Richard

A. "Dick" Schwartz

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700 Milam Street, Suite 2700
Houston, TX 77002-2806

Overview

Over the past 40 years working as a successful trial lawyer, Dick has handled cases in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, New York and California, representing clients in various types of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, breach of contract, business break-ups, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, insurance, environmental, labor and employment, intellectual property, securities, personal injury and professional liability matters.

In addition to his complex commercial trial practice, Dick counsels clients and handles cases regarding employment contracts, terminations and separations, claims of discrimination and retaliation, and breach of non-competition/non-solicitation/confidentiality agreements, and theft of trade secrets. He also performs independent investigations for companies on a variety of issues. Dick is committed to finding prompt and cost effective solutions to his clients’ problems. He is known for his ability to understand complex matters; identify the key issues; and develop, execute and assess strategies to accomplish his client’s goals.

Dick counsels clients regarding contamination from legacy oil field production, industrial and refining operations. For example, he served as lead counsel for numerous parties in the Tex Tin Superfund Site litigation and in a dispute between major oil companies over legacy oil field operations in Louisiana.

Education

Admissions

Achievements

  • Garland Walker American Inn of Court (Founding Member)
  • Houston Bar Association (Fellow)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®, Peer Review Rated TM
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Thomson Reuters – Texas Super Lawyers (2007-2012; 2014-2018)
  • Woodward/White, Inc. – Best Lawyers in America, Texas’ Best Lawyers, Commercial Litigation (2008-2019); Best Lawyers in America, Texas’ Best Lawyers, Litigation – Labor and Employment (2011-2019)Best Lawyers in America, Texas’ Best Lawyers, Arbitration (2011-2019); Best Lawyers in America, Texas’ Best Lawyers, Mediation (2011-2019); Best Lawyers in America, Texas’ Best Lawyers, ADR (2007-2016)
  • Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • College of the State Bar of Texas (1993-2001)
    • District 4 State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee (Chairman District)
    • Federal Bar Association, South Texas Chapter (Board of Directors; Former President, Treasurer, Secretary and National Delegate)
    • Garland Walker Inn of Court (Board of Directors; Current Executive Director)
    • Houston Bar Association Houston Lawyer Referral Service (Board of Trustees, 2010-2011)
    • Houston Bar Association Speakers Bureau
    • National Inns of Court Foundation (Fifth Circuit Trustee, 2007-2015)
    • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Member, 2000-Present; Committee to Revise the ADR Rules of the Local Rules; Standing ADR Panel)

Overview

Over the past 40 years working as a successful trial lawyer, Dick has handled cases in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, New York and California, representing clients in various types of disputes, including complex commercial litigation, breach of contract, business break-ups, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, insurance, environmental, labor and employment, intellectual property, securities, personal injury and professional liability matters.

In addition to his complex commercial trial practice, Dick counsels clients and handles cases regarding employment contracts, terminations and separations, claims of discrimination and retaliation, and breach of non-competition/non-solicitation/confidentiality agreements, and theft of trade secrets. He also performs independent investigations for companies on a variety of issues. Dick is committed to finding prompt and cost effective solutions to his clients’ problems. He is known for his ability to understand complex matters; identify the key issues; and develop, execute and assess strategies to accomplish his client’s goals.

Dick counsels clients regarding contamination from legacy oil field production, industrial and refining operations. For example, he served as lead counsel for numerous parties in the Tex Tin Superfund Site litigation and in a dispute between major oil companies over legacy oil field operations in Louisiana.

Experience

  • Business Litigation

    Representing plaintiffs in a suit seeking more than $150 MM for breach of contract, breach of trust, fraudulent transfer and promissory estoppel. Carlo Civelli and Aster Capital S.A.

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  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty

    Represented the beneficiaries of an estate in a claim against the Trustee. Won a $30 MM jury verdict in client’s favor. Susan Maxwell, et. al. v. Lester Crown, et. al. U.S. District

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  • Business Litigation

    Represented plaintiffs and obtained a $22 MM jury verdict in a suit for land fraud. Baker’s Port, Inc. v. National Steel Corp., 36th District Court of San Patricio County, Texas.

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