Richard is a retired attorney whose practice emphasized water law and environmental law, especially as the same are relevant to irrigation districts and municipalities.  He was a director of the American Agricultural Law Association, and has a lengthy record of teaching in continuing legal education programs.  He has been honored by having his biography published in Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.   


Most of Richard’s professional life has focused on the settlement of Native American water rights claims, and the implementation of the same.  He worked on the successful settlement of claims asserted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Ft. McDowell Indian Community, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and the Gila River Indian Community.


Firm Affiliations:  

          Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, P.L.C. Phoenix, AZ; February 2000 - present

          Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. Phoenix, AZ; 1994 - 2000

          Ryley, Carlock, & Applewhite, P.A. Phoenix, AZ; 1983 - 1994

          Jones, Teilborg, Sanders, Haga & Parks; Phoenix, AZ; 1979 - 1983

Community Service & Involvement 

Maricopa County Pollution Control

     Vice-President and Member of the Board

American Bar Association
     Member, Section on Environmental Law  

     and Natural Resources; Special                            Committee on Management Practices


Arizona Department of Water Resources,  

     Phoenix Active Management Area
     Safe Yield Task Force Subcommittee


American Agricultural Law Association
     Board of Directors 

     Annual Symposium Faculty

Presentations and Publications

Valuing Water Infrastructure, a presentation to the annual symposium of the AZ Water Association, May, 2015


Fundamentals of Water Law In Arizona: Protecting Water Rights, Use and Quality.  A seminar presentation sponsored by the National Business Institute in October 2003 and 2002.


Culture and Global Water Crisis. Faculty (Panel Member) on program sponsored by the Jesuit Alumni in Arizona, Phoenix, November, 2008.


Recent Developments in Arizona Water Law, National Business Institute, April 2001.


Negotiating Conflicts Over Indian and Other Federal Reserved Water Rights, a presentation given at the Annual Symposium of the American Agricultural Law Association, October 2001.


The Evolution of Environmental Ethics,University of Denver Water Law Review, Volume 2/Issue 1/Fall 1998.


Environmental Ethics. A presentation to the Arizona Water Law Seminar, August, 1998, sponsored by Continuing Legal Education International, Inc.


Fundamentals of Water Law in Arizona: Protecting Water Rights, Use, and Quality. A seminar presentation sponsored by the National Business Institute, November, 1997.