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I am the President and CEO of my law firm,  which I founded in 1976. Our firm represents those injured in accidents, both on the job and otherwise. Throughout the years we have built our reputation by fighting for the rights of individuals that are being denied their benefits or those who need assistance in obtaining a just resolution of their claim. Our main office is in Austin, Texas, and we have a branch office in McAllen, Texas. For more information on the firm visit our website at


I am the past President of the State Bar of Texas as well as past President of the American Bar Foundation and the Travis County Bar Association. I have been on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA), led the Texas legal delegation to the ABA, and have been chair of the Texas Bar Foundation. I, and my firm, have the highest rating (AV), by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory which is reserved for a small percentage of selected attorneys in the U.S.



In March of 1973, I left on the last planes out of VIetnam, at the end of the Vietnam War. I had been drafted after my first year of law school. Soon to be published is a book, which I co-authored with John Hagan, titled, Last Plane Out of Saigon.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
  2. Workers Compensation: 50%

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  • Gary Lawrence Rodriguez

    I endorse this lawyer. I have knows Richard for approximately 20 years. Richard is a former Texas State Bar President. When I was a defense attorney with Flahive, Ogden, & Latson, PC, I had several cases with Richard. Richard has always impressed me with his integrity, his work ethic, his knowledge of the facts in every case, and his mastery of Workers' Compensation Law. For these reasons, I give Richard my highest and unqualified recommendation.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Law Offices Of Richard Pena Pc

2211 South IH35
Suite 300
Austin, TX, 78741

Law Offices Of Richard Pena Pc

2221 Primrose
McAllen, TX, 78504



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197608/17/2016
ILAdministrative - Not Authorized to Practice200805/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Difference Makers AwardAmerican Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division2010
Distinguished Lawyer AwardAustin Bar Association2007
Eisenhower Achievement AwardPeople To People Ambasador Program2006
Legal Service Award for Texas,Mexican-American Bar Association of Texas2001
Outstanding Hispanic LawyerMexican-American Bar Association of Texas1989
Who's Who in American LawN/AN/A
AV RatingN/AN/A
Presidential CitationsState Bar of TexasN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/CEOLaw Offices of Richard Pena, P.C.1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationState Delegate2002 - Present
American Bar AssociationNominating Committee2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationHouse of Delegates1998 - Present
American Bar FoundationPresident2008 - 2010
American Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2007 - 2010
American Bar FoundationVice President2006 - 2006
Fellows of the American Bar FoundationChair2005 - 2006
American Bar Association, Immigration CommissionChair2004 - 2005
American Bar Association Conference of State DelegatesExecutive Committee2002 - 2002
National Conference of Bar PresidentsExecutive Council2000 - 2003
American Bar FoundationBoard of Directors2000 - 2012
University of Texas School of LawOrder of the Coif1999 - 1999
State Bar of TexasPresident1998 - 1999
State Bar of Texas, James C. Watson Inn of Former Officers and Directors SectionChair1997 - 1998
Texas Bar FoundationChair1996 - 1997
Texas Bar FoundationTrustee1994 - 1997
American Inns of CourtMaster1993 - 1994
State Bar of TexasBoard of Directors1991 - 1994
Travis County Bar AssociationPresident1990 - 1991
Capital Area Mexican-American LawyersPresident1984 - 1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Texas System, AustinN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A