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Richard Alexander

Personal injury Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.9   17 reviews

Licensed for 52 years

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PERSONAL CARE FOR SURVIVORS OF BRAIN, BURN AND SPINAL INJURIES IS MY GOAL AND PROMISE.

I was raised in a family where helping friends, neighbors, co-workers and family was a way of life, especially when someone needed help right away.

Helping others is how I was raised by a father who taught me empathy, supported courage to standby my convictions and provided a love of knowledge. My mother was the most dedicated volunteer you can imagine.  Together they were living examples that we could make a difference for others.  That's why I went to law school.  To make a real difference.  That's why I am commited to public educaiton and have published hundreds of examples of my legal work for the benefit of lawyers and the public. 

Family values have given me powerful tools that are the foundation of my work in  personal injury cases against major corporations and insurance companies.  

Winning big for the survivors of spinal cord and brain injury, and burns just doesn't happen.  It takes skillful lawyering, commitment and "thinking outside the box."  

Serving people and winning for them and delivering justice is my greatest satisfaction especially after other lawyers said it was impossible. See my results for Florence Kuhlmann, Rasheed Hilson, Bernard Timple, Roxana Mena and George Liu whom I have been honored to represent and provide stunning wins against impossible odds. 

I have been blessed with a positive attitude, a creative imagination and the courage to take on Goliaths.

Substantial experience in cases involving defective products, from SUVs to construction equipment, dangerous drugs and medical devices, car, truck and motorcycle crashes, toxic chemicals, and abusive insurance company claims practices.

If I can help, call.

The advice is free.  The knowledge is invaluable. 

 

 

 

