Rich is a litigator and trial lawyer who advises clients in complex commercial litigation in Texas. The core of his practice consists of litigating disputes involving claims for breach of contract and indemnity obligations, directors’ and officers’ liability, deceptive trade practices, fraud, tortious interference and other business torts. He is also experienced in maritime, personal injury, environmental, insurance, employment and product liability litigation.
Rich has tried numerous different types of cases in state and federal court. He has also successfully briefed and argued both state and federal appeals. Rich represents a number of domestic and international clients in the oil and gas industry, including both onshore and offshore operators, drilling contractors and service companies.
Rich has also represented numerous clients in other industries as well, including manufacturing, construction, transportation, insurance and financial services. In addition to advising clients on litigation, Rich provides strategic business counsel. This often includes working with clients on training, safety, investigations, emergency response and policies and procedures.
Assisting an exploration company realize a substantial recovery for breaches of purchase and sale agreements for oil and gas properties.
Assisting a domestic operator and drilling contractor in connection with various claims arising out of a well destroyed by dropped casing.
Assisting a foreign operator in recovering for damages and lost production in connection with a well blowout incident.
Assisting large onshore and offshore drilling contractors in defending against catastrophic personal injury claims and handling associated indemnity issues.
Assisting an investment firm in obtaining and collecting upon judgments against various defendants involved in an oil and gas investment.
Assisting a Thai defense contractor in recovering for various claims in connection with multi-million dollar Asian defense procurements.
Assisting a large financial services company in successfully defending consumer and mortgage-related claims.
Assisting a transportation company in resolving various cargo, freight, competition, and lien issues arising out of operations.
University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2000
Brigham Young University, B.A., 1997
Houston’s Top Lawyers List, Houstonia Magazine, Civil Law Litigation, 2022
Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Business Litigation 2006-2007, 2012-2014
Benchmark Litigation® Future Star, 2010
Benchmark Litigation® Local Litigation Star, Texas, since 2011