Richard A. Schwartz

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Offices Houston
Phone 713.588.7016
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Dick is a partner in the Vorys Houston office and a member of the litigation group.  He has tried over 60 cases in many forums in the United States. Over the past 35 years working as a successful trial lawyer, Dick has handled cases in many states, including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, New York, and California, and many kinds of disputes, including commercial litigation, energy, 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 has a significant employment law practice. He counsels clients and handles cases regarding employment contracts, terminations, and separations, claims of discrimination and retaliation, breach of non-competition/non-solicitation/confidentiality agreements, theft of trade secrets. He also regularly performs independent investigations for companies on a variety of issues. Dick is committed to finding prompt and cost effective solutions to the client's problems. He is known for his ability to understand complex matters, identify the key questions and issues, and develop, execute, and assess strategies to accomplish the client's goals.

Dick has a significant environmental law practice. He counsels clients and handles cases regarding contamination from legacy oil field production, industrial and refining operations. For example, he has been 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.

During his career, Dick has held several leadership positions in the Federal Bar Association’s South Texas Chapter including serving as the Chapter’s president, treasurer, secretary and national delegate.  He is also a member of numerous other professional organizations. Dick has been a member of the Garland Walker Inn of Court since 1987, and serves on its board. He was the executive director for 9 years. Additionally, Dick served as the Fifth Circuit Trustee on the National Inns of Court Foundation from 2007-2015. He is a fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation. He was chairman and member of the District 4J State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee.

Dick has authored and lectured at numerous legal education programs. He has written papers and given lectures on such subjects as expert discovery, corporate investigations, legal privileges, maritime law and ethics.  He has also recently completed Harvard Law School’s program on Negotiation and Leadership and the University of Houston A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center’s comprehensive course in Commercial Arbitration (Domestic and International) and obtained a certificate in Advanced Arbitration Skills.

Dick received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and his B.A. from the University of Texas.

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