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David Richards - Biography

David F. Richards



David F. Richards received his B. S. in Business Administration in 1970 from Kansas State University.  In 1972, he earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School Law.  He became licensed in the State of Kansas in 1972 and the State of New Mexico in 1973.


Mr. Richards served as an active duty Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force from 1972 to 1976.  Thereafter, he continued to serve in the Air Force Reserves until his retirement in 1997 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  He was a partner in Rowley, Hammond & Richards Law Firm from 1976 through 1981.  In 1981, Mr. Richards became a partner in Garrett & Richards Law Firm.  In 1990, Mr. Richards became a shareholder in Van Soelen, Greig & Richards, P.A., the predecessor of the current Greig & Richards, P.A..


Mr. Richards has been counsel for the City of Clovis since 1984.  He has also represented the Clovis Municipal School District since 1990, and the Clovis Community College since 1997.  Mr. Richards was designated by the State Bar of New Mexico in 2005 as one of the initial attorneys in the State of New Mexico with the certification as a “Local Government” specialist.  Mr. Richards also has vast experience in commercial law, banking and real estate.  His efforts have been primarily creditor representation; including, real estate foreclosure.  He has also represented clients in land use and employment law matters.


In addition to his law practice, Mr. Richards has also been active in numerous community organizations.  He has served as a director of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization.  He has been a long term member of the Curry/Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce, serving in several capacities.  Mr. Richards has been an active member of a local organization known as the Committee of Fifty that coordinates community support for Cannon Air Force Base.  In addition to serving many years on the Executive Committee, he was Chairman in 2001 and 2007.  Mr. Richards has also been a member of the Clovis Noonday Kiwanis.


Mr. Richards is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, the United States Court of Military Appeals and all State and Federal Courts in New Mexico and Kansas.  He is currently a member of the following professional organizations:


·                    State Bar of New Mexico

·                    Kansas Bar Association

·                    Curry/Roosevelt County Bar Association (President 1980)

·                    American Bar Association

·                    New Mexico Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission

·                    New Mexico Municipal Attorney’s Association


David F. Richards


Reported (Published) Appellate Opinions


Bonem v. Haynes, 114 N.M. 627, 845 P.2d150, (1992),


Rowley v. Murray, 106 N.M.676, 748 P.2d 973, (Ct. App. 1987)


Schuermann v. Schuermann,  94 N.M. 81, 607 P.2d 619, (1980)


Hopkins v. Hopkins,  109 N.M. 233, 784 P.2d 420, (Ct. App. 1989)


Blanchard Ex rel. N.M. v. Clovis, 106 N.M. 769, 750 P.2d 469, (Ct. App. 1988)


Town and Country Food Stores v. Hughes,  118 N.M. 545, 883 P.2d 131, (1994)


Irwin v. Irwin, 121 N.M. 266, 910 P.2d 342, (Ct. App. 1995)


Naumburg v. Pattison, 103 N.M. 649, 711 P.2d 1387, (1985)


Matter of Adoption of Doe, 99 N.M. 278, 657 P.2d 134, (Ct. App. 1982)


Turner v. N.M. State Highway Department, 98 N.M. 256, 648 P.2d 8, (Ct. App.1982)


Duke v. Grady Schools, 127F.3d 972 (1997)



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