Dick Weekley is a native Houstonian, businessman and philanthropist. He founded Weekley Properties,
a commercial real estate brokerage firm, in Houston in 1973. Along with his brother, David, he co-
founded David Weekley Homes in 1976, the largest privately-owned homebuilding company in the
country with 2017 revenues of $2 billion. Dick and David Weekley also founded Weekley Development
Co., which develops and operates shopping centers and other real estate investments in Houston.
Dick co-founded Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) in 1994, a statewide tort reform advocacy organization
dedicated to bringing fairness and balance back to Texas' civil justice system. In that time, TLR has
helped pass the most comprehensive lawsuit reforms in the country. He is also co-founder and president
of the Quality of Life Coalition of Houston, co-founder of two education reform organizations and
Houstonians for Responsible Growth, as well as several other non-profit organizations.
Dick attended Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in
economics, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving
a tour of duty in Vietnam and then with the Flag Staff of the Commander of Amphibious Forces, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet. Dick is married to Margaret Neuhaus Weekley, and is the father of three children and a
grandfather of four.
Dick Weekley is the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipient from the SMU Alumni Board
The Distinguished Alumni Awards recipient Richard W. Weekley '67 presentation. The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony recognizes extraordinary achievement, outstanding character and good citizenship in an event hosted by President R. Gerald Turner and the SMU Alumni Board. Held on the historic Main Quadrangle in front of Dallas Hall on the SMU campus on November 3, 2016.
TBLC Honors Dick Weekley
On April 17, 2014, the Texas Business Leadership Council awarded TLR CEO Dick Weekley the Public Policy Leadership Award for his outstanding contributions to Texas.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack said naming the center for the Weekleys was a fitting tribute to their contributions to the Greater Houston area.
"This is a family that is instrumental in doing great things in the Houston-Harris County area," Radack said. "This is a unique family who is always willing to step up and help in many different causes."
Weekley, who serves on the board of directors for the Greater Houston Partnership, founded Weekley Properties in the early 1970s and has been active in other areas of the city and county, such as Hermann Park, the DePelchin Children's Center, Park People and Trees for Houston.
Dick Weekley, at Thursday’s William J. O’Neil Lecture, SMU alum shared
with students how media affects business. Weekley is the brains behind
commercial real estate brokerage firm Weekley Properties and co-founder
of privately owned, single-family home building company Weekley Homes,
which operates out of Houston.
But it was a project closer to his heart that Weekley spoke about at the
Dick Weekley looked anguished on the eve of his most important political
moment. Within 24 hours, the Texas House would consider four of the 11 tort
reform proposals the Houston businessman had been promoting, day in and day
out, for five months.
A look of concern, perhaps a tinge of panic, swept his angular face. The
developer had been pulled away from his late, late dinner, learning that a
high-level tort reform meeting was occurring with House leaders. He was not
included; trial lawyers were there. What did that mean?
Texans for Lawsuit Reform Announces PAC Director Departure, Houston Chronicle, April 26, 2006
Richard W. Weekley, Chairman and CEO of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, said, "Matt has been a key to TLR's success. He is conscientious, principled and exceptionally capable. All of us value Matt's contribution to our organization -- he is a person you can count on, no matter how tough the going or how strenuous the effort. We are thankful that Matt has been with us as PAC Director and we look forward to his contributions to the Texas civil justice system as a consultant to Texans for Lawsuit Reform."
The Dallas Morning News, Reformers Still Can Make a Difference
“Dick Weekley looked anguished on the eve of his most important political moment. Within 24 hours, the Texas House would consider four of the 11 tort reform proposals the Houston businessman had been promoting, day in and day out, for five months.”
Townhall.com, Businessman turned Mayor Hailed in Houston, November 5, 2005
"For a leader not to utilize the private sector when the city has a wealth of talented, concerned citizens with the means and experience to help the city and will donate their services _ especially when speed is an issue _ wouldn't be prudent," said developer Dick Weekley, who has helped with beautification projects.
Texans for Texas, Texas Asbestos & Silica Reform Becomes Law, May 24, 2005
“Texas has again crafted and enacted model legislation that can serve as an example to others states and the United States Congress. We have demonstrated that one of the worst abuses of the civil justice system can be solved with compassion, fairness and common sense,” said TLR Chairman Dick Weekley.
The Advocate, A Decade of Political Action, April 2004
“Both Trabulsi and Linbeck credited Dick Weekley with being the catalyst for creation of TLR. “He brought so much energy, determination and optimism to the cause, that he attracted people all over the state who had become disgusted with the rampant lawsuit abuse that had corrupted our legal system”, said Trabulsi. “I had been involved in public policy and politics all of my life,” Trabulsi continued, “and I saw that Dick Weekley was going to provide the kind of total-immersion leadership that is necessary to achieve signifi cant reform. That’s what caused me to devote so much of my time and energy to TLR.” Linbeck noted that Dick Weekley’s enthusiasm and idealism was contagious, and that even some of Austin’s toughest political leaders admired Dick Weekley’s civic-mindedness.”
The Advocate, Our Right to Arbitration is Under Nationwide Attack, Fall 2002
“This November, it is critically important that every TLR supporter turn out to vote on every race, particularly the Supreme Court positions. We are pleased to have a candidate like Judge Margaret Mirabal to become a justice on our highest civil court in Texas,” said Dick Weekley, TLR Chairman and CEO.
The Houston Chronicle, 'Green Tie Affair', April 24, 2002
“Chairs Ray and Peggy Bailey, left, join Meg Weekley and honoree Dick Weekley on the terrace during the dinner reception. Dick Weekley received the Park People's highest tribute, the George R. Brown Memorial Award, for his leadership role in the Quality of Life Coalition.”
Houston Business Journal, Home builder Weekley buys tract for headquarters building, April 18,1997
Dick Weekley, who heads up Weekley Properties, confirms that his company and that of his brother, David Weekley Homes, will relocate to the new building within the next 18 months. Officials at David Weekley Homes did not return telephone calls by press time. "We'll be moving too," Dick Weekley says of his company. "But this is mainly about a move for David Weekley Homes. They'll be occupying about 95 percent of the building, and we'll be taking up the rest."
The Advocate, Celebrating a victory, preparing for next battle, November 1995
TLR President Dick Weekley acknowledged the other groups which, with TLR, made up the reform-support team. "TLR created the framework for Texans to communicate with their legislators. Our legislators listened, then stood up and voted the wishes of their constituents," Weekley said. "And for that, we are extremely grateful."