Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers PLLC

Richard Cipolla

Richard J. Cipolla, Jr. advises clients in a wide range of areas related to real estate, including commercial leasing, acquisitions, and dispositions, as well as branch banking and bank regulatory law (particularly as it pertains to real estate owned, purchased, sold, or leased by financial institutions).


Mr. Cipolla represents several prominent and active commercial real estate owners, purchasers, landlords, and tenants throughout the country, with a focus on the Southwest and Midwest. Mr. Cipolla gained extensive experience representing clients in commercial civil litigation during the first ten years of his career, and has subsequently enjoyed leveraging that experience in his representation of transactional clients in order to help them avoid litigation. Mr. Cipolla’s experience has enhanced his understanding of the importance of providing value to his clients’ transactions while offering creative and efficient entrepreneurial counsel. As such, clients come to Mr. Cipolla for both legal and practical business advice. Mr. Cipolla appreciates the delicate balance needed to protect a client’s legal and business interests without over-lawyering a deal or document. Mr. Cipolla takes immense pride in responding immediately to clients’ needs, as well as turning documents quickly and pushing transactions efficiently through completion.

Mr. Cipolla has practiced law since 1989, and is one of the original four attorneys at Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers PLLC. Before joining Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers in 1994, he was employed as an associate at Holliman, Langholz, Runnels & Dorwart from 1989 to 1994. In 1989, Mr. Cipolla received a J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. While attending KU, he served as a staff member on the University of Kansas Criminal Procedure Review, and published a case note on constitutional law in the 1988 Criminal Procedure edition of the University of Kansas Law Review. He was also a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. Mr. Cipolla graduated from the Honors Program at the University of Tulsa, where he played varsity football, in 1985, with a B.S. degree in political science. In 1992, he published an extensive article on trade secret law in the University of Tulsa Law Journal. In 2023, Mr. Cipolla retired from a decade of open water swimming, during which he swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco across the San Francisco Bay numerous times, won his age category in a race from the Statue of Liberty across New York Harbor, swam from Sicily to Italy across the Strait of Messina, and successfully swam from England to France across the English Channel with three British teammates as part of a four swimmer relay team.


University of Tulsa, B.S., Political Science, 1985;  With Honors



University of Kansas, J.D.

Oklahoma, 1989

“A Practitioner’s Guide to Oklahoma Trade Secrets Law, Past, Present, and Future: The Uniform Trade Secrets Act,27 Tulsa L.J. 137 (1991).

Note: “Discovery Sanctions and the Compulsory Process Clause: Taylor v. Illinois,” published in The University of Kansas Law Review (Criminal Procedure Edition, Spring, 1989).

Chantel Wilson