J. Hamilton Rial, III

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Johnson, Rial & Parker
 | 3660 Stoneridge, Bldg B--102
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-322-8118
Fax: 512-322-8143
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%)
Attorney Profile

When J. Hamilton Rial, III, became a member of Johnson, Rial & Parker, P.C., the law firm gained an attorney with tremendous and varied skills in business and corporate law. Mr. Rial has proudly served the people of Texas for 30 years, primarily in the area of business litigation. Some of the many areas of practice in which Mr. Rial represents the citizens and business owners of Austin and beyond include the following:

·        Commercial transactions

·        Aviation law

·        Alternative dispute resolution

·        Construction and real estate law

In 1986, Mr. Rial graduated from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and was admitted to practice law by the State Bar of Texas. He can also legally practice law before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Mr. Rial serves his vocation well by participating in numerous professional associations and accepting leadership roles to the benefit of those affiliations. He has earned an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Although he has years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies facing complex lawsuits, Mr. Rial also spends considerable time assisting small and growing businesses in their everyday transactions. In fact, one area of his practice that he most enjoys is working with businesses from their naissance by providing outside general counsel throughout the many stages of growth, struggle and success.

From helping entrepreneurs decide which entity will best suit their business goals to representing them during contract disputes, employment issues or matters of compliance, Mr. Rial devotes himself to providing exceptional advocacy and support. His goal when working with a client is to establish a solid relationship that will last the lifetime of the business.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Aviation and Aerospace (30%): Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Business/Corporate (20%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2016

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About Hamilton Rial, III

Admitted: 1986, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://johnson-rial-parker.com/attorneys/j-hamilton-rial/


  • Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Notes and Comments Editor, SMU Law Review, 1985

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified--Consumer and Commercial Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2007

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Texas Court Administration Task Force Chair--Arbitration Subcomittee , 2008
  • Chair--State Bar of Texas Court Rules Committee, 2007
  • Chairman, Judicial Affairs Committee Travis County Bar Association, 2001
  • Texas Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal and Fifth Circuits
  • Austin Bar Association (Chairman, Judicial Affairs Committee, 2000-2002)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Austin YMCA  Chairman of Board , 2005
  • YMCA Board of Directors 1994-2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, Enforcing Arbitration Against Nonsignatories, Texas Bar Journal Article , 2002
  • Law Review article cited several times by Fifth Circuit and Texas Supreme Court, Author, Equitable Estoppel as a Basis for Compelling Nonsignatories to Arbitrate--A Bridge Too Far?, Review of Litigation--Univ. of Texas Law School, 2002
  • Enforcing Arbitration Against Nonsignatories, 65 Tex. Bar J. 802 (2002)
  • Development of Equitable Estoppel as a Basis for Compelling Nonsignatories to Arbitrate – A Bridge Too Far? 21 Review of Litigation 593 (2002)


  • Settled Complex Multi-Party Litigation for $16,000,000, 2010
  • Peterson v. NCNB Texas National Bank, 838 S.W.2d 263 (Tex. App. – Dallas, 1992)
  • Howard v. United States, 31 Fed. Cl. 297 (1994)
  • Horseshoe Bay Resort Sales Co. v. Lake Lyndon B. Johnson Improvement Corp., 53 S.W.3d 799 (Tex. App. – Austin, 2001)
  • Synergy Center, Ltd. v. Lone Star Franchising, Inc., 63 S.W.3d, 561 (Tex. App. – Austin, 2001)
  • In re: Bradle, 83 S.W. 3d 923 (Tex. App. – Austin, 2002)

Representative Clients:

  • Viking Fence Company
  • YMCA of Austin
  • Airforce Turbine Service, Ltd.
  • Jefferson Bank
  • Represent City of Georgetown, Texas, in Aviation Matters

Educational Background:

  • SMU School of Law--Juris Doctor, 1986
  • Harvard Negotiation Project--Program for Lawyers
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Office Location for J. Hamilton Rial, III

3660 Stoneridge
Bldg B--102
Austin, TX 78746

Phone: 512-322-8118

Fax: 512-322-8143

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Last Updated: 1/2/2019

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