1509 West 6th Street, Suite A , Austin, Texas 78703 (512) 499-8879
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James M. Richardson

Phone: (512) 499-8879
Fax: (512) 499-8886

A leading Texas trial lawyer, Jim Richardson is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is also Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in two additional trial practice areas – Civil Trial Law and Civil Practice Law. With a focus on business litigation, he handles suits for fraud, breach of contract, unfair competition and employment, professional liability, real estate, environmental, construction, probate, and trust litigation.

Richardson is President-Elect of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an organization dedicated to bettering the quality of trial advocacy in our nation's courtrooms. As the largest organization for attorney board certification in the United States, NBTA offers Board Certification in specialty areas that include Civil Trial Law, Civil Practice Law, Trucking Accident law, Family Law, Criminal Law, and Social Security Disability.

He has repeatedly been named to the state's Top 50 Central & West Texas Super Lawyers®, as published in Thompson Reuters' annual “Top List – Best of the Best®." He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation since 2012 and by Texas Best Lawyers® since the inception of the publication (Levine Leichtman Capital Partners).

Richardson is a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only national organization of distinguished trial lawyers and judges dedicated to preserving the right to a civil jury trial.

He began practicing law with Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas, later serving as managing partner for two renowned litigation boutiques in Austin, Texas. He has been a course director, moderator, and presenter at numerous professional programs on topics of trial advocacy and procedure in business litigation.

Honors and Distinctions

  • President-Elect, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Member and Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates 
  • Top 50 Super Lawyers®, Central and West Texas Region (Thomson Reuters) 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Top 10 Business Tort Trial Lawyers - Texas®, The National Trial Lawyers 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2012-2020, Commercial Litigation (Levine Leichtman Capital Partners)
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Law Firms®, 2019 (Levine Leichtman Capital Partners)
  • Texas Best Lawyers®, 2012-2020 (Levine Leichtman Capital Partners)
  • Top Rated Lawyers®, 2012-2019 (ALM/LexisNexis) AV®Preeminent™ 5.0-5
  • Editor-in-Chief, Tulsa Law Review
  • Outstanding Law Graduate, Oklahoma Bar Association

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified – Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified – Civil Practice Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified – Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President-Elect (2018-2020), National Board of Trial Advocacy; National Board of Directors (2015-2018); Civil Trial Advocate (2002-present); State Coordinator–Texas (2013-present); Executive Committee (2016-present); Advisory Committee (2009-present); Long Range Planning Committee (2015-present)
  • Member and Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates (2012-present)
  • State Bar of Texas, Rules of Evidence Committee (1996-98); Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2000-04); Panel Chair, District 9A Grievance Committee of the State (2002-03) (Member from 1997)
  • Past-Chair, Civil Litigation Section, Austin Bar Association (Immediate Past-Chair, 2016-17; Chair, 2015-16; Vice-Chair, 2013-14; Treasurer, 2012-13; Secretary 2011-12); Austin Bar Association, Board of Directors (1997-99)
  • Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys (2015-present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2015-present)
  • Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court, Robert W. Calvert Chapter (2005-present)
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (1999-present)
  • Founding Life Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation (2005-present)
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas, 1981-82

