Richard is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with thirty-eight years of experience representing businesses and individuals in litigation, arbitration, and mediation. His practice is focused on lawsuits brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and under the disability rights provisions in the Fair Housing Act. He is the author of Accessibility Defense (accessdefense.com), a blog that provides news and information to help businesses avoid and defend disability rights litigation. Richard has also served as an adjunct professor teaching Disability Law at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University and serves on the Texas State Bar Disability Issues Committee. He frequently speaks on topics related to disability rights litigation, most recently at the Security Summit for the International Conference of Shopping Centers and the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. He has been interviewed on disability rights litigation issues by Forbes, The Economist, The National Psychologist and many other publications.
In addition to his work in the field of disability rights education and litigation Richard has served on the Examination Committee for Civil Trial Certification for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Texas Wesleyan School of Law.
Richard obtained his B.A., magna cum laude, from Rice University and his J.D., with honors, from the University of Texas at Austin.