James Richards - Associate

2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Floor 57
Houston, TX 77056


Mr. Richards practices in the firm’s civil litigation group and has represented individuals and corporations in a variety of disputes ranging from real estate to director and officer liability. Mr. Richards practice additionally is concentrated in the area of construction law including construction defect litigation.

Mr. Richards received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin with Highest Honors (summa cum laude) in 2008. After completing his undergraduate studies, he attended SMU Dedman School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, in 2011.  During his tenure at SMU, Mr. Richards 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, Mr. Richards tried a case in Dallas County Court at Law to a jury verdict while still in law school.  Additionally, Mr. Richards served as Articles Editor for SMU’s International Law Review (an official publication of the American Bar Association), 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.

Practice Areas 
Civil Litigation
Construction Defect Litigation

J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law, cum laude, 2011
B.A., University of Texas, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa, 2008

Member, American Bar Association
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
Member, Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
Member, Houston Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions
State Bar of Texas
United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas

Standards of Care in Community Associations: A Survey of State Standards - co-author, CAI PRESS (2013)
Construction Issues: Be Weary of Patch Jobs, FACETS The Journal of Community Associations Institute (VOL XXXVIII, 2014)