David R. Richards

Attorney in Austin, TX
David Richards has broad experience in civil litigation at trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts. In addition to his 50 plus years of law practice, he has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas Law School and served as an attorney with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. From 1982 to 1985, he was Executive Assistant Attorney General of Texas supervising the State's litigation. Before that public service, he was General Counsel for the Texas AFL-CIO. Over his lengthy private practice, he has developed expertise in the fields of labor and employment law, ERISA issues, civil rights, education law, environmental law, election law/voting rights, constitutional law and governmental regulation along with a variety of related issues. David has handled a number of appellate cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, and intermediate federal and state appellate courts. Among the more notable of these cases was White v. Regester, 412 U.S. 755 (1973) which established single member legislative districts for the Texas Legislature, Dyson v. Stein, 401 U.S. 200 (1971), declaring the Texas obscenity statute unconstitutional, and State v. Durham, 860 S.W. 2d 63 (Tex. 1993) recovering multi million dollars of oil royalty for the State of Texas, Edgewood v. Kirby, 777 S.W. 2d 391 (Tex. 1989), declaring unconstitutional Texas public school funding.
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Admitted in 1957, Texas and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
1963, U.S. Supreme Court
1964, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
1966, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
1967, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
1972, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
1994, New Mexico

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    University of Texas
    Class of 1957

    University Attended

    Baylor University
    Class of 1954

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    State Bar of Texas.

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    David R. Richards
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     816 Congress Avenue, Suite 1200,
    Austin, TX 78701-2672


    Richards Rodriguez & Skeith, LLP (Austin, Texas)

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