State Bar President, 1998-1999
Richard Pena is the owner of the Law Offices of Richard Pena, P.C.
The principal office is in Austin, with a branch office in McAllen. He
earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas.
His practice is concentrated primarily in workers’ compensation
and personal injury. He is a past president of the Travis County Bar
Association and Capital Area Mexican-American Lawyers Association. He
is a past member of the State Bar Board of Directors and served on its
executive committee for two years. He also served as chair of the Texas
Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, as president of the American Bar
Foundation, and as a delegate to the ABA Board of Governors.
Pena is a Master of the American Inns of Court. He received three
State Bar presidential citations and was honored as the Outstanding
Hispanic Lawyer in Austin in 1989. He is a member of the Colorado and
American Bar associations. He was chair of a U.S.-Russian Joint
Conference on the Rule of Law and, in 2006, received the Eisenhower
Achievement Award from the program. He is on the advisory board of
People to People Ambassador Program. In the community, Pena served as
chair of the Homeless Task Force and on the boards of the Boys Club of
Austin, Center for Battered Women, and Austin Association of Retarded
Citizens. Pena is also a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association,
Pro Bono College, and Texas Center for Legal Ethics and
Professionalism. He is a founder of Center Court Mediation Group.