Richard Alpert is back — with a new website and an expanded mission.

By Benson Varghese

Last Updated: May 26th, 2020
Published on: January 20th, 2017


In November, after serving as a prosecutor for more than 30 years, Richard Alpert officially retired from the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.

But he didn’t stay still for long.

Known as one of the nation’s foremost DWI experts, Richard is now using — or rather, sharing — his vast skills in a different, larger arena. He is working (and is available for hire) as a lecturer, instructor and legal consultant with a focus on alcohol and drug-related crashes and trial advocacy training for prosecutors and law enforcement agents across the state. He is also available for consultation in civil cases against drunk drivers.

He recently rolled out his website,, which is sure to become an invaluable resource for judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and members of the media. Among other things, it links to the most recent version of his DWI Case Law Update, which has become a go-to guide for attorneys who handle intoxication-related cases.

Never one to cool his heels, Richard is already on the move with a growing list of speaking engagements and training seminars. Among other things, Richard will be regularly working with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association to help provide training and resources on DWI and alcohol-related issues.

It’s a perfect fit. Anyone who taps into Richard is tapping into a goldmine of information. Richard has tried more than 155 cases, including “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch; windshield murder defendant Chante Mallard; and six defendants who caused the deaths of officers in the line of duty. Richard is also credited with training just about every young prosecutor who ever stepped foot in the Tarrant County courthouse over the last three decades — and a vast number of young prosecutors across the entire state. Oh, and he wrote the book on DWI — literally.

On his website, several well-known professionals and public officials offer comments about Richard. Judge Darryl Coffey called him “brilliant.” Crash Dynamics Owner Tim Lovett said he was a “true master.” Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn described him as “top shelf.”

“In my 35-year career, I have never met a more passionate, bold and more knowledgeable person on DWI as Richard Alpert,” Waybourn said on the website.

The attorneys and staff at Varghese Summersett whole-heartedly agree with all of those sentiments.

“Richard Alpert has not only been a guide throughout my career as a trial attorney, he has also been a mentor,” said Managing Partner Benson Varghese. “His dedication to training prosecutors and law enforcement agents is simply unparalleled. I am fortunate to have learned my way around a courtroom under his supervision. I am excited to know that law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and attorneys representing victims of intoxication-related charges from across the state will now have access to the wealth of knowledge he possesses.”

To contact Richard Alpert, visit his new website:

Richard Alpert is back — with a new website and an expanded mission.
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