Robert E. Richardson Jr.
Robert Earl Richardson, Jr. is a native of Sherman, Texaseducated in Sherman Public Schools and earning his bachelor's degree from Austin College in Sherman. He completed his legal education at SMU School of Law in Dallas. His competition instincts were honed as a varsity football player at Sherman High and at Austin College, where he was a member of the only Austin College football team to play in a post-season bowl. His law school flag football team won the SMU championship, and he won the SMU Open Handball Championship in 1965.
He returned to Sherman in 1965 to commence his law practice. His trial skills were noted, and in 1969, he accepted an appointment as First Assistant District Attorney in Grayson County, where he served for the next four years as Chief Felony Prosecutor. He tried six capital murder cases during that period, obtaining death sentence verdicts in five and a 300 year sentence in the sixth. He won over 95% of all the cases he prosecuted, obtaining a number of life sentences in non-capital cases.
In the years after the prosecutor's office, he has tried scores of civil cases in both state and federal courts, and has exhaustive appellate experience in both state and federal courts. He has brought eight cases to the United States Supreme Court. He has extensive experience in state and federal appellate courts, including:
1. Martin v. Estelle, 691 F.2d 202 (5th Cir. 1982), cert. denied, 460 U. S. 1024 (1983) (seeking to apply collateral estoppel doctrine in criminal proceedings);
2. Jaco v. State, 646 S.W.2d 278 (Tex. App.Dallas 1983, no pet.) (establishing client's innocence of diamond theft based upon State's inability to establish, through expert testimony, the existence of a diamond);
3. City of Sherman, et al v. Caylor & O'Toole, No. 05-88-01305-CV (Tex. App.Dallas 1990, no writ) (upholding whistleblower/civil rights judgment in favor of police officers, resulting in overhaul of police and city management);
4. City of Sherman v. Henry, 910 S.W.2d 542 (Tex. App.Dallas 1995), rev'd 928 S.W.2d 464 (Tex. 1996), cert. denied, 519 U. S. 1156 (1997) (involving constitutionally protected privacy rights of police officers and other public employees); and
5. Hill v. State, No. 05-00-0046-CR (Tex. App.Dallas 2001, pet. ref'd), cert. denied, 536 U. S. 929 (2002) (challenging the constitutionality of the Texas "key man" system in selecting grand jurors).
He has obtained in excess of ten million dollars in personal injury and wrongful death cases; has extensive experience litigating against insurance companies; and has tried more than 200 jury trials to completion.
He has tried a number of high-profile cases against the City of Sherman, representing police officers who were illegally discriminated against. He has successfully represented city police officers in whistleblower cases and civil service discrimination matters.
His extensive experience in land condemnation cases resulted in his appointment to a Federal quasi-judicial position as Chairman of the Lake Ray Roberts Condemnation Commission, where he heard over 20 contested eminent domain cases.
His son joined the firm in 1998, after graduating from Texas Tech Law School, where he held a full scholarship throughout his years there, and where he served as a casenote/comment editor of the Texas Tech Law Journal.
The law firm continues in the mold formulated by the elder partner's 40+ years of practice, offering broad experience in criminal and civil trials and appeals, but also representing clients in many other areas, including:
(a) divorce, custody and other family law matters requiring seasoned litigators;
(b) handling the day-to-day legal affairs of over two dozen local corporations;
(c) handling will and trust drafting, probate of decedent's estates, and general estate planning;
(d) handling real estate transaction and litigating in real property disputes.
The father/son (older/younger partners) team acknowledged notable success in trying cases together. In mid-2005, they obtained the first "not guilty" jury verdict in a Grayson County murder case in more than a quarter-century. Shortly after law school graduation and joining the firm, the partners teamed up to obtain an all-time Grayson County record for the lightest punishment assessed by a district court felony jury in Grayson County's historya $60.00 fine. With a half-century of combined trial experience, the firm is comfortable in any courtroom setting and in handling products liability claims against manufacturers, accidents resulting in serious personal injuries or death, state and federal criminal cases, divorce and child custody litigation, will contests, and all phases of business and commercial litigation.
The Richardson Law Firm had never advertised through 2005, when a juror in the aforementioned murder case, after the case was over, strongly suggested that a law firm with such experience and skill should definitely make the public aware of its existence.
The elder partner has prided himself on being a "country lawyer," with the skill, experience and expertise to handle whatever problem a client may have. His son is now joining in carrying on that tradition.
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