Richard DeBerry

Board-certified in commercial real estate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Richard DeBerry brings 25 years of experience in real estate, construction, eminent domain, and condemnation law to his clients. He also handles the litigation facet of these practice areas, which often includes business and contractual representation. Real estate transactions are usually complex and involve many stakeholders, often initially clouding the client’s ability to see the path to their preferred outcome. Richard enjoys deciphering the complicated issues, cutting through the fog while pursuing his client’s best interests. A well-honed attention to detail helps him provide counsel on the important strategic decisions in real estate and construction transactions and litigation.

Born in Austin and raised in Dallas, Richard likes to say that he got to Fort Worth as quickly as he could. One of the more interesting people you’ll meet, Richard is the adventurous type, enjoying traveling to and exploring new cities, sampling new cuisine, and looking for ways to go fast. He also likes making “damn good” margaritas, cooking, golf, classic movies, pints with buddies, yoga, Texas and TCU sports, and isn’t ashamed to admit that he can build a killer flower arrangement. If he’s not doing any of that, you may find him walking along the river to Press Café with his wife, Kelly, soaking up the sun.

Education

  • Juris Doctor – University of Tulsa, 1992
    • National Mock Trial Team
    • Notes and Comments Editor, Tulsa Law Journal
  • Bachelor of Arts, English – University of Texas at Austin, 1989
    • Head of Executive Committee Lambda Chi Alpha
    • Texas Relays Committee

Bar & Court Admissions & Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas, 1992
  • Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • United States Supreme Court, 2000
  • United States Court of Appeals, 1999
  • Northern and Western Federal District Courts, 1992

Awards & Recognition

 
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thompson Reuters: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Richard DeBerry 10-Year Super Lawyer Badge

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars by Thompson Reuters: 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Top Attorneys >5 Years of Practice by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine: 2014 (Construction), 2016 (Construction), 2017 (Civil Law, Litigation), 2018 (Construction)

Professional Affiliations & Organizations

  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section, Member
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
  • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, Ex-Member
    • President, 1997-1998
    • Vice President, 1996-1997
    • Secretary, 1996
    • Director, 1994-1995
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation

Volunteerism & Community

  • First United Methodist Church Foundation, Fort Worth, Board Member

Presentations

  • Richard has presented multiple times on several pertinent and significant eminent domain and construction law issues.
Richard DeBerry

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Representative Experience & Services

Richard has significant experience in representing owners in public, commercial, industrial, and residential real estate and construction matters and disputes. He has also handled virtually every category of utility, highway, and infrastructure eminent domain and condemnation cases. Such services include:

  • Dealing with contractor, architect, engineer, and surety issues
  • Working in litigation involving office buildings, apartment and condo projects, shopping centers, restaurants, and medical facilities
  • Handling property tax cases involving commercial properties and high value residential property
  • Drafting and editing construction contracts and architect and engineer agreements
  • Providing counsel on best practices for larger projects and multiple facility construction programs
  • Pipelines, electric transmission lines, county roads and state highways, toll roads, railroads, airports, public schools, county and municipal buildings, water districts, and drainage facilities
  • Federal regulatory issues, union disputes, and right-of-way

Richard also practices general commercial litigation, primarily including contractual and insurance coverage disputes.