Richard, a native of Camden, Arkansas, was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1978. A principal at Womack Phelps, he has an extensive academic background. Richard graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ouachita Baptist University in 1974. He is a longtime member of the university’s board of trustees and past chairman. Richard earned a Master’s degree from Baylor University, attended Washington & Lee University, and completed law school at the University of Arkansas in 1978. He is licensed to practice in all Arkansas state courts, federal district courts, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Craighead County Bar Association (past president), the Arkansas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Richard has served as a Special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court on three occasions. He is also recognized as a Mid-South Super Lawyer. Richard’s current experience and areas of practice include multi-district litigation involving agricultural products and machinery, products liability, trucking litigation, medical injury, and personal injury. Since 2004 he has included mediation and arbitration as a growing part of his practice. He is a current member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.