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Richard Wayne James

Car accident Attorney at Wichita, KS

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found

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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    We help people who have been injured in auto collisions to recover from their injuries. The insurance company wants to reduce the value of your claim research shows that with a lawyer you recover 3 1/2 times more than without a lawyer. Don't delay in contacting our office 800-834-8400

    24 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Personal injury
    People who have been hurt because of the fault of another person need an attorney. We have recovered for people injured in farm accidents, dog bites, trip and fall and many other kinds of injuries.

    24 years, 500 cases

  3. Trucking accident
    When an 18 wheeler is involved the driver and the company have additional responsibility for safety. You need an attorney familiar with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

    24 years, 100 cases

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, 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, 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,. 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.

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DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers
3241 Toben Street
Wichita, KS, 67226

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Posted by Brad | February 13, 2015
Great lawyer & a great person
Richard and the rest of the staff at Devaughn-James are great people to work with. They gave me accurate expectations for the outcome of my case, explained the entire process in a way that was easy to understand, and gave good answers with quick responses to all of my questions. What I most appreciated is that his staff was very flexible to work with and easy to contact, both by phone & by email. They kept me well informed throughout the entire process, checked in with me periodically to ask how I was recovering from my injuries, and were patient with me in allowing me to balance my own personal & work life with getting them the paperwork from my doctors & everything else they needed from me to process my case. I would highly recommend this lawyer, and if I am ever in the position to need his services I would definitely work with him again.
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Posted by chasity | February 5, 2015
First time client
I would highly recommend Richard @ Devaughn James for an attorney. ..he is very friendly, straight forward to the point...and most of all very supportive! He will take the time to explain each and every process along the way.Always makes time for his clients and if he is out of the office, he always has backup to answer any questions or concerns I might have.Good job!
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Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2015
Professional, Exceptional,
From the moment I saw advertisement on TV, got on-line, chatted with professional; made appointment. Professional came to my home, as I was unable to drive. I gave my statement of accident. Another professional Was assigned to follow all my surgeries, follow-us appoinments. In a short time a settlement was accepted.
Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2015
Great lawyer!
Richard was a great choice to help me deal with my car accident settlement. He kept me informed throughout the process and constantly updated me on what was happening. He took care of contacting the insurance companies and made the entire experience much easier. Additionally, he fought to obtain the best settlement for my case. Him and his team made my traumatic experience much easier and helped me throughout the process. I highly recommend him!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers
  • 2012 - Present
  • Director
  • McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn & Herrington
  • 2000 - 2012


  • Washburn University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • York College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • Kansas Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • 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
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
Endorse Richard
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently returned from a national legal seminar in which I had the pleasure to hear Richard speak on personal injury law. Richard and his firm are on the cutting edge of winning cases for their clients. Moreover, from speaking with Richard, I am impressed by his character - he is not only a fantastic lawyer, but also sincerely cares about his clients and his community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard not only has a kind heart, he is an excellent attorney who cares about his clients. He is highly competent, skilled and intelligent! I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Other
"A great firm. Richard gets the job done by delivering results to his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a smart lawyer and will be honest with you. A professional and a great person."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Richard is more than a great attorney, he is a great person. Richard sets himself apart from other attorneys by his customer service, attention to detail and his compassion. He worked for many years defending insurance companies which gives him a unique set of skills unlike other attorneys. He's able to aggressively fight for injured people in a professional manner to achieve great results. You'll be extremely happy with Richard as your attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is an exceptional attorney and he works hard to win cases on behalf of his injured clients. His settlements are typically higher than those obtained by other attorneys -- a testament to his work ethic and desire to fairly compensate his clients. I highly recommend him."
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Wichita Car accident Lawyer Richard Wayne James
Richard Wayne James
Car accident Attorney
Wichita, KS
Licensed for 23 years