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Richard J. Plezia has primarily focused his extensive litigation career on civil trials in both federal and state courts, trying numerous cases to verdict.   He has participated in and tried over a hundred jury trials. He is one of only a very small percentage of Texas lawyers to be board certified twice. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has also been selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is AV rated by Martidale-Hubbell.

Mr. Plezia obtained both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from Baylor University, earning accolades including Phi Delta Phi, Order of Barristers, and membership in the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society.

Mr. Plezia has been admitted to practice in Texas, Mississippi, and Georgia, along with the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has participated in litigation in almost all 50 states. He has testified in committees of both the Texas House of Representatives and the State Senate on a wide range of laws that could impact both consumers and Texas families, including recreational use, maritime procedure, venue, community projects, construction projects, automobile tires, and more.

He is proudly married to his wife of 25 years, and enjoys being a father to their four daughters.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    25 years
  2. Maritime: 30%
    23 years
  3. Defective Products: 30%
    25 years



Contingent (33-45%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Law Offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates

11200 Westheimer Rd.
Suite 620
Houston, TX, 77042


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200507/15/2016
MSAuthorized to practice law200407/18/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199007/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThompson-Reuters2015
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Lifetime Member - Top 100 Lawyers in the NationPrinceton Global Networks2013
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2013
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2013
Top Texas LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2013
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2012
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2012
Top Texas LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2012
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2011
Top Texas LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2011
Top Texas LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2010
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2010
Texas LawyerTop Verdicts of 20092009
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2009
Top Texas LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2009
Second Highest Jury Verdict for Motor VehicleTexas Lawyer Magazine2009
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2008
Top Texas LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2008
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2007
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2007
Top Texas LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2007
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2006
Top Texas LawyersTexas Monthly Magazine2006
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2006
Lawyer for the PeopleH Magazine2005
Super LawyersThompson-Reuters2005
Life MemberKingston’s National Registry of Who’s Who2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRichard J. Plezia & Associates2009 - Present
PartnerPlezia, McLemore, Reddell, Ardoin, & Story2006 - 2009
PartnerAbraham Watkins Nichols Sorrels Matthews Friend1996 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committee2011 - Present
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2002 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2000 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector1999 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1996 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1992 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates (Houston chapter)MemberN/A
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Multi Million Dollar Advocates ForumMemberN/A
The National Transportation Safety Board Bar AssociationMemberN/A
The Verdict ClubMemberN/A
National Italian-American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
San Antonio Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
Georgia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Mississippi Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President Communications2011 - 2013
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2007
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationCLE Committee Speaker Author and Moderator2004 - 2014
Houston Trial Lawyers FoundationMember2000 - 2004
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationVice-President1999 - 2004
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationVice President1999 - 2004
State Bar Grievance CommitteMember1998 - 2004
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationAssociate Director1998 - 1999
Houston Trial Lawyers FoundationDirector1997 - 1997
Houston Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector1996 - 1998
Texas Trial Lawyers Association AdvocatesMember1993 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Truck Collision - QuadriplegiaSettlement - $17,250,000
Trucking CollisionVerdict - $2,375,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Texas Bar JournalRecovery of Attorney Fees2012
State Bar of Texas publicationECM: Preserving Evidence2010
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationHurricane Ike: The Plaintiffs Perspective after the Storm2009
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationComparative Responsibility and Third Party Practice2008
The Advocate (State Bar of Texas)Offer of Settlement, Judgment or Pay My Costs Please2006
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationMediation: Effective Negotiation or Just a Game2006
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationResponsible Third Parties2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Baylor UniversityAccounting, Finance and EconomicsBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TTLA VegasTrying Cases under the New Supreme Court Rules2013
Soaking up CLE, South PadreLegislative Update2013
Marshall Spring UpdateLegislative Update and What it Means for Your Practice2013
Harris County Bench Bar AssociationLegislative Update2013
Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wreck Seminar - San AntonioReconstructionists - Police and Retained Experts2011
Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wreck Seminar - HoustonQualifying – Disqualifying Police Officers Accident Reconstructionist2011
Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wreck Seminar - DallasReconstructionists - Police and Retained Experts2011
Texas Trial Lawyer's Association Car Wrecks Seminar - McAllenReconstructionists - Police and Retained Experts2011
Trucking LitigationECM: Preserving Evidence2010
Mid Year Advanced PI SeminarHurricane Ike Claims2009
Mid Year Advanced PI SeminarComparative Responsibility and Third Party Practice2008
Car Wrecks SeminarBiomechanical Experts and Medical Causation2007
Advanced Personal Injury SeminarProtecting Your Clients Through Settlement Options2007
Maximizing Your Case RecoveryPreparing for the Productive Mediation2006
Introduction to Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association CLEPreparing for the Productive Mediation2006
Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association - Key WestAdmiralty Pointers2005
CLE at SeaUsing Technology at Trial to Win Big Verdicts2005
Advanced PI SeminarResponsible Third Parties2005
Mealey’s Baycol ConferenceTrial on Non-Rhabdo Cases2004
Majority Counsel Fen-Phen SeminarDeposing a Treating Cardiologist2004
Winning Edge SeminarCross Examination of ExpertsN/A
Winning Edge SeminarTechnology in the CourtroomN/A
HalfMoon SeminarsObtaining and Reviewing Medical Records and Working with Medical ExpertsN/A
HalfMoon SeminarsTexas Personal Injury PracticeN/A
HalfMoon SeminarsTexas Civil LitigationN/A
CPCC SeminarsCurrent Issues Surrounding Parental Notification LawN/A