R. A. BeMent was born in Houston, and raised in Fairchilds, Texas. His boyhood home, surrounded by cotton fields, was just down the road from the local cotton gin and dance hall (Fairchilds Dance Hall, featured in 1987's A Tiger's Tale)
R.A. BeMent attended school in Fort Bend County. After completing his sophomore year of High School in Needville, Mr. BeMent moved overseas for his junior and senior year at The American School of the Hague, Wassenaar, Netherlands.He returned to Texas to attend Baylor University with a greater appreciation for his good fortune to have been born in the Great State of Texas.
Mr. BeMent joined the social fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon (motto: "Not for wealth, rank, or honor, but for personal worth and character."), and was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, an honors society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. Mr. BeMent graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Business Administration. He started as a sales representative for a shipping company in Houston, calling on small to medium sized businesses around the Houston area. Mr. BeMent quickly became the top producer in the office, and was promoted to Sales Manager for the Greater Houston Area after eight months with the company, the first to move up in an initial sales class of 43 people from around the country. Under Mr. BeMent's leadership, the Greater Houston sales office became the fastest growing sales operation in Texas, 4th fastest growing out of over 150 company locations nationwide, and added year over year sales growth in excess of one million dollars during his second full year. Mr. BeMent resigned from his position to attend law school, and his former employer became his first commercial client after he was licensed to practice law.
While attending South Texas College of Law, in downtown Houston, Mr. BeMent ignored the suggested cap limiting clerkship responsibilities to 20 hours per week while enrolled full time. During his time as a student, he clerked for an insurance defense firm and an insurance defense/commercial litigation firm, received the top grade in the class of a mock trial course, was invited to join Phi Delta Phi, a legal honor society, and graduated in the top third of his class . Mr. BeMent spent the last year and a half of law school, as well as while awaiting bar exam results, clerking for a State Civil District Court Judge. He passed the Texas Bar Exam the first time around, started The BeMent Law Firm directly out of law school, and successfully tried his first jury trial less than six months after receiving his law license. Mr. BeMent is licensed to practice law in U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of Texas, and all Texas trial courts.
In 2013, Mr. BeMent and his family purchased a home in Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, and he now primarily practices in Fort Bend County and surrounding counties, including Harris County, Wharton County, and Brazoria County. Mr. BeMent has also tried cases in Galveston County, Matagorda County, Austin County, Montgomery County, and Brazos County, as well as appeared in or resolved legal disputes in many others.
Mr. BeMent met and began dating his wife, Abby, at Baylor University, and they have a 7 year old son nicknamed "Bo". He and his wife enjoy spending time with family, gardening and participating in cub scouts and sports with their son. Mr. BeMent won the May 4, 2019 election for City of Richmond Commissioner, Place 4, and is honored to serve the community in that role.
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