Bob Richardson has been many things in life: a newscaster, a prosecutor and a member of the Texas House of Representatives. In his heart, however, he’s always been lawyer with a desire to serve those in need.
Now retired, Bob was the founding attorney of The Bob Richardson Law Firm, where he represented the injured and disabled in personal injury, wrongful death and Social Security disability cases, helping them to secure the benefits and compensation they need and deserve.
"I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 12 years old. It occurred to me that having a law degree in a civilized society was kind of like having a knife in the jungle,” Bob says. "The average citizen doesn’t have that knife in the jungle, so to speak, and I like to be the guy representing them and taking care of them."
Bob earned his B.A. degree in Political Science at Vanderbilt University and attended the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at the University of Madrid, Spain. He received his law degree at the University of Texas School of Law.
He practiced law for more than 25 years, which includes several years spent fighting to keep criminals off the streets as a prosecutor who won 95 percent of his trials.
Bob also served five terms on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR) and as the President of the Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (FOSSCR).
In addition to his legal career, Bob worked as a newscaster for Lyndon Johnson’s family television station, KTBC-TV.
As a Republican State Representative, he amended the Texas Constitution to include a Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights.
“I’ve tried to kind of bring all of that history and all of that commitment with me to the law practice,” Bob says. “We do not hesitate to take on a billion-dollar insurance company. We do that for our clients. We do that because it’s the right thing. And we do that because that’s the kind of thing we enjoy doing. We like representing real people.”
Bob has been an active member of the civic and legal communities.
He is a member of or contributor to nearly 40 civic and community organizations, including: AARP, Rotary Club of Austin (Paul Harris Fellow), University of Texas Longhorn Foundation, Feed the Children, Blue Santa (Austin Police), Austin Metropolitan Ministries, Young Men’s Christian Association (member “Benefactor of Youth” 1998 and Gold Club Member 1998), Columbus Baptist Church, St. David’s Episcopal Church, Salvation Army, SafePlace (spousal abuse assistance), Austin Film Society, Austin Humane Society (member of Advisory Board), CARE, American Red Cross and various neighborhood associations.
Bob is also a member of numerous law organizations, including the American Association for Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, State Bar of Texas, Travis County Bar Association, National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR), Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, and State Bar College (recognizes outstanding participation in Continuing Legal Education).
He is a former Outstanding Young Man of America and has received commendations from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), University of Texas Faculty and Mental Health and Retardation staff for his legislative work.