Richard C. DeBerry

Richard is board certified in Commercial Real Estate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His litigation practice focuses on real estate, condemnation/eminent domain, construction law, railroad and commercial contract disputes. His real estate litigation practice also includes ad valorem or property tax disputes, purchase and development contracts and commercial landlord/tenant disputes. Richard brings more than 25 years of broad-based state and federal court litigation experience to the firm.

Richard has represented the interests of industrial, commercial and retail property owners and developers, homeowners, ranchers, farmers, public school districts, municipalities, a private university and banking institutions. He has considerable experience in railroad related litigation having represented both a major railroad as well as a short-line railroad in a variety of matters.

Richard's real estate litigation cases have involved office buildings, apartment and condominium projects, shopping centers, restaurants and medical offices and facilities. His condemnation cases have involved pipelines, electric transmission lines, county roads and state highways, toll roads, railroads, airports, public schools, county and municipal buildings, water districts and municipal drainage facilities. Richard's property tax cases have involved commercial properties and office buildings, as well as owner representation in high value residential properties. His construction litigation practice focuses on owner representation in commercial/industrial and public construction projects, including troubled projects requiring management of general contractor, architect, or surety related issues, as well as owner representation in high value residential projects. In addition, his construction law practice includes drafting and editing construction contracts, architect and/or engineer agreements and consultation regarding best practices for larger projects and multiple facility construction programs. Richard's railroad litigation practice has involved right-of-way disputes, condemnation for new tracks and facilities, tariff/demurrage and other federal regulatory issues and union disputes. In general commercial litigation, he works primarily on contractual disputes, including insurance coverage disputes.

Following his 1989 graduation from The University of Texas at Austin, Richard earned a law degree from The University of Tulsa in 1992. While there, he served as Notes and Comments editor for The University of Tulsa Law Journal, from 1991 to 1992, and was a member of the National Mock Trial Team in 1991.

Mr. DeBerry was named a Texas Monthly Texas Rising Star 2004 though 2006, a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer 2007 through 2015, and has been listed as one of Fort Worth, Texas magazine’s "Top Attorneys" on multiple occasions.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Court
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Construction Law Section
    • Litigation Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Texas, 1992
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals of the Fifth Federal Court
  • Federal District Court for the Northern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Supreme Court of Texas