Gwen E. Richard

Gwen is a dynamic trial attorney with over 28 years of experience successfully representing companies and individuals in state and federal courts. She has tried dozens of cases to verdict and earned Board Certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, Gwen is distinguished by her robust case assessments and risk evaluations, her nimble approach to trial strategy, and her ability to get up to speed quickly on complex issues. Gwen thrives in a courtroom, and her deliberate, authentic style of advocacy has proven compelling for both judges and juries. Gwen's defense clients have benefited from the strategic insight she honed during two decades as a go-to plaintiffs' attorney on challenging matters.

Gwen also has a strong track record of professional leadership and civic service. She has served as Vice Chair of the Houston Bar Foundation and as President of both the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation. Gwen has also been an elected member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) since 2003, serving as Houston Chapter President in 2017 and as current ABOTA National Board Representative and Houston Chapter Representative to the ABOTA Foundation. She has been rated AV "Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell for over 15 years and has been listed annually since 2006 by Thomson Reuters as a Texas Super Lawyer. She has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants in 2016 and 2017.

Gwen is the President of the Board of CONTEXT Chamber Orchestra; she also serves as a member of the board of the AIDS Foundation Houston. She has previously served on the boards of Girls, Inc. and the Houston Adventure Play Association.

Education

  • University of London, Kings College, LL.M, 1989; International Business Law
  • University of Houston Law Center, JD, 1988
  • Rice University, BA, 1985

Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States District Courts: Southern District of Texas, Northern District of Texas, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit

Professional Activities

  • ABOTA: Houston Chapter President (2017), Current National Board Representative, and Current Houston Chapter Representative to the Foundation
  • Houston Bar Foundation: Fellow; Former Vice Chair of the Board
  • Texas Bar Foundation: Fellow
  • Association of Women Attorneys: Judicial Screening Committee
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Rice University Lawyer Alumni Association: Founding Board Member
  • Houston Bar Association

Presentations and Publications

  • “The Use and Impact of Bellwether Trials in Multidistrict Litigation,” State of Texas 33rd Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Seminar, 2017
  • “Sensitive Legal Issues in Higher Education—Title IX”, Presentation to Louisiana Higher Education Group , December 2016
  • Frequent Lecturer and Author for CLE Programs for Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association
  • Presenter, Masters in Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Mississippi, 2010; South Carolina, 2010; Louisiana, 2013; and Germany, 2014: Masters in Trial Coordinator, Texas, 2010

Representative Experience

  • Represented manufacturer in Southern District of Texas Federal Court in contractual lawsuit involving downhole tools used for hydraulic fracturing; obtained favorable jury verdict in January 2016
  • Represented oil field services company in Texas State Court in contractual lawsuit involving chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
  • Represented oil field services company in contractual lawsuit in Texas State Court involving downhole tools used in hydraulic fracturing
  • Represented large national industrial distributor as plaintiff with regard to non-compete/non-solicitation agreements; obtained settlement
  • Represented large commercial construction company in contract dispute; obtained summary judgment in April 2016
  • Represented large national dental services in professional liability lawsuit
  • Represented large national franchisor in contract dispute
  • Representing telecommunications company in contract dispute
  • Representing large commercial lender in contract dispute
  • Representing manufacturer in contract dispute