Regarded as one of Texas' top family law and appellate lawyers, Richard R. Orsinger lives in San Antonio and maintains offices in both San Antonio and Dallas. A partner in the Dallas-based Family Law firm of Orsinger Nelson Downing & Anderson L.L.P, Richard handles cases across Texas, including in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin, El Paso, and Corpus Christi, as well as appeals to Texas courts of appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. In its Go-To Guide, Texas Lawyer newspaper named Richard the top Family Lawyer in Texas in 2007, and among the state’s top five Family Lawyers in 2002 and 2012. Richard has been honored among all Texas lawyers as one of the state's Top 10 attorneys by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal Division, five times, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He also has been named among the "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas" in the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2003. Among his other accolades, he has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in Family Law every year since 1987 and in Appellate Law since 2007. In 2011 and 2012 he was named the Family Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. In 2014, Richard received the prestigious Dan Rugely Price Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation in recognition of his dedication to the legal profession and was presented the Texas Center for the Judiciary's Exemplary Non-Judicial Faculty award. He also has twice (2009 and 2013) been the recipient of the College of the State Bar of Texas' Best Continuing Legal Education article award.
The 39-year family law practitioner has extensive experience negotiating and litigating family law cases and has handled
many jury and non-jury trials involving property and child custody issues. He is often hired by other attorneys to provide
assistance in complex family law disputes due to his expertise in resolving complicated property questions and in handling
expert witnesses in property and custody cases. Because of his knowledge of legal procedure and evidence rules, he is also
called upon to serve as co-counsel by family lawyers who seek to maximize their chance of success in cases they expect to be
appealed to a higher court.
Richard Orsinger is committed to improving the practice of law:
He has served as chair of both the State Bar of Texas' Family Law and Appellate sections, and has served on the Texas Board of
Legal Specialization's Family Law Advisory Commission. In addition, Richard was a long-time member of the Board's Civil
Appellate Specialization Exam Committee, which writes and grades the examination for certification in Civil Appellate Law.
The Texas Supreme Court has appointed Richard to serve on several statewide committees aimed at improving family law and the
administration of justice in Texas.
Richard served successive terms as Chair of the Supreme Court's Child Support and Visitation Guidelines Committee. Richard has also served for 20 years on the prestigious Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Procedure and Evidence.
Richard has received honors for his work:
Richard served two years as Chair of the State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education Committee. In addition, Richard
created the State Bar's Advanced Expert Witness course and Practice in the Supreme Court course and served as Director of
the Advanced Family Law Course, Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, Advanced Civil Appellate Course, and other State Bar
CLE courses. Richard also served for many years on the State Bar committee that drafted the pattern jury instructions and
questions used around the state in family law cases.
- Two-time recipient of the Franklin Jones Award for Best CLE Article by the College of the State Bar of Texas
- Texas Bar Foundation award presented to a Texas lawyer with a demonstrated dedication to the legal profession and clients.
- Four Texas State Bar Certificates of Merit and one State Bar Presidential Citation for his service to the bar.
- The Texas State Bar's award for excellence in Continuing Legal Education.
- The Texas State Bar Family Law Section's award for contributions to family law in Texas.
- A national award from the Association for Continuing Legal Education for a course he co-directed on the legal
implications of the Enron collapse.
A prolific writer and speaker, Richard has authored law journal articles, and has written and presented more than 225 CLE
articles on topics involving family law, civil procedure, evidence law, appellate procedure, and the use of computers in law
practice. He has also authored an authoritative 900-page treatise on Texas civil appellate procedure published by
Bancroft-Whitney, and was Chief Editor of a two-volume work on the use of experts in family law litigation as well as the Texas Supreme Court Practice Manual.
Board Certified in Family Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
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