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Richard Joseph Plezia

Richard Joseph Plezia

also known as Rick Plezia

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Trucking Accident, Wrongful Death, Admiralty & Maritime

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About Me

I am a trial lawyer that has tried over a hundred jury trials to their conclusion.  I have tried cases at the state and federal level and have been involved in litigation matters in all fifty states.  i currently practice in Texas but am licensed in Mississippi and Georgia. Our firm is not a large firm and we take the time to speak and assist all of our clients.  The cases that we handle include all types of personal injury including Trucking Accidents and Offshore injuries.  We also handle medical device failures and pharmaceutical injuries as well. We are located at Westheimer and Wilchrest in West Houston.


Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1990

  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    24 years
  2. Admiralty & Maritime: 20%
    22 years
  3. Wrongful Death: 20%
    24 years
  4. Trucking Accident: 20%
    24 years



Contingent (33-45%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Mark T. Murray

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Mark Murray Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Scott A. Hooper

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Scott Hooper Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Richard J. Plezia & Associates

11200 Westheimer Rd.
Suite 620
Houston, TX, 77042


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200507/06/2015
MSAuthorized to practice law200407/13/2015
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199005/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyers 2005 - 2014Thomson Reuters2014
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Top 100 Lawyers in the NationPrinceton Global Networks2013
Top Texas LawyersThomson Reuters2013
Top Lawyers for the People 2006 - 2013H Magazine2013
Second Highest Jury Verdict for Motor VehicleTexas Lawyer Magazine2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerRichard J. Plezia & Associates2006 - Present
PartnerAbraham Watkins Nichols Sorrels Matthews Friend1996 - 2006

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President Communications2011 - 2013
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, CLE CommitteeSpeaker Author and Moderator2004 - 2014
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2002 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2000 - Present
Houston Trial Lawyers FoundationMember2000 - 2004
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President1999 - 2004
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1997 - 2013
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1997 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1996 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers Association AdvocatesMember1993 - 2003
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Truck Collision - QuadriplegiaSettlement - $17,250,000
Trucking CollisionVerdict - $2,375,000

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Publication NameTitleDate
Texas Bar JournalRecovery of Attorney Fees2012
State Bar of Texas publicationECM: Preserving Evidence2010
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationHurricane Ike: The Plaintiffs Perspective after the Storm2009
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationComparative Responsibility and Third Party Practice2008
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationBiomechanical Experts and Medical Causation2007
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationProtecting Your Clients Through Settlement Options2007
The Advocate (State Bar of Texas)Offer of Settlement, Judgment or Pay My Costs Please2006
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMediation: Effective Negotiation or Just a Game2006
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationResponsible Third Parties2005

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Baylor UniversityAccounting, Finance and EconomicsBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1989

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
TTLA VegasTrying Cases under the New Supreme Court Rules2013
Soaking up CLE, South PadreLegislative Update2013
Marshall Spring UpdateLegislative Update and What it Means for Your Practice2013
Harris County Bench Bar AssociationLegislative Update2013
TTLA Car Wrecks SeminarReconstructionists - Police and Retained Experts2012
Dallas Trial Lawyers AssociationOpening Statements2012
TTLA Car Wrecks Seminar Houston Dallas McAllenThe Accident Reconstructionist2011
Trucking LitigationECM: Preserving Evidence"2010