Thomas M. Richard

Thomas M. Richard




504-830-3845 (Direct)



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  • Louisiana 1983
  • Texas 2011
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
“Si vis pacem, para bellum. (If you want peace, prepare for war.)” Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus
“He will win who, prepared himself, wants to take the enemy unprepared.” Sun Tzu

My Story

Comparisons of war and litigation are legion. Tom Richard is a student of military history, so it is fitting that these ancient martial maxims embody his approach to the practice of law. In the litigation arena, most clients recognize that “peace” is usually more desirable than “war.” If a gratifying peace is desired, then often it is the warrior most prepared for battle that achieves this peace. Litigation often presents challenges to success, but want of preparation is a challenge foreign to Tom. Throughout his thirty plus year career, Tom’s diligence, efficiency and cost-effective approach to preparation has served his clients well.

Tom was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1983, and soon thereafter to all Louisiana federal district courts and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1993, and to the Texas Bar in 2011. Tom has litigated and tried jury and bench trials in Louisiana state and federal district courts, and he has argued in multiple Louisiana appellate courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Fifth Circuit. He has been selected in Louisiana “Super Lawyer” and among the “Top Lawyers in the New Orleans Area” in New Orleans Magazine. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Defense Research Institute, the Counsel on Litigation Management, and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.

When not busy representing his clients, Tom is an avid baseball fan, and he enjoys travel and - of course - reading and studying military history.

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