A Tribute to Richard Moore

July 13, 2020 | Attorney News

Richard B. Moore
Richard B. Moore

With deep sadness we learned on July 12, 2020 that we lost our close friend and partner, Richard B. Moore.

Richard came to San Antonio from North Dakota as a child. He graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1956. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army and thereafter obtained his law degree from the University of Texas Law School in May of 1960.

“Basically, my dad told me that when I came home after my Army service that I should either get a job or continue my education, so I chose law school at UT,” Richard told the San Antonio Business Journal in 2015.

Richard joined the San Antonio firm that became Gresham, Davis, Gregory, Worthy and Moore, ultimately becoming a Jackson Walker partner upon the firm’s merger into JW in April 2001.

An extraordinarily accomplished attorney, Richard focused on real estate in general, and commercial real estate in particular.

“Dick had few peers, and his devotion to serving the interest of his clients was evident to all who knew him,” said Julia W. Mann, San Antonio Managing Partner. “He was a devoted mentor to the young attorneys in the Firm, many of whom now have become accomplished lawyers themselves.”

Richard was certified in Commercial Real Estate Law and in Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization – the latter certification earned when he was 75 years old.

“Needless to say, this was an interesting experience for a 75-year-old,” Richard said in 2015. “The Board personnel told me at the test that I was the oldest applicant they had experienced.”

In 2015, Richard was honored as an Outstanding Lawyer by the San Antonio Business Journal, which noted his extensive service to the community through a number of civic organizations, including the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, YMCA of San Antonio, and the Children’s Shelter.

Richard developed many friends, colleagues, and clients throughout his career, all of whom mourn his loss.  While his law practice was surely his passion, it was rivaled by his love of the outdoors – hunting, fishing, and sharing these experiences with friends and family.

“Many of the children of his clients and colleagues still fondly remember how much he loved to take them hunting or fishing at Blue Wing,” said San Antonio partner Peter E. Hosey. “Dick loved sharing a fine meal and excellent Spanish red with the day’s bounty.”

Richard leaves behind his wife, Patty Lou Moore, his sons, Richard B. Moore, Jr., M.D. and Edward Moore, M.D., and his daughter, Jettie Moore Powers.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Caitlyn, Lily, and Thomas Moore, and Jack and Grace Powers.

“We all miss Dick more than we can express,” said San Antonio partner Marshall B. Miller. “Life without Richard B. Moore will never be the same.”