RICHARD D. HAYES is a Real Estate trail lawyer specializing in Eminent Domain, Business, Real Estate, Construction and Business Litigation. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University (1975), his Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University (1976), and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law (1978). He served as a briefing attorney for Adrian Spears, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (1978-1979).

He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law (1987-present). He is licensed to practice in all Texas Courts; the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas; the Courts of Appeal for the 5th and 11th Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Member: Denton County Bar Association (President 1994-1995), the State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Real Property Sections).

He is the past Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party (1996-2002), is a member of the Pachyderm Club of Denton County (President 2010-2012), and served on the Denton County Elections Commission. He is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Council for National Policy.

He served on the Boards of Directors of North Texas Savings & Loan Association Association, Jefferson heritage Bank and Jefferson Heritage Mortgage Corporation, and on the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University (1996-2002, appointed by Honorable George W. Bush). 

He is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Denton Chamber of Commerce (1994-1995), Past President of the Denton Kiwanis Club (1993-1994), served on the Project Cabinet of Vision for Denton-The 21st Century, served on the Organizing Committee for the 24th and 25th Annual Texas Special Olympics, served on the Board of Directors of the Denton Public Schools Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors of the Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America (2005-2015, Vice President 2003-2007 and Council Commissioner 2007-2009), as Scoutmaster of Troop 140, Denton, Texas (2006-2010) and Wood Badge Course Director (WB-112) 2010.

He is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, member of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers, National Association of Parliamentarians, American Institute of Parliamentarians, Texas State Association of Parliamentarians (President 2012-2013), North Texas Registered Parliamentarians (President 2014-2016). he coaches the award winning Billy Ryan High School Parliamentary Procedure team having won 9 state Championships and 3 National Championships.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas State Fair Association and the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians.

He practices in the areas of eminent domain, construction, real estate, business, government, condemnation, and civil trial litigation. He has been selected by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Lawyer for 2003-present.



“The best! Richard has been my family's attorney for 35 years. Integrity best describes Richard Hayes. ”

— John Grafa

“He is above reproach!”

— Gary Claytor

“R. Hayes has represented me and my firm on a number of issues. He is knowledgable and follows up until there is an acceptable conclusion. I highly recommend him.”

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“I recommend Mr. Hayes for clients that want an attorney that reaches his objectives and communicates with them. He is professional, ethical and knowledgeable. He is successful in obtaining the goals that are set forth in various cases. He communicates clearly and often with his clients, keeping them well informed of the progress of their case. He is respected in the legal community, is well connected professionally and also respected as a person outside of his professional career. Richard has volunteered thousands of hours to young people in the Scouting organization as well as teaching leadership skills to High school students. He is passionate about the law and is active politically. He has received many awards for his excellence in contributing to his profession as well as local, State and National organizations. I would recommend him highly. Mr. Hayes has helped us with various legal issues for over 30 years.”

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“I so appreciate that he is involved in important community events like Scouting and being an elections monitor. He is above reproach!”

— Jane Torrie

“Richard D. Hayes is the best attorney and one of the best persons I have ever known. He is extremely professional and personal, with clients, adversaries, and third parties. He is brilliant, knowledgeable in nearly all aspects of law: an expert litigator, an experienced business lawyer, a careful draftsman, an organizer and a well-respected leader. He is ALWAYS perfectly prepared. He is purposely stern, compassionate and fair. In his personal life, Richard is a giver. He is devoted to his very large family, has always plenty of time and concern for his friends, is a constant supporter of his church, and is an indefatigable resource for his community. Richard Hayes is a credit to his family, friends, faith, community and nation.”

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“Helped me get a fair price for my land.”