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Licensed for 52 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1971
Updated 11/30/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Alexander Law Group, LLP
99 Almaden Boulevard
Suite 575
San Jose, CA, 95113
Richard Alexander
1 Sansome Street #3500
San Francisco, CA, 94104
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Client's Choice 2016
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Richard received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2016
Posted by Richard | August 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Creative, Thoughtful Attorney
I consulted with Mr. Alexander regarding some partnership dispute issues. His advice and counsel was mature, incisive and very helpful. He avoided a very long and expensive lawsuit and I would recommend Richard to anyone, whether the matter involves a business dispute or a personal injury matter. His ability to analyze issues is second to none.
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Posted by Ron | August 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard Alexander's services
I was in a serious accident, spinal and head injuries. I acquired the services of Alexander's law group. And have been completely satisfied with they're out standing representation! Richard and his associates are highly knowledgable in the personal injury field. I'am completely satisfied with they're efforts and would highly recommend they're office to anyone looking to hire a personal injury lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Insightful & Sincere
Though his law firm was unable to take on my particular case, Mr. Alexander did not hesitate to respond to several email inquires which provided me with insightful knowledge based upon 50 years of successful legal experience. He then went above and beyond expectation by referring me to a 20 year colleague of his who is well versed in the the area of Workers Compensation. I am forever grateful...
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Posted by Valerie | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney who runs one of the very best personal injury law practices in the Bay Area
I contacted Richard Alexander's Law Firm about an injury that my child had suffered due to a negligent action by another person. I was directed to an intake person who asked for a synopsis of the case. A few days later I was contacted by Mr, Alexander to set an appointment for an interview. Mr. Alexander knows his stuff! During our first interview he showed a high level of legal professionalism and a great deal of knowledge about the clinical nature of my child's injury. At times during out interview, it almost felt as if I was speaking with a physician who knows a lot about the law- or an attorney who had seriously studied anatomy. After our interview I was sold - convinced that Mr. Alexander and his law form were the people for the job. Mr.Alexander has one more interview with my child and then assigned an attorneys from his law firm to carry our case forward. The attorney that Mr Alexander assigned was perfect for us- a really good personality fit and a crack attorney who was persistent and won us a substantial settlement. Another thing I liked about Mr. Alexander was his no-nonsense approach to our case; he knew in very short order that our case was worth taking and told us why; he didn't waste our time. Mr. Alexander and the Alexander Law Firm comprise a first-rate, caring and extremely competent personal injury law firm that knows the law, how to maneuver in court with the best of them, and win. Thank you Mr. Alexander!
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Posted by S Iyer | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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The only attorney you will ever need!
Richard (Dick) is an experienced attorney whom you want to hire to represent you. He is THE expert in handling personal injury cases, no question at all. Dick gets to know you, learns about your case, displays ample empathy and sticks to the facts. He has the uncanny ability to separate the emotion from the facts of the case and helps put your best foot forward and represents you. When it comes to personal injury involving entities such as insurance, companies, government, medical, or class action to name a few, you want Dick on your side. With Dick as your attorney you can be assured that your case will receive the best possible outcome, ever! That was my experience with him. Had it not been for Dick, our case would have not been handled well and we couldn't have ever imagined the outcome we achieved. Look no further and go with Dick. You won't regret it.
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Posted by Javier | May 3, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Alexander was of great help
I am having problem with my insurance after a car crash because my insurance went bankrupt and Mr. Alexander gave me great legal advice.
Posted by Richard | March 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Brillant
I had a complicate case with much difficulty of prove. I contacted Richard in an attempt to see if I had a possible wrongful death/Product liability case. He was up front and explained that I have little or no options to go forward with the case. He advise was well accepted. I truly appreciated his quickness in getting back to me. Thank you Richard
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Posted by Kisti | February 17, 2017
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Considerate, helpful consultation
I contacted Mr. Alexander regarding some questions I have about environmental toxins in relation to my recent diagnosis with CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia). He has done extensive research on the link with toxins and health issues, and was a wealth of information and helpful advice. He answered me very promptly and with concern and respect.
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Posted by Eunice | September 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
When I had my accident, it was so scary and I was on so much pain. The medical bills were piling up and I didn't know what to do. I was referred to Dick Alexander by one of his employees. He was so wonderful to work with. He was kind and caring. He made sure I was ok medically and mentally. He was very informative and made sure I understood every option presented to us and we made decisions together. I highly recommend his law firm for any legal matter you need.
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Posted by Kelly | August 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Peace of Mind at last
Mr. Alexander and Associates have gone above & beyond my expections to help me since my injury. It's gives me peace of mind to always know that my attorney & everyone in his office can be easily reached at anytime & has my best interest at heart. I would be lost without them. I can't say Thank You enough
Posted by Brent | August 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Relentless
Dick and his associates are first class. We weren't sure what we we up against at first but Dick and his team were incredible to work with. Always professional yet personal. They helped keep things in perspective good and bad. Above all they were relentless in pursuit of making things as right as they could be, all things considered. I would highly recommend them to anyone and everyone I know. We have worked with them on two separate occasions, both times the experience in a rough time was more than positive.
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Posted by Brenna | August 19, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highest recommendation for this multi-talented man
Richard Alexander is a highly skilled lawyer who has provided me and members of my family with both legal advice and kind understanding that has calmed our emotions and provided a long view for making decisions. That personal support has been a treasure for me, my sister and two nieces. Genuine friendship and caring for individuals who need him come naturally to him. But more than your cheerleader, he artfully steers his clients and friends to make the best possible choices. Richard Alexander has a seemingly endless reserve of knowledge and experience that are always available to the people who are counting on him. My highest recommendation for this multi-talented man.
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Posted by Roxanne | August 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior attorney and law firm
I would highly recommend Richard Alexander. He and his team took great care of my family and I. Mr. Alexander thinks outside the box and is meticulous. My family and I filed a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit, and he was there every step of the way. He always made himself accessible. He fought for us and I couldn't thank him enough for everything he did.
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Posted by Eugene | August 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer's Lawyer
Richard Alexander listened to me, understood my pain and my anger. Dick took care of me like a brother because that is the kind of man he is. That makes him the ultimate advocate. Over my 20 years as a Superior Court judge, I have seen hundreds of lawyers in action and there are only a handful that have the heart you want to represent you. Dick is in that category. One of the few lawyers who trusts you with his cell phone number. Dick has superb forensic skills and a dynamic style, but more importantly, he is a first class lawyer who know the personal impact of litigation. For Dick my cause was his cause. He is a tenacious and aggressive with an engaging style. I came with an outstanding result because Dick is a first class lawyer and also with the friendship of a man whom I greatly respect.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Mr. Alexander.
Mr. Alexander is a professional and zealous advocate! I suffered a brain injury as the result of a car accident. After the accident I was overwhelmed - both by my injuries and by the prospect of pursuing a claim against the insurance company. I am also an attorney, however, the process felt daunting and like more than I could handle, especially while trying to manage my injuries. As soon as I began working with Mr. Alexander I knew I was in good hands. He is not only an expert in this area of the law, but also demonstrates extensive knowledge of the medical conditions which often result from motor vehicle accidents. He has worked diligently to get me evaluated by the best medical professionals in the field and has always kept me in the loop on developments in my case. I couldn't be happier with my choice to work with him as my attorney.
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Posted by Booker | August 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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injury traffic crash
We were t-boned on 101, by a kid who lost control of his Jeep. While that was quite straightforward, and we were were both admitted to emergency care for broken ribs and lacerations, one of us contracted Clostridium difficile (a virulent and very resistant intestinal bacteria) that is very hard to get, except in a hospital. Richard went far and wide in locating and consulting experts in the transmission of c. diff, and went far beyond the any reasonable expectations to find the expert physicians needed to make the case of the infection occurring in the hospital. He listens closely and fully understands all the relevant factors in a case. He is then a bulldog in relentless pursuit of the facts and evidence based on that understanding. He has my great respect and admiration.
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Posted by Carrie | October 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
My spouse and I used Richard Alexander to handle our will. Alexander and his workforce were expert, courteous and set off. We couldn't had been greater pleased. We especially recommend him and if needed will use him again.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Alexander Law Group, LLP
  • 2011 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Alexander Hawes, LLP
  • 2007 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Alexander, Hawes & Audet, LLP
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Managing Partner
  • Alexander Law Firm
  • 1992 - 1998
  • Partner
  • Alexander & Bohn
  • 1986 - 1991
  • Partner
  • The Boccardo Law Firm
  • 1974 - 1986
  • Partner
  • Lieff, Alexander & WIlcox
  • 1972 - 1974
  • Attorney
  • Belli, Ashe, Ellison, Choulos & Lieff
  • 1971 - 1972
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Education

