Richard A. Groenendyke, Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Cheryl. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree, from the University of Alabama, a Juris Doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, and a Masters of Arts from St. John's Graduate Institute.
Groenendyke served in the U.S. Army as an officer in the Judge Advocates General's Corps, and was on active duty from 1970-72. After leaving the Army, he practiced law with several firms including Shannon, Odom, Robertson & Jackson; Odom, Robertson; Groenendyke & Thompson; Groenendyke & Salter; and Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson. In 1985, Richard was named One of America's Best 100 Trial Lawyers by Town and Country Magazine.
Groenendyke currently serves on the President's Counsel of the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe and the Board of Visitors and Governors, St. John's College in Annapolis and Santa Fe.