Richard W. Alexander

Richard W. Alexander brings more than 30 years of litigation and trial experience to his business and individual clients.

Education

B.A., with highest honors, 1974, Texas Tech University
J.D., 1976, University of Texas School of Law
Admitted to practice in Texas, 1977
U.S. District Courts for all Texas Districts and Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Courts of Appeal, Fourth and Fifth Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court

Practice Areas

Business Litigation in State and Federal Courts
E-Discovery/Document Preservation Policies
Government Investigation and Enforcement Actions–Civil and Criminal
Employment and ERISA litigation

Professional Experience

As an attorney in Austin, Mr. Alexander has represented public corporations, small business and individuals in a variety of contexts, focusing principally on commercial litigation and business-related torts. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has engaged in 41 jury trials and 45 bench trials. During his 35 years of private practice, he has litigated at all levels of state and federal courts in jury and non-jury trials on behalf of business plaintiffs and defendants. His practice also includes white-collar criminal investigations and business crimes. His daughter, Meghan Alexander is now a part of the team at Alexander Law Firm.

Mr. Alexander’s trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts includes mediations, arbitrations and trials in a wide variety of legal areas. His core areas of expertise include:

1. Disputes within business structures, often involving disagreements between Stakeholders, divisions in a board or governing body, or between employees and management. Examples of these include corporate and partnership disputes, ERISA, employment law, fiduciary liability, franchise law, legal malpractice, lender liability, trade secrets, covenants not to compete, internal corporate investigations, and thefts of business assets or opportunities.

2. Controversies between competing businesses or a business and its suppliers, customers, dealers, or other subcontractors. These challenges involve breach of contract actions, real estate disputes, business or product disparagement, interference in existing or prospective business relationships, fraud, theft of trade secrets, antitrust law, securities fraud, bankruptcy litigation, deceptive trade practices, libel and slander, and trademark, copyright, and patent infringement.

3. Conflicts with local, state or federal governments that take the form of regulatory disputes. These can include licenses, zoning or code enforcement, claims of improper, unsafe or illegal business practices, problems in complying with government standards, requirements or contracts. These difficulties can lead to administrative law hearings or court actions, responses to civil investigative demands, audits, state or federal investigations, civil rights claims, grand jury subpoenas, and defense of actions for fines, suspensions of licenses, penalties or alleged criminal law violations, and malicious prosecution actions.

Electronically stored information (ESI) and its use to conduct all levels of business communications and transactions have changed the landscape of legal disputes. Mr. Alexander’s litigation practice has been at the forefront of these changes. E-Discovery (the difficulties of ESI in litigation) is perhaps the single most difficult legal issue facing small and large companies’ CEOs, HR and IT departments today. Mr. Alexander routinely lectures on the cutting edge requirements for effective document retention and destruction polices in today’s electronic era. He has applied his experience in litigation and government investigations to help clients prevent those problems before they occur. He also knows how to handle the complexities of E-Discovery issues in court cases, which often shapes the outcome of lawsuits today.

Professional & Community Activities:

Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
State Bar of Texas (member, Antitrust and Business Litigation, and Litigation Sections)
Austin Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section)
Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
Board Member, Seton Cove Spirituality Center (Seton Family of Hospitals)
Texas Superlawyer, 2006 – 2012
Texas Tech University Student Association President, 1973-74;
Texas Law Review, Note & Comment Editor 1976-77.

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