  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1969
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1966

Legal Cases

  • Iyer v. Valley Transit Authority
  • $7,500,000 settlement with trial pending August 29, 2016
  • Timple v. Talleo
  • $500,000 recovery on a $15,000 policy
  • Kuhlmann v. Johnson & Johnson
  • $79,860,000 verdict for anus stapled shut by a defective surgical stapler
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Associations

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Best Lawyer
  • 2017 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Lifetime Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Founding Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Board of Governors
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Vice President
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Board of Governors
  • 1990 - 1994
  • State Bar of California
  • Vice President
  • 1987 - 1988
  • State Bar of California
  • Board of Governors
  • 1985 - 1988
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1984 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • SuperLawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Elite Lawyer
  • National Law Journal
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Distinguished Humanitarian Award
  • Bnai Zion Foundation
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Street Fighter of the Year Finalist
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • 2009
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Street Fighter of the Year finalist
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • 2008
  • Leading Lawyer Feature
  • San Jose Magazine
  • 2008
  • Top 100 California Lawyers
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • 2008
  • Recertified Civil Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2005
  • 20 Year Civil Trial Advocate Recognition Award
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2000
  • Recertified Civil Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 1995
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Santa Clara Center for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 1993
  • Recertified Civil Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 1990
  • First "Man of the Year"
  • The Women's Fund
  • 1987
  • Recertified Civil Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 1985
  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 1980
  • Admitted
  • International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi
  • 1969
  • National Honor Scholar
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • 1968
  • National Honor Scholar
  • University of Chiago Law School
  • 1967
  • National Honor Scholar
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • 1966
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Owens-Ilinois Scholar
  • 1966
  • Owens-Illinois Scholar
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • 1965
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • 1965
  • Owens-Illinois Scholar
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • 1964
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • N/A
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in America
  • N/A
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Who's Who in the World
  • N/A
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • N/A
  • Who's Who in the West
  • Who's Who in the West
  • N/A
  • National Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Medal of Honor
  • Santa Clara County Youth Commissioin
  • N/A
  • Debbie Cole Memorial Community Service Award
  • Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
  • N/A
  • Dedication to Workers
  • Santa Clara School of Law Community Law Center
  • N/A
  • Special Commendation
  • Pro Bono Project of Santa Clara County
  • N/A
  • Peer rated 5/5 for highest legal ability and ethical standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Rated 10/0: "Superb"
  • Avvo
  • N/A
  • "Recognized Trial Lawyer"
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • The Best Lawyers: The Valley's Sharpest Legal Minds
  • San Jose Magazine
  • N/A
  • Publisher Excellence Award
  • The Consumer Law Page
  • N/A
  • California Certification Examination Review Panel
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • N/A
  • Featured role model for community leadership efforts
  • Tom Hayes, author of You Can Make A Difference In Silicon Valley
  • N/A
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • President's Service Award
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Mayor's Commendation for Distinguished Service
  • City of San Jose
  • N/A
  • Outstanding Young Man of America Recepient
  • United States
  • N/A
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Publications

