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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, several federal appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court.

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 a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society and a member of the council of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas. Rich is a past chair of the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section.  He is also a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.

Representative Matters

  • Encompass Office Solutions, Inc. v. Louisiana Health Serv. & Indem. Co., 919 F.3d 266 (5th Cir. 2019)
  • Seeligson v. Devon Energy Prod. Co., No. 17-10320, 2019 WL 852060 (5th Cir. Feb. 20, 2019)
  • Shrem v. Southwest Airlines Co., No. 17-15896, 2019 WL 157523 (9th Cir. Jan. 10, 2019)
  • City of Laredo v. Laredo Merchants Association, 550 S.W.3d 586 (Tex. 2018)
  • In re Rosewood Private Investments, Inc., No. 05-18-00166-CV, 2018 WL 4403749 (Tex. App.—Dallas Sept. 17, 2018, orig. proceeding)
  • OHA Investment Corp. v. Schlumberger Technology Corp. (In re ATP Oil & Gas Corp.), 888 F.3d 122 (5th Cir. 2018)
  • JIK Cayman Bay Exchange LLC v. Medina, No. 05-16-01176-CV, 2018 WL 2045068 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 2, 2018, no pet. h.)
  • Hersh v. Tatum, 526 S.W.3d 462 (Tex. 2017)
  • Levinson Alcoser Assocs., L.P. v. El Pistolon II, Ltd., 513 S.W.3d 487 (Tex. 2017)
  • Hometown 2006-1 1925 Valley View, L.L.C. v. Prime Income Asset Management, L.L.C., 847 F.3d 302 (5th Cir. 2017)
  • BM Medical Management Service, LLC v. Turner, No. 05-16-00670-CV, 2017 WL 85423 (Tex. App.—Dallas Jan. 10, 2017, no pet.)
  • In re Second Street Properties, LLC, No. 14-16-00390-CV, 2016 WL 7436649 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Dec. 22, 2016, orig. proceeding)
  • Hagerty ex rel United States v. Cyberonics, Inc., 844 F.3d 26 (1st Cir. 2016)
  • Greystone Multi-Family Builders, Inc. v. TES Electric, LP, No. 01-15-00640-CV, 2016 WL 3362208 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] June 16, 2016, no pet.)
  • Houston Belt & Terminal Ry. Co. v. City of Houston, 487 S.W.3d 154 (Tex. 2016)
  • Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Co. LP v. PetroMax Operating Co., Inc., 486 S.W.3d 703 (Tex. App.—Texarkana 2016, no pet.)
  • Hometown 2006-1 1925 Valley View, L.L.C. v. Prime Income Asset Management, L.L.C., 595 Fed. Appx. 306 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • 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 Employment

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

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Appellate Practice), 2018-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Appellate), 2013-2020
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Appellate), D Magazine, 2016-2019
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Appellate, Civil Litigation Defense), 2007-2013


  • Advisory Committee, Texas Supreme Court, 2021
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Immediate Past Chair, Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section
  • Member, Scribes–American Society of Legal Writers
  • Associate Editor, The Appellate Advocate, State Bar of Texas Appellate Section Report
  • Member, DRI–The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel; Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Council Member, Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2018-2021
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Dallas Wind Symphony
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2001, The University of Texas School of Law; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Texas Law Review, 2000-2001
  • B.A., 1998, Brigham Young University


  • Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., First Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Second Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Third Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Ct.