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Richard F. Bergner

Richard F. Bergner
Richard F. Bergner

Practice Areas

Complex Estate and Guardianship Litigation

Oil and Gas

Business Formation and Litigation

Commercial and Residential Real Estate

SEC and NASD Investigations


University of Texas (1958)
University of Texas (1955)

Richard F. Bergner joined Ford + Bergner in 2012, bringing with him extensive experience in a variety of practice areas including oil and gas, business formations and litigation, and commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation.  Mr. Bergner assists the firm's clients in the context of complex estate, trust and guardianship litigation matters. He has a diversified business practice in respect of which he has represented individuals and various entities in a wide range of commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as oil and gas matters, in the United States and Central and South America. 

Mr. Bergner began his legal career as an Associate with Andrews, Kurth, Campbell & Bradley after receiving his LLB from the University of Texas in 1958, where he received numerous recognitions, including Moot Court Finalist, arguing before the Texas Supreme Court on Law Day.  Mr. Bergner attended University of Texas for his undergraduate studies, graduating with Honors in 1955. Prior to that, Mr. Bergner was in the United States Marine Corps, having served in Korea.

In addition to the practice of Law, Mr. Bergner has served as an Independent Director of Equus Total Return, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange Business Development Corporation since 2005.  Since that time, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors during a dissident shareholder proxy fight.  He is currently serving as Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. 


Our Houston office conveniently serves our clients in Harris, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, and Fort Bend counties, while our Dallas office serves clients in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties.

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