Anatomy of a SUPER divorce lawyer, to wit: Richard Orsinger of Texas


Texas superlawyer Richard Orsinger flitted across my radar this afternoon when I learned via TMZ that he quit as Tony Parker’s divorce attorney. (Tony Parker is the San Antonio Spurs point guard who filed for divorce from Desperate Housewives actress, Eva Longoria circa November, 2010). In any event, I decided to Google Mr. Orsinger to see why he’s such hot stuff that two men involved in the same divorce action constellation, namely Tony Parker and Brent Barry (the husband of the woman, Erin Barry, whom Tony allegedly sent sexy text messages to, precipitating his divorce from Longoria) retained him to handle their divorce. How does that happen? That both these high profile, affluent men picked the same divorce lawyer, forcing him to quit one of them (he filed Tony’s petition and already has Brent on retainer) due to conflict of interest concerns? Well, I have to tell you, this guy has a very impressive reputation in Texas. So much so, that I copied a summary of his CV for your edification, although, I suggest you go to his website and read his entire resume, and turn green with envy, or at least be wowed. So, here’s the summary of his career (and what I want to be when I grow up):

Family Law Appellate Attorney Richard Orsinger
 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 boutique McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing L.L.P, Richard handles cases across Texas, including in Dallas, McKinney, San Antonio, Houston, Austin, El Paso, and Corpus Christi, as well as appeals to the courts of appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. Texas Lawyer newspaper has named Richard as the top family lawyer in Texas. In both 2009 and 2010, Richard was honored among all Texas lawyers as one of the state’s Top 10 attorneys by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal Division, He also has been named among the “Top 100 Lawyers in Texas” in the Texas Super Lawyers list 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.
The 34-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 thirteen years on the prestigious Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Procedure and Evidence.
Richard has received honors for his work:

  • 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.
  • College of the State Bar of Texas’ Best Continuing Legal Education article.
  • 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.

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.
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.