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Richard was born and grew up in El Reno, Oklahoma, and represents the third generation in his family to practice law here. A graduate of El Reno High School, he earned his B.A. from Oklahoma University and his J.D. from the Oklahoma University School of Law.

A former Army intelligence officer, Richard earned an Army Commendation Medal and a Vietnam Campaign Medal before returning home to ender the family law practice.

Oklahoma’s 1971 Outstanding Young Lawyer, Richard is now an Oklahoma State Bar Examiner, former chair of the Board of Bar Examiners, Past President of the Canadian County Bar Association, and a past temporary Judge of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Division 88 Court of Appeals. He has also been an El Reno City Councilman, President of the El Reno Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the Board of Regents at Redlands Community College. He is a founding member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms and a member of its Board of Directors.

He is admitted to practice in the State of Oklahoma, the Western District Court of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

An experienced lecturer and motivational speaker, he is active in El Reno’s First Christian Church, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the B.P.O.E.