James M. Richardson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Richardson + Burgess LLP
 | 221 West 6th Street, Suite 900
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-499-8879
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (20%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

One of Texas' leading trial lawyers, Jim Richardson provides aggressive legal representation in complex civil litigation. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation since 2012 and was named one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in the Central and West Texas Region in 2013, 2014, and 2016, as researched by Thomson Reuters and featured in Texas Monthly.

Jim holds three Board Certifications, two by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in both Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice, and a third by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law.

A Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Jim is President of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Austin Texas Chapter. He recently chaired the Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section and has been a Master in the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court since 2005. He is peer-rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0-5 by Martindale-Hubbell, in addition to being named a Top Rated Lawyer by ALM/LexisNexis® and Texas Best Lawyers®.

He has served as lead counsel in numerous complex cases. Jim has represented one of the nation's largest fiber optic suppliers, a leading global adhesives manufacturer, a national law firm, an international real estate development company, an international firearm manufacturer, and a host of small businesses and individuals in significant and complex cases.

His practice focuses on:

·         Business litigation

·         Construction Litigation

·         Real Estate Litigation

·         Estate, Trust, and Probate Litigation

·         Construction Litigation

 

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (20%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Construction Litigation (20%): Construction Defects

Estate & Trust Litigation (20%): Will Contests

General Litigation (20%): Litigation, Restraining Order

Civil Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Construction Litigation: Construction Defects

Estate & Trust Litigation: Will Contests

General Litigation: Litigation, Restraining Order

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2011 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About James Richardson

Admitted: 1981, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://richardsonburgess.com/our-people/james-m-richardson/

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, National Board of Directors (2015-present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Top 50 Super Lawyers, Central and West Texas Region (Thomson Reuters) 2013, 2014, 2016 (Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso, Texas)
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 – General Ethical Standards/Legal Ability
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyers (ALM/LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (Thomson Reuters) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Texas Best Lawyers® (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Outstanding Law Graduate, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas (1981-present)
  • Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court, Robert W. Calvert Chapter (2005-present)
  • Appointed, Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Texas, 1982
  • Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section (Immediate Past Chair, 2016-present; Chair, 2015-16; Vice-Chair, 2013-14; Treasurer, 2012-13; Secretary 2011-12)
  • Chair, Continuing Legal Education (1994-96)
  • Board of Directors, Austin Bar Association (1997-99)
  • Panel Chair, District 9A Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas (2002-03) (Member from 1997)
  • Member, Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the State Bar of Texas (2000-04)
  • Member, Rules of Evidence Committee of the State Bar of Texas (1996-98)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2015-present)
  • Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys (2015-present)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • President, Austin Chapter, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2015-present); Member, National Board of Directors (2015-present); Civil Trial Advocate (2002-present); State Coordinator–Texas (2013-present); Executive Committee (2016-present); Advisory Committee (2009-present); Long Range Planning Committee (2015-present)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founding Life Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation (2005-present)
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (1999-present)
  • Fellow, Foundation of American Board of Trial Advocates

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Helicopteros Nacionales v. Hall: Clarifying the Limits of Personal Jurisdiction, 48 Texas Bar J. 651 (1985)
  • Panelist, Texas Association of Realtors, Litigation Tips for the Unwary, Austin, Texas (1985)
  • Author, Whom Do You Represent? Knowing Your Principals – Accidental Agency (co-author), 39 Texas Realtor 6 (Feb. 1986)
  • Nova Health Systems, Preparing for the Jury Trial, San Antonio, Texas (1986)
  • Panelist, Houston Board of Realtors, Dual Agency and Broker Liability, Houston, Texas (1986)
  • Presenter, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Offering and Excluding Evidence, San Antonio, Texas (State Bar of Texas 1996)
  • Presenter, Advanced Civil Trial Course, Offering and Excluding Evidence, Fort Worth, 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, Sanctions and Alternatives to Sanctions, 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, Offering and Excluding Evidence, Houston, Texas (State Bar of Texas 1996)
  • Panelist, Review of Litigation/Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Conflicts of Interest Symposium: Cutting Edge Conflicts of Interest Hypotheticals, Austin, Texas (1997)
  • Co-Chair, National Business Institute, How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Texas, Austin, Texas (2002)
  • Author, Advanced Courtroom Evidence Examination, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2006)
  • Presenter, Litigating Disaster Recovery Issues, American Inns of Court, Austin, Texas (Oct. 2006)
  • "Ask a Super Lawyer," Automated Camera Defenses, Texas Monthly (Oct. 2006)
  • Presenter, Tort Reform Time Machine, American Inns of Court, Austin, Texas (Mar. 2007)
  • Author, Advanced Courtroom Evidence Examination, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2009)
  • Presenter, Lawyers and Social Network Media Websites: Litigation and Advertising Issues, American Inns of Court, Austin, Texas (Nov. 2009)
  • Presenter, Texas Lawyers and the Disciplinary Process, 2014
  • Presenter, Model State Emergency Health Powers Act (March 2015)
  • Co-Chair/Moderator, 12th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook 2016 (Co-Chair/Moderator in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Tulsa Law Review 1981

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Represented an international company in a suit for alleged breach of warranty by one of Austin’s largest condominium projects, confidential settlement reached.
  • Successfully prosecuted a suit for breach of contract while defeating a $100 million legal malpractice claim, take nothing judgment entered
  • Represented an international fuel service supplier in an action for breach of lease relating to a jet fuel contract, confidential settlement reached on the first day of trial.
  • Successfully represented the executor of a multi-million dollar estate from claim of constructive fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, case dismissed.
  • Prevailed in defeating a $250 million claim for alleged lost sales to Intel of an application specific integrated circuit, case dismissed.
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiff in a suit against a Fortune 500 petroleum refinery for wrongful termination, confidential settlement reached after a ten-day jury trial.
  • Prevailed on the plaintiffs' behalf against a national bank for breach of lease in a downtown office building, confidential settlement reached after a five-day jury trial.
  • Represented a plaintiff group in opposing a condemnation of real properties for use by a major Texas toll road project, confidential settlement reached.
  • Represented the plaintiffs on claims for fraud and breach of duty on real estate development project, confidential settlement reached following a five-day jury trial
  • Prosecuted action for common law conversion of fiber optic capacity in a suit for alleged pricing overcharges in the United States, confidential settlement reached.
  • Represented the plaintiff in privacy claims related to installation of computer spyware, confidential settlement reached.
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiffs in an action involving construction defects and alleged real estate fraud relating to sale of a 350,000 square foot building, confidential settlement reached.
  • Represented the plaintiff in invasion of privacy claims stemming from secret videotape recordings, confidential settlement reached.
  • Represented a brokerage group in a federal Superfund action under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, confidential settlement reached on first day of trial.
  • Successfully represented a Fortune 100 company in a jury trial involving allegedly contaminated soft drinks, judgment entered for the client.
  • Represented a race track relating to an alleged multi-million dollar claim for architectural services, confidential settlement reached after a ten-jury day trial.
  • Represented the plaintiff in invasion of privacy claims stemming from secret videotape recordings, confidential settlement reached.

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Political Science, 1977

Industry Groups

  • AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES
  • National Board Of Trial Advocacy
  • Office Location for James M. Richardson

    221 West 6th Street
    Suite 900
    Austin, TX 78701

    Phone: 512-499-8879

     

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