Richard C. “Dick” Price has practiced divorce and family law in Fort Worth since 1976 and has been Board Certified as a Specialist in Family Law since 1984. He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine five times and has been designated a Top Lawyer in Tarrant County by Fort Worth Magazine for seven years.
Dick graduated in 1976 from the UT School of Law after previously earning a Masters degree in Speech – Communications at TCU in 1973 and a B.A. from UT in 1972. A debater in undergraduate school, he was an assistant debate coach at TCU before serving a year each as head debate coach at UT-Austin and at TCU in the mid-to-late 1970’s.
Dick has used his communication skills in practicing Collaborative Law and as a frequent speaker for the State Bar of Texas, the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas, the Tarrant County Bar Association and various other county bar associations and organizations, speaking on Collaborative Law, family law and law practice management issues. He was also on the Research Committee of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
Early in his career, Dick was an active trial lawyer, handling Family Law, Criminal, Personal Injury and other cases. He did pre-trial preparation, picked juries, tried the cases and did a few appeals. After about 15 years of practice, Dick noticed that most cases settled, rather than going through trial. Although the traditional emphasis was on preparing for trial, very few cases actually went to trial. That may have been in part because the use of mediation was becoming more widespread and successful. After noticing the trend toward out of court settlements, Dick started looking around for ways to improve his negotiation skills. Eventually, he discovered Collaborative Law when it first came to Texas. He helped found the Tarrant County Collaborative practice group after he attended some of the first Collaborative Law seminars in Texas. Although he still does some litigation, he prefers Collaborative Law with its challenges and rewards.
He is a charter member and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas. Dick was one of the first six lawyers in Tarrant County to be trained in Collaborative Law, and he was a founding member and leader of the Collaborative Lawyers of Tarrant County. He is also a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas.
In addition to being active, and a former Board member, in the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Dick has served as a temporary Associate Judge for each of the family courts in Tarrant County and has mediated a number of cases.
Dick has lived in Fort Worth for over 35 years. He has been married for over 20 years and has a son in high school. He and his wife had an antique business on the side for several years, but closed up shop to allow them more time with their son’s school and other activities. In his spare time, Dick has been a Scoutmaster and little league baseball coach. He also has a goal of participating in the Amazing Race on TV.