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Richard Schechter



  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
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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).


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)

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