Richard E. Harrison

Awards + Accolades



Richard Harrison is a native of Oklahoma City.  He received his B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in 1970 and served on the board of trustees there from 1980–1986.  In 1973, he received his J.D. from SMU School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, the U.S. Court of Appeals (5th Circuit), and U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Western, and Eastern Districts of Texas, as well as the Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma.

He has continuously maintained board certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law since 1979. In addition, he is a member of the Civil Trial Law Examinations Commission of Texas, the organization that creates the materials by which civil trial lawyers become Board Certified.

Since 1986, he has maintained his certification as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (formerly the National Board of Trial Advocacy).  In 1985, he was named “Outstanding Young Lawyer in Texas” by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

He is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys where he holds the rank of Advocate. Martindale-Hubble has rated him as AV Pre-Eminent for over thirty years.

A History of Complex Litigation

A leader in local and state bar activities during the first two decades of his career, and a prolific writer and speaker in the 1980s, Mr. Harrison now energetically devotes the great majority of his time to the defense of complex cases involving trucking accidents, construction accidents, football helmet injuries and first–party claims against insurance companies.  His primary focus remains the successful representation of his clients in the courtroom.

For the last thirteen years, Mr. Harrison has been selected as a Texas “Super Lawyer” in litigation and featured in the October “Super Lawyer” issue from 2004 through 2016, an honor reserved for fewer than 5% of Texas attorneys.

Mr. Harrison lives in Dallas and in Taos, New Mexico. He is an avid snow skier, fly fisherman, reader, traveler and movie fan.

Local and State Bar Leadership

  • College of the State Bar of Texas (1988–present)
  • Grayson County Bar Association (President, 1978–1979)
  • North Texas Bar Association (President, 1980–1981)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association (President’s Award, 1985; Director, 1982–1984

Representative Publications and Presentations

  • The Paper Chase: The Use of Interrogatories in State Court, State Bar of Texas, Performance Enhancement Course, 1983.
  • The Use of Rehabilitation Specialists, State Bar of Texas, Professional Development Program, 1987.
  • Litigation of Death and Dying in Texas: Survival, Wrongful Death and Related Claims, State Bar of Texas, Professional Development Program, 1987.
  • Editor, Texas Association of Defense Counsel Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, 1988.
  • Use of Experts, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Personal Injury Course, 1989.

Awards & Accolades

  • Super Lawyers for 13 consecutive years (2004 – 2016)
  • Board Certified for over 35 years
  • Lexis / Martindale Peer Review Rated AV Pre-Eminent for over 30 years and recipient of the Client Distinction Award for the top 1% of lawyers. Just awarded AV Pre-Eminent for 2016!
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • National Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association