Industry-Specific Biographies
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2010, Senior Business Editor: Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 2006, Political Science, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2010
  • United States District Court Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court, 2017
  • United States Court of Appeals  Fifth Circuit, 2017
Stephen C. Richman
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Senior Attorney
700 North Pearl Street
Twenty-Fifth Floor - Plaza of the Americas
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-871-8253 direct  |  214-871-8209 fax
Vivian Demianiw
214-880-2622 direct

Mr. Richman is a member of the Firm's Professional Liability Group.  His litigation practice focuses on defending liability claims against lawyers, insurance agents, real estate brokers/salespersons and property managers, as well as design professionals (architects and engineers).  Mr. Richman has also defended business owners against claims of copyright infringement concerning the alleged unlawful use of architectural drawings, trademark infringement in the context of franchisee/franchisor commercial litigation, and has defended multiple real estate brokers/salespersons against complaints made to the Texas Real Estate Commission.  Mr. Richman has further advised real estate brokers regarding application of the Rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission in a variety of circumstances, including the rules regarding the disclosure of, and capacity to accept, third-party commissions as well as the rules regarding the receipt of fees by unlicensed persons.

Mr. Richman is also a member of the Firm's Insurance Regulatory & Transactions Group.  He has advised insurance companies, insurance agencies, and group purchasing organizations on a variety of corporate and regulatory matters ranging from interpretation of the Non-admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, ERISA, and state anti-rebating statutes.  Mr. Richman has also assisted in the drafting of a variety of business agreements, including a marketing and sale agreement, listing agreements, lease agreements, and corporate bylaws.

Representative Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of real estate broker and agent sued for violation of the DTPA by property owners.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of insurance agent sued for negligence by non-client automobile loan lienholder.
  • Obtained summary judgment for attorney alleged to have defamed opposing party during underlying litigation.
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurance agent alleged to have procured insurance policy that did not cover plaintiff’s damages.
  • Obtained relief striking late filed breach of contract claim against structural engineer that would have rendered summary judgment motion moot.
  • Obtained favorable ruling regarding the production of documents from a Louisiana state agency in Louisiana federal court on behalf of law firm sued in Texas federal court for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with third-party litigation arising out of the Stanford Ponzi scheme.
  • Assisted in obtaining take nothing judgment in favor of real estate attorney sued for negligence in drafting transaction documents following successful appeal; the appellate court found that the plaintiff had not presented sufficient evidence of proximate cause at trial to sustain the jury's verdict.
  • Assisted in obtaining summary judgment for structural engineer alleged to have contributed to damages to the plaintiffs' residence on the grounds that the Economic Loss Rule prevented the defendant-contractor from suing the structural engineer for contribution.
  • Assisted in obtaining ruling in favor of franchisee to defeat franchisor's application for temporary restraining order in contentious breach of contract/trademark infringement litigation filed in federal court; franchisor sought injunctive relief to prevent franchisee's alleged unauthorized use of its trademarks.
  • Assisted in negotiating exclusive marketing and sale agreement for high profile condominium complex on behalf of premier Dallas luxury real estate broker.
  • Assisted in obtaining no action finding of complaint filed against real estate broker and salesperson with Texas Real Estate Commission for alleged unauthorized practice of real estate in Texas.
  • Assisted in obtaining numerous dismissals of lawsuits filed against Texas licensed architects and engineers for failure to file Certificate of Merit as required by Section 150.002 of the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code.
Professional and Community Activities
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
    • 2012-2013 Leadership Class
    • 2013 Co-Chair of INroads Committee
  • Dallas Bar Association
Speeches and Presentations
  • Protecting Your Business: The Role of Insurance, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Small Business Symposium, June 20, 2016.
  • Stephen C. Richman, Uberrimae Fidei – Once Entrenched, Always Entrenched: The Third Circuit Joins the Majority in AGF Marine Aviation & Transport v. Cassin, But Is That Enough?, 33 TUL. MAR. L.J. 553 (2009).