Gwen E. Richard

Principal & Co – Managing Partner

Gwen is a trial attorney with more than 28 years of experience representing companies and individuals in state and federal courts. She has tried dozens of cases to verdict and earned Board Certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. Gwen is distinguished by her robust case assessments and risk evaluations, her nimble approach to trial strategy and her ability to get up to speed quickly on complex issues. She thrives in a courtroom and her deliberate, authentic style of advocacy has proven compelling for both judges and juries. Gwen’s defense clients benefit from the strategic insight she honed during two decades as a go-to plaintiffs’ attorney on challenging matters.

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Representative Reported Cases
  • Business Litigation
  • General Liability
  • Represented large oil field services company in all phases of Deepwater Horizon litigation in Eastern District of Louisiana resulting from the BP Oil Spill, leading the litigation team in Phase Two of the litigation
  • Recently represented manufacturer in Southern District of Texas Federal Court in contractual lawsuit involving downhole tools used for hydraulic fracturing; obtained favorable jury verdict in January 2016
  • Recently represented oil field services company in Texas State Court in contractual lawsuit involving chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
  • Recently represented oil field services company in contractual lawsuit in Texas State Court involving downhole tools used in hydraulic fracturing
  • Recently represented large national industrial distributor as plaintiff with regard to non-compete/non-solicitation agreements; obtained settlement
  • AIDS Foundation Houston Board Member
  • Chamber Orchestra Board Member, President
  • Girls, Inc., Former Board Member
  • Houston Adventure Play Association, Former Board Member
  • Texas
  • United States District Courts: Southern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit
  • University of London, Kings College, LLM, International Business Law, 1989
  • University of Houston Law Center, JD, 198
  • Rice University, BA, 1985
  • English
  • American Board of Trial Advocates: Houston Chapter President (2017), Current National Board Representative, and Current Houston Chapter Representative to the Foundation
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow; Former Vice Chair of the Board
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Association of Women Attorneys: Judicial Screening Committee
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Rice University Lawyer Alumni Association: Founding Board Member
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Former President
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Former President
  • Rated an AV® PreeminentrM lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, representing recognition of the highest level of professional excellence
  • Earned “Superb” 10.0-Rating from A WO
  • Selected as a Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, Texas by Super Lawyers, annually since 2006
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants, 2016 – 2018
  • Best Lawyers in Houston, H Texas Magazine, 2012 – 2015
  • Presenter, “The Use and Impact of Bellwether Trials in Multidistrict Litigation,”
  • State of Texas 33rdAnnual Advanced Personal Injury Law Seminar (2017)
  • Presenter, “Sensitive Legal Issues in Higher Education—Title IX”, Louisiana Higher Education Group (December 2016)
  • Frequent Lecturer and Author for CLE Programs for Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association
  • Presenter, Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Mississippi, 2010; Houston, Texas, 2010; South Carolina, 2010; Louisiana,
  • 2013; Germany, 2014; Dallas, Texas, 2018
  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1997

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