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Richard A. Schwartz

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Managing Partner
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-752-0017
877-752-2477
Fax:
713-752-0327
Email:

Richard ("Dick") Austin Schwartz has tried over 60 cases in many forums in the United States. Over the past 34 years, he has gained extensive knowledge regarding the business of oil and gas exploration, production, and refining. He has investigated and handled significant matters arising from refinery fires and explosions and well control events at drilling locations. Dick has taken industry courses in refining, refinery economics, and well control and holds the IADC certification for well control at the supervisor level. In addition to his complex commercial trial practice, Dick has a significant employment law practice. He counsels clients and handles cases regarding employment contracts, terminations, and separations, claims of discrimination and retaliation, breach of non-competition/non-solicitation/confidentiality agreements, theft of trade secrets. He also regularly performs independent investigations for companies on a variety of issues. Dick is committed to finding prompt and cost effective solutions to the client's problems. He is known for his ability to understand complex matters, identify the key questions and issues, and develop, execute, and assess strategies to accomplish the client's goals.

Dick is a member of numerous professional organizations. He has been a member of the Garland Walker Inn of Court since 1987, and serves on its board. He was the executive director for 9 years. Additionally, Dick is the Fifth Circuit Trustee on the National Inns of Court Foundation. Dick was the President of the Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter in 2000. He is a fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation. He was chairman and member of the District 4J State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee. Dick has authored and lectured at numerous legal education programs. He has written papers and given lectures on such subjects as expert discovery, corporate investigations, legal privileges, and ethics.
 
Before going into private practice, Dick served two years as a briefing attorney for Hugh Gibson, a federal district court judge.

Dick is also a certified flight instructor for single and multi-engine airplanes and instruments and an avid bicycle rider.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1990

Areas of Practice

  • Energy
  • Complex Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Maritime
  • Product Liability, particularly re oil field equipment

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1979
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1975

Published Works

  • Expert Discovery
  • How To Give Your Deposition
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Lawyers Get Disbarred.
  • Ethics Jeopardy

