Managing General Counsel


Richard “Rick” Ressler is RWR Legal’s Managing General Counsel and has over 30 years of varied and extensive legal experience. Mr. Ressler’s practice includes corporate and tax law, mergers and acquisitions, securities and financing, contract law, real estate, intellectual property over­sight and licensing, and labor and employment issues, including stock and benefit plans. Mr. Ressler is an indispensable strategist and consultant as he guides clients to use law as a powerful and complex decision making tool.

Richard Ressler offers clients a unique perspective because he has served both large and small companies, publicly traded and private, simultaneously as an attorney and corporate officer. This includes time working for a technology incubator. Mr. Ressler strongly feels that legal advice in a vacuum is not enough. Rather, his strategy and advice takes into consideration and directly facilitates clients’ long-term business goals.

Mr. Ressler has worked on over 100 public offerings and private placements, representing underwriters, issuing companies, and both large and small investors. He also has extensive experience in venture capital and other start-up investments, bank and other loan financ­ings, structured financing, sophisticated leasing arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions. He has guided joint venture and financing transactions involving entities in Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and England, as well as financings for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Prior to joining RWR Legal, Richard Ressler served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel to Centex Corporation in Dallas, Texas. He also served a concurrent role as General Counsel to Centex Title and Ancillary Services, a Centex subsidiary. Previously he served as Assistant General Counsel to Union Pacific and Vice President and General Counsel to FENIX, a Union Pacific Corporation subsidiary. For nine years Mr. Ressler also worked in private practice for the prestigious law firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Mr. Ressler received his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Princ­eton University. He is admitted to practice law in Texas, New York and Pennsylvania (inactive in Pennsylvania). Mr. Richard Ressler is AV-rated, the highest rating given for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts
  • Harvard Law School, Juris Doctorate

  • Corporate Law
  • Contracts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities & Financing
  • Real Estate
  • Intellectual Property Oversight
  • Licensing
  • Regulatory
  • Estate Planning
  • Labor and Employment
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Business Law
    • Corporate Counsel
    • General Counsel
    • Real Estate, Probate, & Trusts
    • Taxation
  • Austin Bar Association
    • Business, Corporation & Taxation
    • Real Estate
  • State Bar of New York
  • Central Texas Angel Network