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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 McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing 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, four times, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. 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. 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.


Practice areas


  1. Family: 34%
  2. Divorce: 33%
  3. Appeals: 33%


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Charles Emmerich Hardy

    I endorse this lawyer. Fine lawyer. Fine man.


    Charles Hardy Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Brad M. Lamorgese

    Simply said, Richard is one of the best in the business. His analysis of appellate issues, and critical thinking are great assets to his clients. He is also a great writer, with an ability to paint a picture in words of paper, or in a courtroom as an advocate. Richard is always prepared to take on the challenge.


    Brad Lamorgese Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, L.L.P.

5950 Sherry Lane.
Suite 800
Dallas, TX, 75225

McCurley, Orsinger, McCurley, Nelson & Downing, L.L.P.

5950 Sherry Lane Suite 800
Dallas, TX, 75225



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197501/09/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Dan Rugeley Price Memorial AwardTexas Bar Foundation2014
Franklin Jones Best CLE Article of the Year AwardCollege of the State Bar of Texas2013
Top 10Texas Monthly Magazine2013
Top 10Texas Monthly Magazine2012
Top 10Texas Monthly Magazine2010
Franklin Jones Best CLE Article of the Year AwardCollege of the State Bar of Texas2009
Top 10Texas Monthly Magazine2009
Leading Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2006
Best LawyerN/A2005
Central and West Texas Top 50N/A2005
Texas Top 100N/A2005
Best LawyerN/A2004
Certificates of MeritN/A2004
Central and West Texas Top 50N/A2004
Texas Top 100N/A2004
Sam Emison AwardTexas Academy of Family Law Specialists2003
Central and West Texas Top 50N/A2003
Best LawyerN/A2003
Texas Top 100N/A2003
Best LawyerN/A2002
Top Five Family LawyersTexas Lawyers Go-To Guide2002
Presidential CitationN/A2001
Dan R. Price AwardState of Texas Family Law Section2001
Certificates of MeritN/A1997
Gene Cavin AwardN/A1996
Certificates of MeritN/A1996
Board Certified - Civil TrialTexas Board of Legal Specialization1987
Board Certified - Family LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Academy of Family Law SpecialistsMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasFellowN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Antonio Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of Texas, Family Law SectionMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Unknown"The Road Ahead: Long-Term Financial Planning in Connection With Divorce"2006
Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas,"Hot Topics in Litigation: Restitution/Unjust Enrichment",2006
Advanced Civil Appellate Practice Course, State Bar of Texas"Recent Developments in the Daubert Swamp",2005
UnknownPearls of Wisdom from Thirty Years of Practicing Family Law2004
State Bar of Texas' Practice Before the Texas Supreme CourtTrends in the Supreme Court2004
State Bar of Texas' Judicial Section Annual ConferenceRecent Developments in Family Law2004
State Bar of Texas' Judicial Section Annual ConferenceHot Topics in Family Law2004
State Bar of Texas' 18th Annual Advanced Civil Appellate Practice CourseSupreme Court Trends2004
State Bar of Texas' 30th Annual Advanced Family Law Course,Those Other Texas Codes: Things the Family Lawyer Needs to Know About Codifications Outside the Family Code2004
State Bar of Texas' 4th Annual Advance Expert Witness CourseAdmissibility of Fact, Lay Opinion & Expert Witness Evidence2004
State Bar of Texas' Annual Meeting: Ultimate Trial NotebookPre-Trial Motions: Daubert /Robinson2004
State Bar of Texas' 4th Annual Advanced Expert Witness CourseSpecial Problems Admitting Business Records Containing Expert Evidence2004
Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial InstituteThe Right Stuff: Choosing Expert Witnesses2004
Texas Center for the Judiciary Winter Regional ConferenceFamily Law Updates2004
South Texas Law ReviewA Guide to Proceedings Under the Texas Parent Notification Statute and Rules2000
State Bar of TexasA Guide to Proceedings Under the Texas Parent Notification Statute and Rules1999
South Texas Law ReviewObligations of the Trial Lawyer Under Texas Law Toward the Client Relating to an Appeal1999
Texas Family Law ServiceAsserting Claims for Intentionally or Recklessly Causing Severe Emotional Distress in Connection with Divorce NewsAlert1995
25 St. Mary's Law Journal 1254Asserting Claims for Intentionally or Recklessly Causing Severe Emotional Distress in Connection with Divorce1994
6 McDonaldTexas Civil Appellate Practice1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of TexasEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1972