Richard B. Phillips, Jr.

Richard B. Phillips, Jr.

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Rich Phillips focuses his practice on appellate matters. He has represented a variety of clients in appeals before Texas courts of appeal, the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has orally argued cases in the Fort Worth Court of Appeals and the Dallas Court of Appeals.

Rich provides trial support, including preparing dispositive motions, the jury charge, and post-trial motions. He also assists clients in evaluating potential appellate issues. Additionally, he maintains a trial docket focused on commercial disputes (including securities class actions). He also represents both landowners and condemning authorities in eminent domain cases.

Rich is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is active in appellate organizations. He is an associate editor of The Appellate Advocate, published by the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is currently Treasurer of the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section. He is also a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.


  • Kia Motors Corp. v. Ruiz, 432 S.W.3d 865 (Tex. 2014)

  • Estate of Finney, 424 S.W.3d 608 (Tex. App.–Dallas 2013, no pet.)

  • In re Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., 407 S.W.3d 746 (Tex. 2013)

  • Halo Wireless, Inc. v. Alenco Communications, et al. (In re Halo Wireless), 684 F.3d 581 (5th Cir. 2012)

  • Hampton-Vaughn Funeral Home v. Briscoe, 327 S.W.3d 743 (Tex. App.--Fort Worth 2010, no pet.)

  • Eaton Metal Prods., L.L.C. v. U.S. Denro Steels, Inc., No. 14-09-00757-CV, 2010 WL 3795192 (Tex. App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, no pet.)

  • P&A Real Estate, Inc. v. American Bank of Texas, 323 S.W.3d 618 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2010, no pet.)

  • Dozier v. AMR Corp., No. 02-09-00186-CV, 2010 WL 3075633 (Tex. App.--Fort Worth Aug. 5, 2010, no pet.)

  • Myre v. Meletio, 307 S.W.3d 839 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2010, pet. denied)

  • Cascott, L.L.C. v. City of Arlington, 278 S.W.3d 523 (Tex. App.--Fort Worth 2009, pet. denied)

  • Rich v. Olah, 274 S.W.3d 878 (Tex. App.--Dallas 2008, no pet.)

  • Affiliated Pathologists, PA v. McKee, 261 S.W.3d 874 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2008, no pet.)

  • Luskin v. Intervoice-Brite Inc., 2008 WL 104273 (5th Cir. 2008)

  • City of Carrollton v. Singer, 232 S.W.3d 790 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth 2007, pet. denied)

  • Barrie v. Intervoice-Brite, Inc., 397 F.3d 249 (5th Cir. 2005)

Prior Experience

  • Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Thomas R. Phillips, Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 2001-2002


  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Appellate); 2013-2014

  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Appellate, Civil Litigation Defense); 2007-2013

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Board of Trustees, Dallas Wind Symphony

  • Member, Scribes-American Society of Legal Writers

  • Associate Editor, The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, State Bar of Texas

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Treasurer, 2015; Council, 2010-14
  • Member, DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel; Amicus Curiae Committee