Richard graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. While he subsequently received a Scholarship for an MBA Program at Stanford University (which he respectfully declined), he then entered and graduated from the University of Denver’s Law School. Upon completing law school Richard took and passed the Colorado Bar Examination, gaining admission to the practice of law in Colorado in May of 1977. Later that year, Richard also received his Colorado Real Estate Broker’s License (after completing 192 hours of in-classroom instruction and passing the Real Estate Broker’s Examination). Richard has been diligent about keeping both licenses continuously active since obtaining them.
Over the next few years, Richard served as a Deputy District Attorney in Arapahoe County, prosecuting numerous misdemeanor and felony cases, with approximately thirty Jury Trials and numerous trials to the bench. The following year, Richard worked for a small law firm handling numerous real estate matters, criminal cases, domestic relation matters, and contract cases.
While in the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office, Richard taught classes at the Arapahoe Community College, including Business, Real Estate & Criminal Law courses.
From January of 1980 through December of 1982, Richard was In-house Counsel for Parking Company of America, Realty Company of America (including the managing Real Estate Broker) and Chaves Industrial Bank, formerly Lehman Industrial Bank. In this role, Richard was responsible for all legal matters relating to acquiring and selling commercial properties, including real estate litigation. He represented the Bank in all of its affairs with Colorado’s Banking Commissioner’s Office and was responsible for all corporate matters for all three entities, including real property acquisitions taking place in Colorado, California, New Mexico, Nevada & Canada.