Representative Cases

  • McLaughlin v. Amoco Shipping Co.; U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • Piggly Wiggly Clarksville, Inc. et al. v. Mrs. Baird's Bakeries, Inc., et al; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Paris Division)
  • Mandy L. Graham, Ind. and as next of friend of Jazmine Graham and Rebecca Graham, Minor Children and Laura Rice-Baker v. Prostaff, Inc. a/k/a Pro Source, Inc., BP Amoco Corporation a/k/a BP Corporation North America, Inc. Charlie George Klentz, Jr. and Ruth Ann Ragsdale; 278th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Gary Kussman (Individually and as Representative and Heir), et al v. Rafael Arias, Ace Transportation, Inc., Hydril Company, Tuboscope Pipeline Services, Inc; 80th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Susan Maxwell, et. al. v. Lester Crown, et. al.; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles Division)
  • Baker's Port, Inc. v. National Steel Corp.; 36th District Court of San Patricio County, Texas
  • Polychem International Cable Company, Inc. v. Hitachi Cable Ltd.; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • Baker Energy Resources Corporation v. Amerada Hess Corporation; 80th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Becon Construction Co. v. City of Houston; 129th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • BP Products North America Inc. v. JV Industrial; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • BP Products North America Inc. v. International Maintenance Corporation; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • Celanese Ltd. f/k/a Hoechst Celanese Chemical Group, Ltd. vs. Chemical Waste Management, Inc., and Waste Management Industrial Services, Inc.; 269th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Felicia May v. Duke Energy Corporation; 334th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Betty Hackworth v. Rothe Development, Inc.; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Galveston Division)
  • W. W. Lore v. Amoco Chemical Company; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Galveston Division)
  • EEOC v. Amoco Chemical Company; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • Amoco Chemical Company v. United States of America, et. al; U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Galveston Division)
  • Marathon Oil Company and Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC vs. Texas City Terminal Railway Company d/b/a; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Galveston Division)
  • Bodman v. Offshore Casing Crews; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • Texaco v. Circle Drilling; 55th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Ella Dyson, Individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of Roderick Briggs, Deceased, and As Next Friend of Kedrick Mitchell and Keirria Mitchell, Minors vs. BP Amoco Corporation, et. al.; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Galveston Division)
  • In the matter of Parker Drilling Offshore USA, LLC; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans Division)
  • Dorothy Flanagan, as Guardian of Greg Flanagan v. BP Corporation North America, Inc. f/k/a BP Amoco Corp.; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Victoria Division)
  • Nexen Petroleum U.S.A., Inc., et al. v. Allis-Chalmers Rental Services LLC F/K/A Allis-Chalmers Rental Services, Inc., et al.; 15th Judicial District Court of Vermillion Parish
  • Karrie Traweek, Sr., Intervenors v. Pride International Inc.; 270th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Baker Energy Resources Corporation, Debtors, Reading & Bates Construction Co., et al v. Baker Energy Resources Corp., et al; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (Corpus Christi Division)
  • Reading & Bates Construction Co., et al. v. Baker Energy Resources Corporation, et al.; 15th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Reading & Bates Horizontal Drilling Ltd. v. Baker Energy Resources Corporation
  • Coleman v. BP Amoco Corporation, et. al; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Galveston Division)
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital v. Corporate Plan Management, Inc., SAI Plus L.L.C. f/k/a SAI Plus Health Plan, L.L.C, and United Staffing & Associates, Inc.; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • Children's Medical Center of Dallas v. Southwestern Assemblies of God University, et al; 134th Judicial District of Dallas County, Texas
  • Christensen v. Integrity Insurance Co.; 269th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Dixie Carriers v. Compass Insurance Co.; 11th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Wilson & Perseo, Inc. v. Imperial Casualty & Indemnity Co.; 98th District Court of Travis County, Texas
  • NuWay v. Rollins Hudig Hall; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Fort Worth Division)
  • BP America Production Company v. BGP International, Inc. and One Beacon Insurance Company; 269th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas
  • Anna McGinnis v. Arco Pipe Line Co.; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • Century Papers, Inc. v. Maltz Paper & Chemical, Inc.; 269th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Rollins Hudig Hall v. Crawford; District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Brewski Beer Co., Inc. v. Brewski Brothers, Inc.; United States Patent and Trademark Office Before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Comstock & Company, Inc. v. A & L Underground, Inc.; United States District Court of Kansas
  • W. A. Neel Company, Inc., et al vs. Kaldair, Inc., et al; 71st Judicial Court of Harrison County, Texas
  • NLRB vs. Amoco Chemical Company; National Labor Relations Board
  • Randall Eric Soule, James Harold Greenhalgh and John Phillip Solaro v. Quanta Services, Inc., and Network Electric Company; American Arbitration Association, Los Angeles, California
  • The Estate of Megan Ashley Rifenburgh, et al vs. Amoco Corporation, et al; 11th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Holly Ann Wright, et al v. Helibol, S.R.L., et al; 334th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Bechtel Investments vs. Lear Petroleum, et al.; 333rd District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Terry W. Green and Joel R. Carter, Sr. v. Gulfside Casino, Inc., et al; Chancery Court of Harris County, Mississippi
  • Marquez v. Amoco Production; 11th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Papke v. Krueger Engineering & Manufacturing; 189th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Nabors Drilling USA v. Hydril Company, et.al; 234th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Jason Peppers v. Aries Marine Corporation, Hydril Company, LP, and Hydril Company; United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana (Monroe Division)
  • NFT v. Deloitte and Touche; 113th District Court of Harris County, Texas
  • Micogen, Inc., Micogen Limited I, Inc. and Micogen Limited II, Inc. v. El Paso Midland, Inc. and El Paso Micogen Partner, Inc.; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston Division)
  • ConocoPhillips, ConocoPhillips Company (Successor to Phillips Petroleum Company, Phillips Gas Pipeline Company and Seagas Pipeline Company) v. BP Amoco Seaway Products Pipeline Company; 55th Judicial District Court Harris County, Texas

