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Richard A. Schwartz 
Managing Partner
phone 713-752-0017
877-752-2477
fax 713-752-0327
email dschwartz@sjgolaw.com

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 Organization:
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, 1979
J.D.


University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1975
B.A.


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 Taught:
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 in America, Recognized by Best Lawyers, 2003 - 2014


The Best in America, ADR, 2007 - 2014


The Best in America, Commercial Litigation, 2008 - 2014


The Best in America, Labor and Employment, 2011 - 2014


The Best in America, Arbitration , 2011 - 2014


The Best in America, Mediation , 2011 - 2014


Best Attorneys in Texas, 2012


Professional Associations and Memberships:
Garland Walker American Inn of Court, 1993 - 2002
Executive Director


Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter
Board Member


College of State Bar of Texas, 1993 - 2001


District 4J State Bar of Texas, 1998 - 2003
Member, Grievance Committee


District 4J State Bar of Texas, 2000 - 2003
Chairman, Grievance Committee


State Bar of Texas
Member


American Bar Association
Member


Houston Bar Association, 1989 - 1990
Secretary


Houston Bar Association, 1989 - 1990
Consumer Law Section


Houston Bar Association, 2000
Appellate Section's Committee on Appellate Delay Reduction


Houston Bar Association, 2010 - 2011
Board of Trustees, Houston Lawyer Referral Service


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), 2000 - Present
Member


Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, 1996 - 1997
Treasurer & Director


Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, 1997 - 1998
Secretary & Director


Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, 1998 - 1999
President Elect & Director


Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, 2000
President


Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, 2001
National Delegate


Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter, 2001 - 2005
Director


College of the State Bar of Texas, 1993 - 2001


Garland Walker Inn, 1993 - Present
Member and Executive Committee


American Inns of Court Foundation, 2007 - Present
Fifth Circuit Trustee


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
Birth Information:
1953, Galveston, Texas, United States of America

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 in America":
William Junell, Jr. – Commercial Litigation 1999-2014
Richard Schwartz – ADR 2007-2011, Commercial Litigation 2008-2014, Labor and Employment 2011-2014, Arbitration 2011-2014, Mediation 2011-2014

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

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