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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.
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1982||01/19/2017|
|Shareholder||Underwood Law Firm||2014 - Present|
|Partner||Goins Underkofler Crawford & Langdon||1982 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Texas Association Construction Council and Foundation||Board Member||2014 - Present|
|Tarrant County Bar Association, Construction Law Section||Member||1992 - Present|
|Dallas County Bar Association Construction Law Section||Chairman||1977 - Present|
|Association of Builders and Contractors||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||N/A|
|Construction Specialization Advisor Group of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry||Member||N/A|
|Environmental Law Comittee||Member||N/A|
|Dean v. Frank W. Neal & Associates||N/A|
|Hydra-Rig, Inc. v. ETF Corp.||N/A|
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|Building Professional Institute Materials||Dispute Avoidance, Management, and Resolution for Design Professionals||2013|
|Building Professional Institute Materials||Texas Lien Rights for Engineers and Architects||2013|
|Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Virginia Military Institute, Lexington||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1970|
|American Technological University, Killeen||Counseling Psychology||MA - Masters||N/A|
|Texas Engineering Law CLE||Law of Engineering Malpractice||2014|
|Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section||Review of Black + Vernooy/Third-Party Beneficiary Claims||2014|
|Real Estate Development & Construction Law Seminar||Managing Risk for Engineers and Architects||2013|