Classes/Seminars

  • How to Prepare for Your Deposition
  • Expert Discovery Under New Rules
  • Insurance Coverage and Disputes
  • Legal Privileges
  • Corporate Investigations
  • CLE Lecturer, University of Houston CLE, Houston Claims Association, Houston Bar Association, Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association, and other Organizations

Honors and Awards

  • Founding Fellow, American Inns of Court
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Recognized by Best Lawyers, 2003 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, ADR, 2007 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2008 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment, 2011 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Arbitration , 2011 - 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Mediation , 2011 - 2015
  • Best Attorneys in Texas, 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Garland Walker American Inn of Court, Executive Director, 1993 - 2002
  • Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, Board Member
  • College of State Bar of Texas, 1993 - 2001
  • District 4J State Bar of Texas, Member, Grievance Committee, 1998 - 2003
  • District 4J State Bar of Texas, Chairman, Grievance Committee, 2000 - 2003
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Secretary, 1989 - 1990
  • Houston Bar Association, Consumer Law Section, 1989 - 1990
  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate Section's Committee on Appellate Delay Reduction, 2000
  • Houston Bar Association, Board of Trustees, Houston Lawyer Referral Service, 2010 - 2011
  • Committee to Revise the ADR Rules of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and Standing ADR Panel (responsible for approval of mediators on court's approved list), Member, 2000 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, Treasurer & Director, 1996 - 1997
  • Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, Secretary & Director, 1997 - 1998
  • Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, President Elect & Director, 1998 - 1999
  • Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, President, 2000
  • Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, National Delegate, 2001
  • Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, Director, 2001 - 2005
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 1993 - 2001
  • Garland Walker Inn, Member and Executive Committee, 1993 - Present
  • American Inns of Court Foundation, Fifth Circuit Trustee, 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, 1979 - 2007

Past Employment Positions

  • Federal District Judge Hugh Gibson, Briefing Attorney, 1979 - 1981
  • Eastham, Watson, Dale & Forney, 1981 - 1984
  • Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges, Houston, Texas, Partner, Head of Litigation, 6/84-1/90, 1985 - 1990
  • Schwartz, Junell, Greenberg & Oathout, L.L.P., Houston, Texas, Founding Partner, 2/90 - Present
  • Eastham, Watson, Dale & Forney, Houston, Texas, Associate engaged in Maritime, 10/81-5/84
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division, Briefing Attorney for Federal District Judge, Hugh Gibson, 10/79-9/81

Pro Bono Activities

  • Southwest YMCA Youth Soccer Coach, 1998 - 2002
  • University of Houston Mentor Program for first year Law Students
  • Fund Raising for Various Charities

Office Location

Schwartz, Junell,
Greenberg & Oathout, LLP

Two Houston Center
909 Fannin Street, Suite 2700
Houston, Texas 77010

713-752-0017 Telephone
877-752-2477 Toll Free
713-752-0327 Fax

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Awards & Affiliations

  • lexis Nexis
  • Super Lawyers
  • International Alliance Of Law Firms
  • The Best Lawyers In America
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2013 & 2014 Best Lawyers | BEST LAW FIRMS | U.S. News
  • USA | 2014


* These attorneys were recognized by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service:
David Finck - 2006
Roger Greenberg - 2007-2011
William Junell, Jr. - 2003-2013
Heather Kabele - 2008-2011
Steven Rech - – Rising Star 2004 - 2005,Super Lawyer 2012, 2013
Richard Schwartz - 2003-2014


** These attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers as among "The Best Lawyers in America":
William Junell, Jr. – Commercial Litigation 1999-2015
Richard Schwartz – ADR 2007-2015, Commercial Litigation 2008-2015, Labor and Employment 2011-2015, Arbitration 2011-2015, Mediation 2011-2015
Steven Rech - Commercial Litigation 2015
Roger Greenberg - Commercial Litigation 2015

*** Monica Oathout is listed as a Notable Texas Labor & Employment Attorney in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA

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