A leading trial lawyer, Jim Richardson is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial Litigation and was named one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in the Central and West Texas Region in 2013, 2014, and 2016, as researched by Thomson Reuters.
Jim is peer-rated AV® Preeminent™ 5.0-5 by Martindale-Hubbell, in addition to being named a Top Rated Lawyer by ALM/LexisNexis® and Texas Best Lawyers®. A Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, he is President of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Austin Texas Chapter, and serves on its National Board of Directors. He is immediate Past Chair of the Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section and is a Master in the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court.
Jim holds three Board certifications, two by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in both Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice, and a third by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law. Jim’s practice, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, focuses on business torts, commercial and contract disputes, shareholder and partnership fights, unfair competition and trade secrets, and real estate, construction, technology, probate, fiduciary, and selected complex family law litigation.
He is a Member of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys.
Honors and Awards:
Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Texas Best Lawyers® (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Top 50 Super Lawyers®, Central and West Texas Region (Thomson Reuters) 2013, 2014, 2016 (Austin, San Antonio, and El Paso, Texas); Super Lawyers, as featured in Texas Monthly (Thomson Reuters) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Super Lawyers Business Edition (Thomson Reuters) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2014 – present; Texas Top Rated Lawyers (ALM/LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 – General Ethical Standards/Legal Ability; Editor-in-Chief, Tulsa Law Review 1981; Outstanding Law Graduate Award, Oklahoma Bar Association, 1980.
Board Certified - Board Certified - Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice, National Board of Trial Advocacy; Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
President, Austin Chapter, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2015-present); Member, National Board of Directors (2015-present); Civil Trial Advocate (2002-present); State Coordinator–Texas (2013-present); Advisory Committee (2009-present); Long Range Planning Committee (2015-present); Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA); Fellow, Foundation of American Board of Trial Advocates; Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys (2015-present); Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2015-present) (limited to one-half of one-percent of North American trial lawyers); Member, Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee of the State Bar of Texas (1996-98); Member, Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the State Bar of Texas (2000-04); Panel Chair, District 9A Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas (2002-03) (Member from 1997); Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (1990-present); Board of Directors, Austin Bar Association (1997-99); Chair, Continuing Legal Education (1994-96); Governing Council, Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section (Chair, 2015-16; Vice-Chair, 2013-14; Treasurer, 2012-13; Secretary 2011-12; Appointed, Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Texas, 1982; Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court, Robert W. Calvert Chapter (2005-present); Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (1999-present); Founding Life Fellow, Austin Bar Foundation (2005-present); Member, State Bar of Texas (1981-present).
Verdicts and Settlements:
Depth of experience resulting from significant jury and non-jury trials in numerous cases across the State of Texas.
References available on request.
University of California at Los Angeles (1977), B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Political Science, University of Tulsa College of Law (1981), J.D., Highest Honors
Languages spoken: Spanish
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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1981||09/22/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Texas Top Rated Lawyers||ALM/LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Best Lawyers in America||Woodward/White, Inc.||2016|
|Best Lawyers in Texas||Woodward/White, Inc.||2016|
|Texas Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Top 50 Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2014|
|Top 50 Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2013|
|Editor-in-Chief||Tulsa Law Review||1981|
|Outstanding Law Graduate of Oklahoma||Oklahoma Bar Association||1980|
|Partner||Richardson + Burgess LLP||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Bankston & Richardson, LLP||1998 - 2010|
|Partner||Maroney, Crowley, Bankston, Richardson & Hull, LLP||1992 - 1998|
|Shareholder||Wright & Greenhill, P.C.||1986 - 1992|
|Attorney||Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.||1981 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Litigation Counsel of America||Fellow||2015 - Present|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy||President||2015 - Present|
|Litigation Section, Austin Bar Association||Chair||2015 - Present|
|American College of Board Certified Attorneys||Member||2014 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||2012 - Present|
|Austin Bar Foundation||Founding Life Fellow||2007 - Present|
|Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court||Master||2005 - Present|
|Texas Bar Foundation||Life Fellow||1996 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1981 - Present|
|District 9A Grievance Committee, State Bar of Texas||Panel Chair||2002 - 2003|
|Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, State Bar of Texas||Member||2000 - 2004|
|Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee, State Bar of Texas||Member||1997 - 1999|
|Austin Bar Association||Director||1997 - 1999|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Litigation Specialization Examination||Speciality Certification||2009|
|Texas Monthly Magazine||Legal Defenses to Automated Camera Surveillance||2006|
|Specialty Certification||National Board of Trial Advocacy, Speciality Examination in Civil Trial Law||2006|
|University of Tulsa College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Political Science and Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Co-Chair, Ultimate Trial Notebook 2009, Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section||Winning at Trial||2009|
|American Inns of Court||Lawyers and Social Network Media Websites: Litigation and Advertising Issues||2009|
|American Inns of Court||Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008: Litigation Fallout||2008|
|American Inns of Court||Tort Reform Time Machine||2007|
|How to Litigate Your First Civil Trial in Texas||Co-Chair, Litigation and Trials: Winning at Trial||2006|
|American Inns of Court||Litigating Disaster Recovery Issues||2006|