Richard L. Spencer

Attorney / Shareholder

Rick is a recognized leader in real estate law in the State of Texas. He has a depth and breadth of experience in a variety of complex real estate matters. Rick has represented a wide range of businesses and individuals in purchases and sales, contracts, business conflicts, commercial transactions, complex financings, securities fraud, corporate matters, stock and asset acquisitions. He has served as an expert witness and litigation consultant on a number of legal, ethical and business matters and successfully drafted and helped pass new real estate statutes before the Texas Legislature.


9 Greenway Plaza, Suite 500

Houston, Texas 77046


Richard L. Spencer

Real Estate Law

Professional Activities and Recognition


  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Attorneys
  • Board Certified in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law
  • Awarded 2014 Weatherbie Workhorse Award by State Bar of Texas CLE
  • Received 2015 Standing Ovation Award from State Bar of Texas CLE
  • Presented Jim Bowmer Professionalism Award in 2016 by Texas Bar College
  • Voted a Top Rated Lawyer 2003-2017 by Super Lawyers, part of Thompson Reuters
  • “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Chair
  • Uniform Assignment of Leases and Rents Drafting Committee, Chair
  • Ethics and Professionalism Subcommittee, Chair
  • Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys, Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Advisory Commission
  • Texas Real Estate Forms Committee, Chair
  • College of the State Bar, Life Fellow
  • 4D-10 Grievance Committee Member
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Houston Real Estate Lawyer’s Council
  • Course Director
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Advanced Real Estate Law
    • Advanced Real Estate Drafting
    • Advanced Real Estate Strategies
  • University of Texas
    • Mortgage Lending Institute
    • Leasing Institute
  • South Texas College of Law Real Estate Course
  • American Inns of Court, Master
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker-Texas
  • Committee on Brokers and Brokerage-ABA
  • Briefing Attorney, Hon. Richard N. Countiss, Texas Court of Appeals
Author and Speaker


  • Texas State Bar Journal
  • Texas Lawyer
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Reporter
  • University of Texas
    • Mortgage Lending Institute
    • Leasing Institute
  • College of the State Bar-Summer School
  • State Bar of Texas:
    • Advanced Real Estate Law
    • Advanced Real Estate Drafting
    • Advanced Real Estate Strategies
  • South Texas College of Law-Real Estate Law Program
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Real Estate Lawyer’s Council
  • Houston SBA Advisory Council
  • Gulf Coast Legal Foundation
Community Service


  • Founding Member and President; West University Rotary Club
  • West U Rotary Foundation; Board of Directors
  • MS-150; 6-time participant and Club 300 member
  • Director for Graduate Business Network; University of Texas Austin
  • American Heart Association. Jump Rope for Hearts-Board Member
  • Charter Review Commission, Park Land Acquisition Committee and Long Range Planning Committees; City of West University Place
  • Chairman and Secretary; West University Place Party
  • Treasurer and Secretary; Tri-Sports Association of West University Place
  • Athletic Committee State Bar of Texas
  • Scholarship Committee; Texas Ex-Students Association
  • Little League and Soccer Coach, West University Place
  • Usher, First Presbyterian Church.  Real Estate Attorney for Church
  • HAY Center Board of Directors


  • M.B.A. and B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D. from the University of Houston