Richard R. Orsinger

Richard R. Orsinger

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Antonio, TX

Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP
 | 310 S St. Mary's St, 26th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-225-5567
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (70%),
  • Appellate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Sometimes called "the lawyer's lawyer," Richard Orsinger is one of the highest-rated attorneys in Texas, offering a dual board certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Family Law and Civil Appellate Law. Orsinger earned a spot on Super Lawyers "Top 10 Lawyers in Texas" list in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, & 2014, and was the third-highest vote-getter in the 2010 Texas Super Lawyers survey. He was also named the "Top Family Lawyer in Texas" in the 2007 Go-To Guide published by Texas Lawyer newspaper. In addition to representing his own clients, Orsinger often assists attorneys from other firms in complex jury and non-jury cases, particularly those involving separate property claims or business valuation, and cases in which financial or mental health experts will play a prominent role, or where it is expected that there will be an appeal. He is one of the few attorneys listed by Best Lawyers in America in both Family Law and Appellate Law. Orsinger lectures frequently to lawyers and judges, and has published over 250 continuing legal education articles, as well as law review articles and books on appellate procedure and evidence law. Orsinger won an award in 2014 from the Texas Center for the Judiciary for exemplary contributions to judicial education and in 2009 & 2013 he received the College of the State Bar of Texas' award for the best CLE article of the year. Orsinger has served on the Texas Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Rules of Procedure, Evidence and Judicial Administration for 22 years. Orsinger is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, based on the large number of jury trials he has tried. In 2014, Orsinger received the Texas Bar Foundation's prestigious Dan Rugely Price Award for exemplifying "the qualities of an accomplished legal writer and researcher, a talented and dedicated practicing lawyer, a servant of the profession as a volunteer and an advocate on its behalf." This last award was especially meaningful to Richard, since Dan Price was a close friend of his who died at too young an age. Richard handles cases all over Texas, and appears in all Texas appellate courts.

About Richard Orsinger

Admitted: 1975, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.orsingerlaw.com/

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2017
  • Texas Super Lawyers list, by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2017
  • Top 50 Central and West Texas Region Lawyers, Texas Super Lawyers, 2004-2017
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Family Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2001, 2011-2012 and 2014
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
  • Best Lawyers in San Antonio, SA Scene Magazine
  • 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon magazine
  • Top Five Family Lawyers in Texas, Texas Lawyer’s Go-To Guide, 2002 & 2012
  • Named the Top Family Lawyer in Texas, Texas Lawyer's Go-To Guide, 2007
  • Nest Non-Judge Speaker Award, Texas Center for the Judiciary, 2013-2014
  • College of the State Bar of Texas' Franklin Jones Award for Best Continuing Legal Education Article, 2009 and 2013
  • Dan R. Price Award for outstanding contributions to Family Law, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, 2001 and 2014
  • Top 10 Texas Super Lawyers statewide, Thomson Reuters, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Association for Continuing Legal Excellence Best Program Award
  • Best Family Law Continuing Legal Education Article Award for Different Ways to Trace Separate Property, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, 2002
  • 2001 Presidential Citation "for innovative leadership and relentless pursuit of excellence for continuing legal education," State Bar of Texas
  • Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Texas, 2009 and 2013
  • State Bar of Texas Certificate of Merit, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004 
  • Presidential Citation from the State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • State Bar of Texas' Best Family Law CLE Article of the Year Award, 2008
  • Sam Emison Memorial Award for Meritorious Contributions to Family Law, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 2003
  • Best Lawyers in America in Appellate Law since 2007
  • Best Lawyers in America in Family Law since 1987

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Family Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Admitted: State Bar of Texas, 1975; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Dallas Bar Association — Member
  • Houston Bar Association — Member
  • San Antonio Bar Association — Member
  • Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure — Member
  • Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure — Chair, Rules 16-165a Subcommittee
  • Texas Family Law Foundation — Member and Founding Chairman
  • Texas Bar Foundation — Fellow
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists — Member and Former President
  • American Board of Trial Advocates — Associate
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers — Fellow

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Orsinger was Chief Editor of the State Bar Family Law Section's Expert Witness Manual, and was editor-in-chief of the State Bar of Texas' Practice Before the Texas Supreme Court Manual.
  • Orsinger is a two-time recipient of the Franklin Jones Award for Best CLE Article in 2009 and 2013 from the College of the State Bar of Texas.
  • A frequently sought-after lecturer, Richard speaks on Family Law, business valuations, trial and appellate procedure, evidence and law. He has authored more than 200 continuing legal education articles and has authored law review articles since 1982, as well as a 900-page treatise on Texas appellate procedure for Bancroft-Whitney Co.   

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Orsinger has appeared before most of Texas' 14 Courts of Appeals and has secured two reversals from the Supreme Court of Texas. 
  • Orsinger was the third-highest vote-getter in the Texas Super Lawyers survey, earning a spot on the list of  "Top 10 Lawyers in Texas" in 2010 and in 2012-2014. 
  • Orsinger was named the "Top Family Lawyer in Texas" in the 2007 Go-To Guide published by Texas Lawyer newspaper. 
  • Richard is dual Board Certified in both Family Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas at Austin, BA with honors in economics, 1972
  • University of Texas Law School, J.D., 1975

Articles about Richard R. Orsinger appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for Richard R. Orsinger

310 S St. Mary's St
26th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205

 

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Last Updated: 11/13/2017

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