  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Abuse Prevention Education
  • 2015
  • 8 Our Toxic Times 1 Chemical Injury Network
  • Litigating Chemically Induced Cancer Cases Years Later
  • 1997
  • CTLA San Francisco Convention Handbook
  • Cutting Edge Litigation: Computer Simulation and Animation in The Courtroom - The New Wave
  • 1993
  • 22 CTLA Forum 13
  • The Cancer War Needs an Informed Public: Known Carcinogens to be Avoided
  • 1992
  • 21 CTLA Forum 357
  • A Protocol For Increasing Client Communication and Successful Case Outcomes: Replicating the Medical Model of Service Delivery ina Remedial Practice
  • 1991
  • 21 CTLA Forum 226
  • Being Media-Savy in the 90's
  • 1991
  • 21 CTLA Forum 195
  • A Developing Toxic Tort: Lumber Mills, Log Cabins, Leukemia, Lymphomas and Soft Tissue Sarcomas - The Case Against Pentachlorophrnol
  • 1991
  • 21 CTLA Forum 103
  • Ending Secrecy in Defective Product Litigation: New Federal Reporting Rule for Consumer Products
  • 1991
  • 20 CTLA Forum 299
  • Limiting the Application of Proposition 51 in Cases of Liability Based on Public Policy
  • 1990
  • 20 CTLA Forum 221
  • Proving a National Real Estate Franchisor's Joint Venture Tort Liability
  • 1990
  • 18 CTLA Forum 123
  • New Directions in Product Liability Warning Cases
  • 1988
  • 17 CTLA Forum 173
  • Civil Litigation Specialist--Time for Comment
  • 1987
  • 16 CTLA Forum 173
  • The Effect of Inflation on Damages for Future Losses
  • 1986
  • 15 CTLA Forum 290
  • The Litigation Explosion Myth and the Confusion About Court Congestion
  • 1985
  • 15 CTLA Forum 234
  • It's Time for the Bar to Meet the Press
  • 1985
  • 15 CTLA Forum 234
  • Attorney's Fees for Pro Bono Services
  • 1985
  • The Recorder
  • Why I am Proud to be a Lawyer
  • 1984
  • 21 In Brief 7
  • Ethical Considerations: Organized Labor Actions By District Attorneys and Public Defenders
  • 1984
  • 49 Brooklyn Law Review 1979
  • Admiralty, Federalism and the New York Direct Action Statute: Seaman's Rights to Enforce Jones Act Judgments
  • 1983
  • 13 CTLA Forum 338
  • Punitive Damages: Corporate Liability for the Acts of Agents and Employees
  • 1983
  • 18 Trial Magazine 74, Washington, D.C.
  • How to Harness the Information Explosion
  • 1982
  • 12 CTLA Forum 190
  • Admissibility of Experimental Evidence
  • 1982
  • 12 CTLA Forum 95
  • Product Liability Cases: A Game Plan for Success
  • 1982
  • 18 In Brief 33
  • Products Liability: Proving the Plaintiff's Case
  • 1981
  • 54 California State Bar Journal 314
  • Consumers' Rights in the Legal Marketplace
  • 1979
  • 10 Southwestern University Law Review 13
  • Privacy, Banking and the Supreme Court
  • 1978
  • 9 University of San Francisco Law Review 299
  • Arrest Record Expungement in California
  • 1974
  • 25 Hastings Law Journal 977
  • Grand Jury Indictment Versus Prosecution by Information - An Equal Protection - Due Process Issue
  • 1974
  • State Bar of California Legal Specialization Digest
  • Confidential Settlements Should Be Banned in California
  • N/A
  • California Atorneys for Criminal Justice
  • The Right to Privacy and Arrest Record Retention of the Innocent
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Belli Semimar
  • Gas Tank Proven Defective Despite 70 mph Impact
  • 2017
  • Annual Seminar
  • $79.8 Million Defective Product Verdict: The Back Story
  • 2016
  • Personal Injury 101
  • Personal Injury Top to Bottom 4 hours
  • 2013
  • Brain Injury Conference
  • Delivering our Client's Story to the Jury
  • 2013
  • Personal Injury Basics
  • Half Day with the Expert
  • 2012
  • Brain Injury for Experts and Lawyers
  • Wining as an Expert
  • 2012
  • Intensive Advocacy Program
  • Voir Dire Training
  • 2009
  • Mock Trial Invitational
  • Judging Trial Skills
  • 2009
  • Intensive Adovacy Program
  • Advocacy Workshop
  • 2008
  • Mock Trial Invitational
  • Judging Litigation Skills
  • 2008
  • Intensive Advocacy Program
  • Jury Selection
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Spinal cord injury Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer; smarter and more thorough than most of the attorneys on Avvo."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dick has a history of attaining grear results litigating back-breaking and complex cases against major insurance companies, large corporations, and public and government entities. He goes the extra mile for his clients to protect them and advocate for men and women who are wrongfully injured. He is exceptional. He shares my passion for justice, clients, and community. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Alexander is among the finest lawyers around. He is a credit to the legal profession, a true gentleman, and superb advocate for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dick is an excellent hard working honest and creative attorney who cares about his clients and gets great results."
Personal injury Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Simply the best at what he does."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"“An excellent attorney, well known and respected in the legal community. I give my highest recommendation without any reservations for this lawyer.""
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Dick has intellect, integrity, and a practical approach to his cases. He has that intangible edge present in the best lawyers. And he fights aggressively, although fairly, for his clients."
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