Richard grew up in Daingerfield, Texas graduating 5th in his high school class.  Having qualified and competed in the Texas State UIL meet for three consecutive years, he achieved the highest score in the Slide Rule competition outscoring every winner in all divisions in Texas his Senior year.

          In 1977, Richard was selected as Kilgore College's only candidate to enter the Texas Instruments engineering development program.  After a time in the engineering program, Richard knew his true interest was in law and law enforcement.   He began his career working for the Gregg County Sheriff's Office as a jailer and then as a patrol deputy and was honored with the Rookie of the Year award after his first year on patrol.  During his employment with the Sheriff's department, Richard was attending the University of Texas at Tyler where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.   Upon his graduation from college, Richard left the Sheriff's Department having attained the rank of Sergeant and went to Houston to attend law school.  

          In December of 1990, Richard graduated 8th in his class from law school and was immediately hired as an Assistant District Attorney for the Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston, Texas in May of 1991 upon passing the State Bar Exam.  After working in several District Courts, he was promoted to Chief Prosecutor in the County Court at Law No. 11  and trained prosecutors to try cases to a jury.  

          In 1994, after more than three years with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, Richard went into private practice in the River Oaks area of Houston practicing primarily as a Criminal Defense attorney.  Due to his tremendous trial experience, at least fifteen other Houston attorneys hired Richard to try their cases to juries.  Those cases ranged from Murder cases to less serious misdemeanor cases.

         After four years in private practice in Houston, a death in his family brought Richard back to Longview.  In February of 1998 he started a new private practice and in 2001 was recruited as an Associate City Judge for the City of Longview for a period of four years while maintaining his private practice.  

          Today, Richard continues his practice representing clients on cases ranging from Capital Murder to traffic offenses.  If you're looking for an attorney who is committed to achieving the best possible results for his clients, who has an excellent reputation among  Judges and fellow attorneys, and is regarded as one of the best trial lawyers in the area, you need look no further.