Presentations and Writings

  • Course Director/Moderator, Civil Trial Workshop, National Board of Trial Advocacy "All ​Star ​Conferences," New Orleans, Louisiana (Nov. 2018)
  • Presenter, 14th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook®, Voir Dire, Presented by the Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section (Oct. 2018)
  • Presenter, 13th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook®, Trial Advocacy Skills, Presented by the Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section (Nov. 2017)
  • Course Director/Presenter, Essential Trial Advocacy Workshop®, Winning Motions, Presented by National Board of Trial Advocacy, Hosted by Jackson Walker LLP (Oct. 2017)
  • Co-Chair/Moderator, 12th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook® 2016 (additionally co-chaired 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Annual conferences)
  • Presenter, A Second Look at Ferguson: Fines, Fees, and Costs, American Inns of Court, Austin, Texas (2017)
  • Presenter, Fifty Ways to Lose Your Law License, American Inns of Court, Austin, Texas (2016)
  • Presenter, Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (March 2015)
  • Presenter, Texas Lawyers and the Disciplinary Process (2014)
  • Presenter, Lawyers and Social Network Media Websites: Litigation and Advertising Issues, American Inns of Court, Austin, Texas (Nov. 2009)
  • Author, Advanced Courtroom Evidence Examination, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2009)
  • Presenter, Tort Reform Time Machine, American Inns of Court, Austin, Texas (Mar. 2007)
  • “Ask a Super Lawyer,” Automated Camera Defenses, Texas Monthly (Oct. 2006)
  • Presenter, Litigating Disaster Recovery Issues, American Inns of Court, Austin, Texas (Oct. 2006)
  • Author, Advanced Courtroom Evidence Examination, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2006)
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, National Business Institute, How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Texas, Austin, Texas (2002)
  • Panelist, Review of Litigation/Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Conflicts of Interest Symposium: Cutting Edge Conflicts of Interest Hypotheticals, Austin, Texas (1997)
  • Presenter, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Offering and Excluding Evidence, Houston, Texas (State Bar of Texas 1996)
  • Presenter, Austin Bar Association, Offering and Excluding Evidence in Commercial Trials, Austin, Texas (1996)
  • Presenter, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Sanctions and Alternatives to Sanctions, Houston, Texas (State Bar of Texas 1996)
  • Presenter, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Texas Rules of Evidence: Predicates and Exclusions for Selected Rules, Lake Tahoe, Nevada (1996)
  • Presenter, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Offering and Excluding Evidence, Fort Worth, Texas (State Bar of Texas 1996)
  • Presenter, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Offering and Excluding Evidence, San Antonio, Texas (State Bar of Texas 1996)
  • Panelist, Houston Board of Realtors, Dual Agency and Broker Liability, Houston, Texas (1986)
  • Nova Health Systems, Preparing for the Jury Trial, San Antonio, Texas (1986)
  • Author, Whom Do You Represent? Knowing Your Principals – Accidental Agency (co-author), 39 Texas Realtor 6 (Feb. 1986)
  • Panelist, Texas Association of Realtors, Litigation Tips for the Unwary, Austin, Texas (1985)
  • Author, Helicopteros Nacionales v. Hall: Clarifying the Limits of Personal Jurisdiction, 48 Texas Bar J. 651 (1985)

Representative Verdicts and Settlements

  • Prosecuted action against international fuel service supplier for breach of contract relating to a jet fuel contract, confidential settlement reached on the first day of trial.
  • Prosecuted claims for invasion of privacy arising from secret videotape recordings and electronic surveillance, confidential settlement reached.
  • Prosecuted action for breach of contract and conversion of fiber optic capacity in a suit for alleged pricing overcharges in the United States, confidential settlement reached.
  • Lead Plaintiffs' counsel in prosecuting action for alleged fraud and construction defects regarding sale of 350,000 square-foot building, confidential settlement reached.
  • Prosecuted claims for fraud and breach of contract regarding real estate partnership, confidential settlement reached following a five-day jury trial.
  • Prosecuted national bank for breach of contract and breach of lease, confidential settlement reached after a jury trial.
  • Prosecuted claims against a Fortune 500 petroleum company for wrongful employment termination, confidential settlement reached after a ten-day jury trial.
  • Defended executor of a multimillion dollar estate from claims of constructive fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty, case dismissed.
  • Prosecuted suit for breach of contract while defeating a $100 million legal malpractice claim, take nothing judgment entered.
  • Represented race track on alleged multimillion dollar claim pertaining to architectural services, confidential settlement reached after a ten-jury day trial.
  • Represented real estate brokerage group in a U.S. Superfund action, confidential settlement reached on first day of trial.
  • Represented executor in a probate action alleging breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, judgment for the executor.
  • Represented a corporate officer in a suit alleging theft of trade secrets, confidential settlement reached.

Educational Background

  • University of California at Los Angeles (1977) – B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Political Science
  • University of Tulsa College of Law (1981) – Juris Doctor, Highest Honors

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