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, 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 an associate editor of The Appellate Advocate, published by the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is currently Secretary of the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section. He is also a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.


  • 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 Experience

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


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Appellate Practice); 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Appellate); 2013-2017

  • Top 100 Overall, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters; 2017

  • Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters; 2017

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Appellate), D Magazine; 2016-2017

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

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section, 2017
  • 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
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Dallas Wind Symphony
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Texas Supreme Court Historical Society