James M. Richardson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Richardson Firm PLLC
 | 1509 W. 6th Street, Suite A
Austin, TX 78703
Phone: 512-499-8879
Fax: 512-499-8886
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Jim Richardson helps clients resolve high-stakes legal disputes through trial or arbitration.

    A trial lawyer with more than thirty years' experience, Jim is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

    Jim is nationally recognized by BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation, along with being repeatedly named to the state's Top 50 Central & West Texas Super Lawyers® in Thomson Reuters' annual Top List – Best of the Best®.

    He serves as President-Elect of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Founded in 1977, NBTA is the largest organization for attorney board certification in the United States, offering proven, tested excellence® in trial advocacy through a rigorous ABA-approved national certification program.

    A Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Jim began his professional career with Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston, Texas, now Norton Rose Fulbright. He is a frequent course director and presenter on topics of trial advocacy and evidence in business litigation.

    Practice Areas: Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Fraud, Breach of Contract, Real Estate Litigation, Business Torts and Technology, Construction Litigation, Professional Liability and Legal Malpractice, Employment, Environmental Litigation, Negligence, and Trusts and Estates.

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

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

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2011 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About James Richardson

    Admitted: 1981, Texas

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

    Honors/Awards:

    • President-Elect, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2018-2020
    • 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, 2012-2020
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyers®, The National Trial Lawyers, 2019
    • 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

    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, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2018-2020); 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

    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)

    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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    1509 W. 6th Street
    Suite A
    Austin, TX 78703

    Phone: 512-499-8879

    Fax: 512-499-8886

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