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Richard Schellhammer focuses his practice on construction law and business litigation, with an emphasis on design professional malpractice defense and commercial and residential construction litigation.

Richard has experience in all aspects of the construction process, including negotiation and preparation of design and construction contracts, risk allocation, and project management. He litigates and arbitrates disputes involving design and construction errors, delay claims, building performance problems, lien and bond claims, collection of construction funds, and termination issues.

He has represented clients on projects involving manufacturing facilities, residential developments and subdivisions, public facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, jails and courthouses, underground utilities, high-rise buildings, and numerous other types of commercial and residential projects.

Richard actively participates in the alternative dispute resolution process and has served as a mediator and arbitrator in disputes with varying levels of controversy.

Richard is also a frequent speaker on construction matters and has authored papers on construction contract issues, matters involving mechanic’s liens, and risk allocation among design professionals and contractors. He is actively involved in numerous legal and industry associations, including the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section and the Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section.

Richard served in active duty in the United States Army from 1970-1982. He remained in the Army Reserves until 1994. Richard was born in New York City.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial Real Estate: 50%
  2. Litigation: 50%



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Underwood Law Firm, P.C.

1008 Macon Street, Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX, 76102


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198207/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderUnderwood Law Firm2014 - Present
PartnerGoins Underkofler Crawford & Langdon1982 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Texas Association Construction Council and FoundationBoard Member2014 - Present
Tarrant County Bar Association, Construction Law SectionMember1992 - Present
Dallas County Bar Association Construction Law SectionChairman1977 - Present
Association of Builders and ContractorsMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Construction Specialization Advisor Group of the Texas Board of Legal SpecializationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryMemberN/A
Environmental Law ComitteeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dean v. Frank W. Neal & AssociatesN/A
Hydra-Rig, Inc. v. ETF Corp.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Building Professional Institute MaterialsDispute Avoidance, Management, and Resolution for Design Professionals2013
Building Professional Institute MaterialsTexas Lien Rights for Engineers and Architects2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University New Orleans College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Virginia Military InstituteN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1970
American Technological UniversityCounseling PsychologyMA - MastersN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Engineering Law CLELaw of Engineering Malpractice2014
Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law SectionReview of Black + Vernooy/Third-Party Beneficiary Claims2014
Real Estate Development & Construction Law SeminarManaging Risk for Engineers and Architects2013