practice areas include: Social Security Disability; Personal Injury; and, Short & Long Term Disability.
Richard knows the value of the Social Security disability program firsthand as his late father became unable to work while Richard was in law school. Social Security benefits allowed Richard’s mother and father to remain in their home and provided them with some of his lost income until Richard’s father passed away.
Richard and his wife Greta, who is also an attorney, are parishioners at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Midland. Richard and Greta have two children.