Richard is a proud "Double Buff" having attended CU Boulder for both his undergraduate and law degrees. Richard, a Millennial, is the product of public schools from childhood to grad school and understands the importance of high quality, affordable, and accessible public education. Richard will fight for world-class higher education to be financially accessible and to invest in Colorado's future - its students.
While attending CU Boulder, Richard served as Student Body President, also known as a Tri-Executive, for the entire campus, overseeing the nation's largest student government. He worked closely with the CU Administration on key issues -- including diversity, rising costs of tuition, campus safety, and budgetary matters -- serving on the Chancellor's Executive Committee, Boulder Campus Planning Commission, the Recreation Center Board, and the student union's Finance Board.
After graduating with bachelor of arts degrees in political science and philosophy with a minor in business administration, Richard attended CU Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the environmental law journal. While in law school, Richard served as Chair of the City of Boulder's University Hill General Improvement District Advisory Board, focusing on campus-city-student-resident-business relations.
He has maintained strong ties to CU since graduating and was the 2019-2020 Chair of the CU Law Alumni Board, and chaired the Law School's 2019 Alumni Awards Banquet. As Chair of the CU Law School's Alumni Board, Richard worked with the administration on efforts to recruit and retain students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and communities, on job placement efforts for graduating students, and on scholarships to offset the cost of obtaining a degree. He has also presented on professionalism to new CU students and coached national moot court teams.
Following law school, Richard clerked for Justice Nathan Coats on the Colorado Supreme Court. He has been in private practice since completion of his judicial clerkship and is currently a shareholder at a national law firm in Denver, focusing on business and health care litigation. He has been awarded a peer review rating of AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible attorney rating for legal skills and ethical standards; a distinction held by only 10% of all attorneys. Richard's work history also includes internships with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, the Colorado House of Representatives, the Denver City Attorney's Office, and the Colorado Court of Appeals.
In recognition of his ability to work in a bipartisan fashion to achieve results, Richard has been appointed/reappointed by Republican and Democratic Presidents of the Colorado Senate to the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, which develops, coordinates and implements policy initiatives to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for persons who encounter barriers in gaining access to Colorado's civil justice system. Richard currently serves as the Secretary of the bipartisan Commission, one of three elected officer positions.
Richard has been recognized by ColoradoBiz Magazine as one of Colorado's Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals (Gen XYZ Award). He was honored by the Denver Bar Association as the 2018 Young Lawyer of the Year and has been named a Rising Star in Colorado Super Lawyers nine times. Richard was recently named as one of the Best Lawyers in America©. He is a graduate of the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce EXECs Advocacy Program, the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and the Emerging Leaders Build Program of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. Richard is also a proud Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. Richard also served for a number of years as a Trustee of Historic Denver, Inc., working on historic preservation efforts.
Richard's community involvement also includes having served as the President of Continuing Legal Education in Colorado, Inc., also known as Colorado Bar Association CLE, a multi-million dollar educational nonprofit. He has served as First Vice President and as Second Vice President of the Denver Bar Association, and on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Bar Association. He is a Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation (ABF) and the Colorado Bar Foundation. ABF Fellows are elected based on outstanding leadership in the profession and service to society, with membership limited to 1% of lawyers licensed to practice in the U.S. and its territories.
Richard and his wife, Elizabeth (CU Boulder, Psychology, '07), live in Highlands Ranch and are the proud parents of a son and daughter. In their free time, you can find them cheering on the Buffs at Folsom Field and the CU Events Center.
The Murrays at a CU v. USC basketball game in Boulder.
"Painting the Horn" with the family before the 2019 CU v. Arizona football game.
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