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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 Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee. He is currently serving as Vice-President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a member of the council of the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas and 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

  • Sunnova Energy Corp. v. Spruce Lending, Inc., No. 14-19-00438-CV, 2021 WL 1881368 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] May 11, 2021, no pet. h.)
  • San Angelo Community Medical Center, LLC v. Leon, No. 03-19-00229-CV, 2021 WL 1680194 (Tex. App.—Austin Apr. 29, 2021, no pet. h.)
  • In re Port Isabel Logistical Offshore Terminal, Inc., No. 13-20-00562-CV, 2021 WL 1536591 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi Apr. 19, 2021, orig. proceeding)
  • EPLET, LLC v. DTE Energy Services, Inc., 984 F.3d 493 (6th Cir. 2021)
  • Petrobras America, Inc. v. Astra Oil Trading NV, No. 14-18-00728-CV, No. 14-18-00793-CV, No. 14-18-00978-CV, 2020 WL 4873226 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Aug. 20, 2020, pet. filed)
  • Brandon v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 13-18-00393-CV, 2020 WL 2776714 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi May 28, 2020, no pet.)
  • Crestor Global Investments Delaware, LLC v. Wilmington Trust, N.A., No. 05-19-00563-CV, 2020 WL 2537251 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 19, 2020, pet. denied)
  • WTX Fund, LLC v. Brown, 596 S.W.3d 285 (Tex. App.—El Paso, 2020, pet. denied)
  • PRSI Trading, LLC v. Harris County, 559 S.W.3d 303 (Tex. 2020)
  • In re Moore, No. 05-18-0019-CV, 2019 WL 2098477 (Tex. App.—Dallas May 14, 2019, pet. denied)
  • 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)
  • City of Justin v. Town of Northlake, No. 06-17-00054-CV, 2018 WL 4259853 (Tex. App.—Texarkana June 15, 2018, pet. denied)
  • 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


  • Member, Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee
  • Vice-President, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section
  • Member, Scribes–American Society of Legal Writers
  • Member, DRI–The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Member, Amicus Curiae Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • 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, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Board of Directors
  • Editor, Judicial Excellence, the Newsletter of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence

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. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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