Richard Schechter formed The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. in 1986, after six years in private practice. In his thirty-eight years of practice he has been responsible for developing and trying the full range of complex civil cases, including Jones Act and maritime litigation, FELA and other federal statutory claims, product liability and medical negligence cases, all types of personal injury cases, employment discrimination cases, and business disputes, including claims for fraud, tortious interference with contract and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act. During his career Richard has represented the full range of clients, from refinery and railroad workers, seamen and longshoremen to judges, oil exploration and refinery executives and bankers. He has started over 120 jury trials and tried over 80 to a verdict in federal courts in the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas and Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana, as well as in state district courts across Texas and in California. In addition to the cases he has tried, Richard has represented clients in state and federal courts across Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. His clients have ranged from as far away as Europe, Asia, South America and across the United States to as close as Houston, Galveston and Beaumont. In addition to his trial work, Richard has also handled numerous appeals, including two before the Texas Supreme Court and one before the Fifth Circuit en banc, in addition to having served as a law clerk for The Honorable Sam Johnson, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His knowledge of the law is highly respected, and he has served as an adjunct professor of Admiralty and Maritime Law, spoken to lawyers around the United States about both the law and trial strategies and testified before committees of both the United States House of Representatives and Senate regarding pending legislation. Richard Schechter has been selected as a Texas SuperLawyer® every year since the award was initiated by Law & Politics (now a Thomson Reuters service).
LEGAL EDUCATION AND HONORS
- University of Texas School of Law (J.D. with honors, 1979)
- Order of the Coif
- Order of the Barristers
- Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School
- Lecturer in Legal Research and Writing as a Third Year Student
- Rice University (B.A., 1976)
- President’s Honor Roll
- Who’s Who In Colleges & Universities
- Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
- Certified Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocates.
FEDERAL APPELLATE COURT OPINIONS:
- U.S. Fire Ins. Co. v. Villegas, 242 F.3d 279 (5th Cir. 2001)
- Williams v. M/V SONORA, 985 F.2d 808 (5th Cir. 1993)
- Texas Employer’s Ins. Ass’n v. Jackson, 862 F.2d 491 (5th Cir.1988)(en banc)
- Texas Employer’s Insurance Association v. Jackson, 820 F.2d 1406 (5th Cir. 1987)
- McClelland Engineers, Inc. v. Munusamy, 784 F.2d 1313 (5th Cir. 1986)
- Bobo v. ITT, Continental Bakery, 662 F.2d 340 (5th Cir. 1981)
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT OPINIONS
- Turner v. Suzlon Wind Energy Corp. 2009 WL 1651550 (S.D. Tex. 2009)
- Nagle v. GOM Shelf, LLC, 2005 WL 1515439 (S.D. Tex. 2005)
- Gonzalez v. P.T. Pelangi Niagra Mitra Int’l, 196 F.Supp.2d 482 (S.D. Tex. 2002)
- Hucker v. City of Beaumont, 147 F.Supp.2d 565 (E.D. Tex. 2001)
- Hucker v. City of Beaumont, 144 F.Supp.2d 696 (E.D. Tex. 2001)
- Webb v. Ensco Marine, 135 F.Supp.2d 756 (E.D. Tex 2001)
- Webb v. Ensco Marine, 121 F.Supp.2d 1049 (E.D. Tex 2000)
- LeBlanc v. United States, 732 F.Supp. 1316 (E.D. Tex. 1990)
- Texas Employer’s Insurance Association v. Jackson, 618 F. Supp. 1316 (E.D. Tex. 1985)
TEXAS SUPREME COURT:
- St. John v. Pope, 901 S.W.2d 420 (Tex. 1995)
- Brownsville Nav. Dist. v. Izaguirre, 829 S.W.2d 159 (Tex. 1992)
- Brown v. Martin Gas Sales, Inc., 1991 WL 105539 (Tex., Jun 19, 1991)
TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS:
- Irika Shipping S.A. v. Henderson, 2014 WL 7183961 (Tex. App.-Beaumont 2014)
- In re Brou, 2004 WL 1946085 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2004)
- In re Tenet Healthcare, Ltd., 2003 WL 22455313 (Tex. App.-Beaumont 2003)
- Samples v. Graham, 76 S.W.3d 615 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi 2002)
- Hanson v. Republic Ins. Co., 5 S.W.3d 324 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st District] 1999)
- Texas Farmers Ins. Co. v. Deville, 988 S.W.2d 331 (Tex. App.-Houston 1999)
- Shockey v. A.F.P., Inc., 905 S.W.2d 629 (Tex.App.-Hous. (14 Dist.), 1995)
- Arceneaux v. Lykes Bros. S.S. Co., 898 S.W.2d 313, (Tex.App.-Beaumont 1995)
- Arceneaux v. Lykes Bros. S.S. Co., Inc., 890 S.W.2d 191, (Tex.App.-Beaumont 1995)
- Prescott v. Kroger Co., 877 S.W.2d 373 (Tex.App.-Hous. (1 Dist.), 1994)
- Pope v. St. John, 862 S.W.2d 657 (Tex.App.-Austin)
- Wilkins v. Reisman, 803 S.W.2d 822 (Tex.App.-Hous. (14 Dist.) 1991)
- Brownsville Nav. Dist. v. Izaguirre, 800 S.W.2d 244 (Tex.App. Corpus Christi, 1990)
SELECTED LECTURES AND PUBLICATIONS
Selected Lectures Given
- The International Safety Management Code and Its Impact on Maritime Litigation, American Association for Justice Annual Convention, July 2015.
