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Richard J Plezia

713-800-1151
Richard J Plezia
Richard J. Plezia & Associates
2909 Hillcroft Street Suite 575
Houston, TX 77057
rickplezia.com
Phone: 713-800-1151
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Richard J Plezia

Board Certified Specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Richard J Plezia

Member

About Richard J Plezia

Richard J. Plezia has primarily focused his extensive litigation career on civil trials in both federal and state courts, trying numerous cases to verdict.   He has participated in and tried over a hundred jury trials. He is one of only a very small percentage of Texas lawyers to be board certified twice. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization a... read more »

Biography

Richard J. Plezia has primarily focused his extensive litigation career on civil trials in both federal and state courts, trying numerous cases to verdict.   He has participated in and tried over a hundred jury trials. He is one of only a very small percentage of Texas lawyers to be board certified twice. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has also been selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is AV rated by Martidale-Hubbell.

Mr. Plezia obtained both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from Baylor University, earning accolades including Phi Delta Phi, Order of Barristers, and membership in the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society.

Mr. Plezia has been admitted to practice in Texas, Mississippi, and Georgia, along with the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has participated in litigation in almost all 50 states. He has testified in committees of both the Texas House of Representatives and the State Senate on a wide range of laws that could impact both consumers and Texas families, including recreational use, maritime procedure, venue, community projects, construction projects, automobile tires, and more.

He is proudly married to his wife of 25 years, and enjoys being a father to their four daughters.

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Richard J Plezia -
Richard J. Plezia & Associates
2909 Hillcroft Street Suite 575
Houston, TX 77057
rickplezia.com
Phone Numbers:
  • Office: 713-800-1151

Practice Areas

Area of Practice % Focus
Personal Injury40.00%
Admiralty and Maritime Law30.00%
Products Liability30.00%

Credentials

Bar Licenses

State Status Year Acquired
Georgia Member in Good Standing 2005
Mississippi Member in Good Standing 2004
Texas Member in Good Standing 1990

Work Experience

Position Duration
Partner - The Law Offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates 2009 – present
Partner - Plezia, McLemore, Reddell, Ardoin & Story 20062009
Partner - Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Matthews & Friend 19962006

Education

School Major Degree Year Graduated
Baylor University Law Juris Doctor 1990
Baylor University Business Administration B.B.A. 1989

Associations

Position Organization Duration
Member Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association 20042007
Associate Member American Board of Trial Advocates 2002 – present
Director,
Member
Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation 19972004
American Bar Association present
Member National Italian American Bar Association present
Member National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association present
Member San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association present
State Bar Grievance Committee present
Member Southern Trial Lawyers Association present
Texas Trial Lawyers Association present
Member Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association present
Member Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum present
Member Million Dollar Advocates Forum present
Member present
Houston Trial Lawyers Association present
Member Houston Bar Association present
Member Georgia Trial Lawyers Association present
Member American Association for Justice (AAJ) present
Member The Verdict Club present

Specialty Certifications

Certification Specialty Accredited Organization Year
Board Certified Specialist Personal Injury Trial Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization 1996

Awards and Recognitions

Recognition Granting Organization Year
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2015
Lifetime Member - Top 100 Princeton Global Network 2015
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2014
Lifetime Member - Top 100 Princeton Global Network 2014
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2013
Top 100 - Lifetime Member Princeton Global Network 2013
Top Texas Lawyer Texas Monthly 2013
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2013
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2012
Top Texas Lawyer Texas Monthly 2012
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2012
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2011
Top Texas Lawyer Texas Monthly 2011
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2011
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2010
Top Texas Lawyer Texas Monthly 2010
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2010
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2009
Second Highest Jury Verdict - Motor Vehicle The Texas Lawyer 2009
Top Texas Lawyer Texas Monthly 2009
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2009
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2008
Top Texas Lawyer Texas Monthly 2008
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2008
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2007
Top Texas Lawyer Texas Monthly 2007
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2007
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2006
Top Texas Lawyer Texas Monthly 2006
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2006
Super Lawyer Thompson-Reuters 2005
Lawyer for the People H Texas Magazine 2005
Lifetime Member Kensignton's National Registry of Who's Who ---
AV® Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell ---

Speaking Engagements

Presentation Title Conference Year
Trying Cases Under the New Supreme Court Rules Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association 2013
Legislative Update Harris County Bench Bar Conference 2013
Legislative Update Soaking up CLE, South Padre, State Bar of Texas 2013
Legislative Update and What it Means for Your Practice Marshall Spring Update 2013
Qualifying – Disqualifying Police Officers Accident Reconstructionist Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wreck Seminar 2011
Reconstructionist – Police and Retained Experts Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wreck Seminar - Houston 2011
Reconstructionist – Police and Retained Experts Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wreck Seminar - San Antonio 2011
Reconstructionist – Police and Retained Experts Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wreck Seminar - McAllen 2011
Hurricane Ike Claims Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Mid Year Advanced PI Seminar 2009
Protecting Your Clients Through Settlement Options Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Advanced Personal Injury Seminar 2007
Biomechanical Experts and Medical Causation Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wrecks Seminar 2007
Protecting Your Clients Through Settlement Options Advanced Personal Injury Seminar 2007
Biomechanical Experts and Medical Causation Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association Car Wrecks Seminar 2007
Preparing for the Productive Mediation Maximizing Your Case Recovery, Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association 2006
Preparing for the Productive Mediation Introduction to Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association CLE 2006
Using Technology at Trial to Win Big Verdicts CLE at Sea 2005
Admiralty Pointers Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association 2005
Deposing a Treating Cardiologist Majority Counsel Fen-Phen Seminar 2004
Trial on Non-Rhabdo Cases Mealey’s Baycol Conference 2004
Obtaining and Reviewing Medical Records and Working with Medical Experts HalfMoon Seminars ---
Texas Personal Injury Practice HalfMoon Seminars ---
Current Issues Surrounding Parental Notification Law CPCC Seminars ---
Cross Examination of Experts Winning Edge Seminar, Texas Trial Lawyers Association ---
Texas Civil Litigation HalfMoon Seminars ---
Technology in the Courtroom Winning Edge Seminar, Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association ---

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Publications and Articles

Recovery of Attorney Fees

Published November 2012

Publisher: Texas Bar Journal - State Bar of Texas

ECM: Preserving Evidence

Published 2010

Publisher: State Bar of Texas

Hurricane Ike: The Plaintiffs Perspective After The Storm

Published June 2009

Publisher: Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association

Comparative Responsibility and Third Party Practice

Published April 2008

Publisher: Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association

Mediation: Effective Negotiation or Just a Game

Published April 2006

Publisher: Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association

Offer of Settlement, Judgment, or Pay My Costs Please

Published 2006

Publisher: The Advocate (State Bar of Texas)

Responsible Third Parties

Published 2005

Publisher: Texas Trial Lawyer’s Association