Richard W. James has a proven track record of success in obtaining maximum recoveries for his clients. Most cases never require a trial and we can force the insurance company to provide you a fair offer. However, when they will not, we will fight for your until they do pay you for your injuries.
In 2012 Richard tried 3 cases to a jury an in each case obtained more than double the amount that was offered by the insurance company. In 2013, Richard obtained a verdict three times larger than the offer by the insurance company.
Richard has successfully tried cases in both State and Federal Courts. In order to obtain the maximum value for your injuries, the opponent must know that you are willing to take the case to trial. When you hire our firm they will know that refusing to pay you for your injuries will land them in front of a jury.
When the Wichita Public Schools were forced to bring lawsuits against certain contractors for faulty construction they chose to hire Richard as lead trial counsel. After a lengthy two year battle in litigation the defendants agreed to pay more than $2.4 million dollars in damages. In 2010, in a commercial litigation case, he obtained a verdict in the amount of $265,992.00 against an advertising firm. In this case, he was successful in obtaining a verdict that “pierced the corporate veil” and held the president of the company personally liable. Prior to trial, the defendant only offered $10,000.00 to settle the case.
In a case that concluded in 2010, Richard and Dustin tried a three week jury trial between two companies and obtained a verdict in excess of $1,000,000.00. Immediately prior to trial, the defendant offered nothing in settlement and asserted that no recovery would be obtained for their client. The defendants even appealed the case to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado. The Tenth Circuit denied their appeal, entered judgment against the defendants and added additional attorney fees and expenses for the conduct of the defendants.
After preparing cases for trial and showing the opposition you will not settle for less than fair compensation for your injuries, most cases are settled without the need for a trial. However, you need to be sure your attorney is willing and able to take your case to the jury. In the last three years settlements were obtained for his clients in excess of five million dollars.* He is willing to take cases on a “no recovery, no fee” basis in order to allow all individuals access to the legal system. This minimizes the risk to his clients.
Richard is a native of Kingman, Kansas, received his undergraduate degree in business administration from York College, York, Nebraska (B.S., Cum Laude, 1997) and obtained his legal education at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas (J.D. with honors, 2000).
In 2012 and 2013 Richard was recognized in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 Richard was identified by Super Lawyers Magazine in Kansas City as a “Rising Star” in Kansas litigation. In 2009, he was selected by the Wichita Business Journal to its annual ’40 Under 40″ class selecting business leaders under the age of 40 who exhibited excellence in their profession. In 2005, he was chosen to participate in Leadership Wichita, a program conducted by the Wichita Chamber of Commerce to identify leaders who positively impact the Wichita Community.
While attending York College, he was president of the student government and captain of the men’s basketball team. While attending Washburn, he was a member of the Washburn Law Journal and his case was published and recognized as the best in the 1999-2000 issues of the Washburn Law Journal.
Richard and his wife Rachel, have one daughter, Abbey and one son, Jackson, and are very active in the community and their local church. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Carpenter Place (formerly known as Maude Carpenter Children’s Home) in Wichita, as Chairman of the Church Finance Committee and as a Deacon at his church.
He looks forward to visiting with you about your case and your potential recovery. Rest assured that when you call our office, you will have the opportunity to discuss your case with an attorney. We are willing to come to your home or office to discuss your case.
|KS||Authorized to practice law||2000||04/19/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top 10 Attorney||National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2013|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2012|
|Attorney||DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers||2012 - Present|
|Director||McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn & Herrington||2000 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Kansas Association for Justice||Board of Governors||2014 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Washburn Law Journal||Defining the Duties of Participants in a Joint Operating Agreement||1999|
|Washburn University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|York College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
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