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Richard Orsinger


Curriculum Vitae

Divorce & Family Law Appellate Attorney Richard Orsinger Born and raised in Dallas, Texas

Education:
  • Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia (1968-70)
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas (B.A., Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, 1972)
  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas (J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1975)
Licensure:
  • Texas Supreme Court (1975)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (1997-1992; 2000)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (1979)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit (1979)
  • Supreme Court of the United States (1981)
Board Certifications:

Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Family Law (1980)
  • Civil Appellate Law (1987)
Honors:
  • Ranked in the Top 10 of all Lawyers in Texas by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal Division, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014
  • Exemplary Non-Judicial Faculty Award, Texas Center for the Judiciary, 2014
  • Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award, Texas Bar Foundation, 2014
  • Franklin Jones Best Continuing Legal Education Article of the Year Award for "170 Years of Contract Law," College of the State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • Franklin Jones Best Continuing Legal Education Article of the Year Award for "Practicing Family Law in a Depressed Economy," College of the State Bar of Texas, 2009
  • Best Family Law Continuing Legal Education Article Award for "Different Ways to Trace Separate Property," State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, 2008
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section Award for the Best Family Law Continuing Legal Education article, 2009
  • Named the 2011-2012 Family Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed as Top Family Lawyer in Texas, Texas Lawyer's Go-To Guide, 2007
  • Listed among Top Five Family Lawyers in Texas, Texas Lawyer's Go-To Guide, 2002 & 2012
  • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal Division, 2003-2015
  • Listed among Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal Division, 2003-2015
  • Listed among Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Lawyers, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, Legal Division, 2004-2015
  • Listed among Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal Division, 2003
  • San Antonio’s Best Lawyers, S.A. Scene Magazine, 2004 - 2014
  • Listed among Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2009
  • Listed among Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2006-2007
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists' Sam Emison Award for significant contributions to the practice of Family Law in Texas, 2003
  • Association for Continuing Legal Excellence Best Program Award for Enron: The Legal Issues, 2002
  • State Bar of Texas Family Law Section's Dan R. Price Award for outstanding contributions to Family Law, August 2001
  • State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation "for innovative leadership and relentless pursuit of excellence for Continuing Legal Education," June 2001
  • State Bar of Texas Gene Cavin Award for excellence in Continuing Legal Education, June 1996
  • State Bar of Texas Certificate of Merit for outstanding service to the legal profession during the 12 months ending June 1995
  • State Bar of Texas Certificate of Merit for outstanding service to the legal profession during the 12 months ending June 1996
  • State Bar of Texas Certificate of Merit for outstanding service to the legal profession during the 12 months ending June 1997
  • State Bar of Texas Certificate of Merit for outstanding service to the legal profession during the 12 months ending June 2004
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers In America, Family Law, 1987-2016
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers In America, Appellate Law, 2007-2016
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law, 1992
Memberships in Organizations:
  • Member, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (President, 1990-1991)
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Houston Bar Association (1997 to present)
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association (1997 to present)
  • Member, San Antonio Bar Association (1975 to present)
  • Member, San Antonio Family Lawyers Association (President, 1989-90)
  • King William Association (Neighborhood Group)
Professional Activities:
  • Chair, Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (1999-2000)
  • Chair, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Texas (1996-97)
  • Member, Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee on Rules of Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Rules of Evidence (1994-2015; Chairman, Subcommittee on Rules 15-165a, 1999-2002)
  • Member, Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee on Child Support and Visitation Guidelines (1989-1998; Co-Chair, 1992-93; Chair 1994-97)
  • Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar of Texas, (1990-2000; Chair, 2000-2002; Vice-Chair 2002-2003)
  • Supreme Court Liaison, Texas Judicial Committee on Information Technology (2001-2003)
  • Member, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Civil Appellate Law Exam Committee (1990-2002; Chairman 1991-1995)
  • Member, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Civil Appellate Law Advisory Commission (1994-2001)
  • Member, Supreme Court of Texas Task Force on Jury Charges (1992-93)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas Section Representative to the Board Committee (1999- 2001)
  • Director, San Antonio Bar Association (1997-98)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas Ad Hoc Committee to Study PDP Finances (1992-93)
  • Member, State Bar of Texas Ad Hoc Committee to Study Bar-Section Relations (1997-98)
  • Member, Pattern Jury Charge Committee (Family Law), State Bar of Texas (1987-2002; Chairman, Marital Property Subcommittee, 1995)
  • Member, Family Law Advisory Commission to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1987-93)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Texas Legal Resource Center on Child Abuse & Neglect, Inc. (1991-93)
  • Editor, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists' Family Law Forum (1988-1989)
  • Associate Editor, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section's Appellate Advocate (1988-92)
Continuing Legal Education (Selected Articles & Presentations):
  • Dividing Ownership Interests in Closely-held Business Entities: Things To Know and To Avoid (2016)
  • Same-Sex Marriages and Gender Identity Issues, Family Justice Conference (2015)
  • Sanctions on Review! (Appeal and Mandamus) Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (2012)
  • Negotiating a Family Law Case, Advanced Family Law Course (2012)
  • New Appellate Rules for CPS Cases, Advanced Family Law Course (2012)
  • Court-Imposed Sanctions in Texas, Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course (2012)
  • Business Valuation Upon Divorce: How Theory and Practice Can Lead to Problems In Court, AICPA-AAML National Conference on Divorce (2012)
  • Goodwill Upon Divorce: Distinguishing Between Intangible Assets, Enterprise Goodwill, and Personal Goodwill, AICPA-AAML National Conference on Divorce (2012)
  • The Role of Reasoning and Persuasion in the Legal Argumentation, State Bar of Texas' Handling Your First Appeal (2012)
  • A New Approach to Determining Enterprise and Personal Goodwill Upon Divorce, State Bar of Texas’ New Frontiers in Marital Property Law Course (2011)
  • The Role of Reasoning in Constructing a Persuasive Argument, State Bar of Texas 37th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (2011)
  • The Role of Reasoning and Persuasion in Appeals, State Bar of Texas' Handling Your First Civil Appeal (2011)
  • The Role of Reasoning and Persuasion in the Legal Process, State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (2010)
  • Troubling Issues of Characterization, Reimbursement, Valuation, and Division Upon Divorce, State Bar of Texas 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (2010)
  • Separate & Community Property: 30 Rules With Explanations & Examples, State Bar of Texas 36th Annual Advanced Family Law Course (2010)
  • Reassessing Some of Our Approaches to Family Law Cases, State Bar of Texas New Frontiers in Marital Property Law Course (2009)

Click here for complete list of articles & presentations.

Continuing Legal Education (Administration):

  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas Practice Before the Supreme Court of Texas (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas Enron, The Legal Issues (2002) (Winner of ACLEA Award for best CLE course)
  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas Advanced Expert Witness Course (2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004)
  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas Impact of the New Rules of Discovery for Business, Personal Injury and Family Law Litigators (1999)
  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas 1998 Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course (1998)
  • Director, Advanced Civil Trial Course (1990-1991)
  • Director, Computer Workshop at Advanced Family Law Course (1990-1994)
  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas 1987 Advanced Family Law Course (Attended by 1,100 attorneys and judges)
  • Course Director, State Bar of Texas 1991 Advanced Evidence & Discovery Course (1991)
  • Course Director, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists: Inaugural Trial Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada (1987)
Board Certified in Family Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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