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I am a CPA and a trial lawyer.  I am also AV Peer Review Rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating possible by judges and other lawyers, for professional excellence, legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication skills, legal experience and legal ethics.

The Coffman Law Firm is a business litigation firm. We represent individuals and small and medium size businesses throughout Texas and across the United States in a broad range of trial and appellate matters, including antitrust, agriculture, contracts, intellectual property, technology, consumer cases, disasters, complex commercial litigation and class actions.  We do not represent insurance companies and typically do not represent large corporations. 

No one will out strategize us, out research us, out write us or out work us.  Our law practice is based on the following core values:

WE ARE GOAL SETTERS.  Setting—and achieving—objectives is important to our clients and second nature to us.

WE ARE SELF-MOTIVATED.  We are internally driven to win.  We will not back down from a fight.  There are no problems—only opportunities to succeed.

WE ARE STRATEGIC.  We work hard to stay three steps ahead of the competition.

WE ARE RISK TAKERS.  Progress always involves risks.  We carefully assess the pros and cons associated with important decisions in order to minimize risk.  However, when the time comes, we are not afraid to pull the trigger and move forward.

WE ARE WELL NETWORKED.  We are connected—both technologically and from the human perspective.  Our networks are a source of support and information critical to our success.

WE ARE WELL PREPARED.  We go the extra mile to be ready to address the twists and turns that will arise during your case.  No one will out prepare us.

WE ARE NIMBLE.  We embrace technology.  We quickly and efficiently respond to our clients’ needs.

WE TAKE ACTION.  We assess the situation, prepare for the challenge and take action when warranted.  Timing is a critical part of our case strategy.

I am also a founding member of the XDL Group, a virtual alliance of veteran trial lawyers and intellectual property professionals who litigate intellectual property matters throughout the United States.  See


Practice areas


  1. Class Action: 50%
    26 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    26 years
  3. Appeals: 10%
    26 years



Hourly ($275-550/hour), contingent (20-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Reginald L. Snyder

    Richard is an exceptional lawyer who works tirelessly on his clents' behalf timely and effectively representing their interests in a professional, sophisticated manner. I have the highest respect for Richard's legal skill and judgment. As his colleague and friend, it is my pleasure to endorse him as one of the most talented litigators I know.


    Reginald Snyder Business Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Aashish Yadvendra Desai

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Aashish Desai Class Action Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Coffman Law Firm

505 Orleans Street, Suite 505
Beaumont, TX, 77701-3225


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198910/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Public AccountantTexas State Board of Public Accountancy1983
AV Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell Law DirectoryN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Coffman Law Firm1997 - Present
PartnerProvost & Umphrey, LLP1992 - 1997
AssociateHutcheson & Grundy, LLP1989 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Schools of Oriental ResearchTreasurer/Board of Trustees/Executive Committee2013 - Present
Beaumont Crime StoppersVice Chair of the Board2012 - Present
American Schools of Oriental ResearchAssistant Treasurer/Board of Trustees2012 - 2012
Beaumont Crime StoppersTreasurer of the Board2010 - 2011
Federal Circuit Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
United States Court of Federal Claims Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal CircuitMember1999 - Present
Bar Association of the Eastern District of TexasMember1993 - Present
Jefferson County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
MDL No. 1921; In re Nissan North America, Inc. Odometer LitigationSettled. I was appointed Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel by the Court.
Choinacki v. American Home Products, Inc.Settled.
MDL No. 997; In re Brand-Name Prescription Drug Antitrust LitigationSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
ATLA Business Torts Section NewsletterA Civil RICO Primer, Part I2006
The Review of LitigationThe Abuse of Rule 11 and Forum Non Conveniens: Fast Effective Relief for Federal Docket Congestion?1988
The Tax AdvisorConstruction Period Interest for IDBs1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of Texas System, AustinAccountingM.P.A.1980
Texas Lutheran UniversityAccountingBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of Texas School of BusinessAdjunct Professor (Taxation)1985
University of Washington School of BusinessAdjunct Professor (Taxation)1981