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James M. Richardson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Richardson Firm PLLC
1607 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-940-1176
Fax: 512-499-8886
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2011 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1981
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Construction Litigation: Business, Estate & Trust Litigation, General Litigation
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Jim Richardson is a leading trial lawyer in general civil litigation, specializing in real estate and contract disputes, employment and professional liability matters, construction cases, and fiduciary claims in trusts and estates. He has been named to Texas Super Lawyers® for over 15 years, including being named a Top 50 Central & West Texas Super Lawyer® on multiple occasions by Thomson Reuters.

Jim has also been named to Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation every year since 2012. He holds three active Board Certifications, one by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law, and two by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Law and Civil Practice Advocacy.

The firm is ranked Tier 1 by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers in America®, an honor limited to the top one percent of American law firms.

Jim is currently President of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, based in Wrentham, Massachusetts. As the nation's largest private organization for attorney board certification, the NBTA is devoted to improving trial advocacy in the United States and aiding in the selection of experienced trial lawyers. He also serves as President of the NBTA Austin-Area Chapter. 

Recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100®, Jim is a past-chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Austin Bar Association and Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served on numerous committees of the State Bar of Texas, including the Rules of Evidence and Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committees. Jim frequently serves as course director and presenter at legal conferences on the topic of trial advocacy and evidence.

Practice Areas: Litigation and trials in state and federal Courts; breach of fiduciary Duty; fraud; breach of contract; real estate litigation; business torts and technology; construction litigation; marriage dissolution and complex property claims; professional liability; employment; environmental litigation; negligence; and trusts and estates.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 50%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Construction Defects, Will Contests, Litigation, Restraining Order

Selections

15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2011 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About James M. Richardson

First Admitted: 1981, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.richardson-firm.com/about-us/james-m-richardson/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • President, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2020-2022); President-Elect (2017-2020); Executive Committee (2016-present); Member, Board of Directors (2015-present); Civil Trial Advocate (2002-present); Civil Practice Advocate (2012-present); State Coordinator–Texas (2013-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)
  • Austin Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section (Past-Chair, 2016-17; Chair, 2015-16; Vice-Chair, 2013-14; Treasurer, 2012-13; Secretary 2011-12); Member, Board of Directors (2009-12; Chair, CLE (1994-96); (Member from 1985)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, TEX-ABOTA Chapter
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2015-present)
  • Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys (2015-present)
  • Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court, Robert W. Calvert Chapter (2005-present)
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas, 1982
  • Outstanding Law Graduate, Oklahoma Bar Association

Honors/Awards

  • President, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2020-2022
  • Top 50 Texas Super Lawyers, Central and West Texas Region, by Thomson Reuters, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation by BL Rankings, 2012-2022, BL Rankings
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers®, The National Trial Lawyers, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Martindale-Hubbell/LexisNexis, AV®Preeminent™ 5.0-5 
  • Editor-in-Chief, Tulsa Law Review
  • Outstanding Law Graduate of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro Bono College, State Bar of Texas (2019-present)
  • Founding Life Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation (2005-present)
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (1999-present)

Special Licenses/Certifications

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Course Director/Presenter, Essential Trial Advocacy Workshop®, Winning Motions, Presented by National Board of Trial Advocacy, Hosted by Jackson Walker LLP (Oct. 2017)
  • Presenter, 14th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook®, Voir Dire, Presented by the Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section (Oct. 2018)
  • Co-Chair/Moderator, 12th Annual Ultimate Trial Notebook 2016 (Co-Chair/Moderator in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • 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, 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)

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
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Office Location for James M. Richardson

1607 Nueces St
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-940-1176

Fax: 512-499-8886

Last Updated: 5/18/2022

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