- Recent Developments in Maritime Law, American Trial Lawyers’ Association Annual Convention, July 1999.
- Settlements of Third-Party Actions by Plaintiffs Covered by the Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act; University of Texas Admiralty & Maritime Law Conference, September 1997.
- Thoughts on Opening and Closing Statements, Texas Association of Defense Counsel 1997 Young Lawyers Seminar, June 1997.
- The Keys to Opening Statement; University of Houston Trial Tactics Seminar, December 1996.
- Outer Continental Shelf Platform Law—Texas; Tulane University Law School Fall Maritime Law Seminar; September 1996.
- Update on 905(b); State Bar of Texas Admiralty and Maritime Law Course; March 1996.
- The Ten Commandments of Opening Statements; University of Houston Trial Tactics Seminar, December 1995.
- Demonstrative Evidence on a Budget; University of Houston Advanced Evidence and Discovery Institute, August 1994 and December 1994.
- 905(b) Developments Post-Scindia: Plaintiff’s Perspective; State Bar of Texas Admiralty and Maritime Law Institute, April 1994.
- Seaman Status; American Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention, July 1993.
- Forum Shopping Texas Style: Removal and Resisting Removal; University of Texas Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference, October 1992.
- Handling a Maritime Case—Plaintiff’s Perspective; Houston Marine Insurance Seminar, September 1992.
- Trying a Maritime Case: Plaintiff’s Perspective; State Bar of Texas Admiralty-Maritime Law Seminar, October 1991.
- Limitation of Liability—Now and in the Future; American Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention, July 1991.
- A Practitioner’s Guide to Venue and Jurisdiction; South Texas College of Law Motion Advocacy Seminar, May 1991.
- Handling the Third-Party Suit Under the LHWCA—Plaintiff’s Perspective; Houston Claims Association Seminar, March 1991.
- Longshoremen’s Third-Party Suits—The Standard of Care Under Section 905(b); American Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention, July 1990.
- Discovery and Proof in Punitive Damage Cases— Plaintiff’s Perspective; State Bar of Texas Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Institute, March 1990.
- Longshoremen’s Third-Party Suits—The Standard of Care Under Section 905(b); American Trial Lawyers Association’s Admiralty Law Seminar, October 1989.
- Fact Witnesses – Preparation and Examination; Houston Bar Association Trial Practice and Procedure Serialized Institute, February 1989.
- Bad-Faith Actions in Worker’s Compensation Claims; American Trial Lawyers Association’s Annual Convention, July 1987.
- Demonstrative Evidence; Texas Trial Lawyers Basic Trial Seminar, December 1986.
Legal Articles Written
- Damages in Maritime Death Actions; 19 Trial Lawyers Forum No. 1 (July-September 1983).
- Use of Demonstrative Aids in the Trial of a Lawsuit; 21 Trial Lawyers Forum No. 3 (1987).
- Burden of Proving Future Lost Earning Capacity; 1 Maritime Law Reporter, p.8 (June 1987).
- Forklifts-Unsafe at Any Speed; 23 Trial No. 11 (November 1987).
- Suing the Insurance Carrier for Bad Faith Handling of Workers Compensation Claims; 24 Trial No. 12 (December 1988).