Richard Pena is president and CEO of the firm. He was elected by his peers to serve as the President of the State Bar of Texas from 1998-1999. He served as President of the American Bar Foundation and was on the Board of Governors for the American Bar Association. He is also past president of the Travis County Bar Association, former Chair of the Texas Bar Foundation, and former Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He was a director to the State Bar of Texas and a State Delegate to the ABA. Richard has received three Presidential Citations from the State Bar of Texas for his meritorious service to the profession and has been selected a member of the prestigious American Inns of Court as well as receiving the Distinguished Lawyer Award presented by the Austin Bar Association in 2007. The Texas Bar Journal recognized him as 1 of 20 "trailblazers" in the February 2014 issue. He also was the recipient of the 2010 Difference Makers Award presented by the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division.
Richard is a national leader in the legal field, and is active in the American Bar Association, where he led the Texas Delegation to the ABA. He has also been active in the American Bar Foundation, where he was previously on the Board of Directors. Recently he served as Chair of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, which is the preeminent attorney group in the country with membership limited to one third of one percent (1/3 of 1%) of the lawyers in America. Richard has been on the Advisory Board of People to People Ambassadors Program and has led Delegations of Texas and U.S. Lawyers to numerous countries including, Turkey, South Africa, China, Tibet, Cuba, Vietnam, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Israel, and Brazil. He was also Chair of a U.S.-Russian Joint Conference on the Rule of Law in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 2006 he received the Eisenhower Achievement Award from the program. Richard's trip to Egypt was featured in an article in the Austin American-Statesman as well as in the Austin Business Journal. He is currently Special Assistant for Legal Program Travel to Academic Travel Abroad.
Richard graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where the law school faculty awarded him an honorary membership in the Order of the Coif. Listed in Who's Who in American Law, he is licensed to practice law in Texas, Illinois, and Colorado. Based on his rating by the Martindale-Hubbel Law Directory, Richard has been selected as one of Texas' top rated lawyers. Click HERE to view his AVVO rating.
"Richard is a well respected lawyer throughout the state with roots in the community who advocates for his clients with the highest levels of competence, integrity and results." - Former Executive Director of the State Bar of Texas, Tony Alvarado
“I have known Richard Pena for over 25 years. I know him to be a great lawyer who is dedicated to providing excellent service and results for his clients, a well-known leader of our profession on the local, state and national level, and someone whose heart is always in the right place. It is an honor to call him a friend.” -Former President of the State Bar of Texas, Darrell Jordan