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James Richards is a trusted and experienced advocate and advisor for his clients with a focus on construction law and commercial litigation. James is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Construction Law and was selected to the Texas Rising Stars list in 2018, 2019, and 2020. James is also a Member in the State Bar College, serves as a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow, and was named to the Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list for 2021.
James has represented individuals and corporations in a variety of matters ranging from defective construction, to business disputes, to real estate, to director and officer liability. His trial experience includes both jury and bench trials. Additionally, James has significant experience representing property owners associations, contractors, developers, energy companies, and business owners throughout the State of Texas.
James received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with highest honors (summa cum laude) and his J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law, cum laude. While in law school, he was nominated for the Judge John Kennedy Scholarship for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School, received several moot court awards, earned Dean’s List recognition, and was an active participant in the Legal Clinic Program. Through his work in the clinic program, James tried a case in Dallas County Court at Law to a jury verdict while still in law school. He also served as Articles Editor for SMU’s International Law review, was named a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, and served as a legal intern for the State of Texas Attorney General’s Office.