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Richard Staff

Rick Staff (Houston, TX), is a Moody College alumnus (BJ 1977, cum laude), South Texas native, and civil trial lawyer.  In his over 30 years in practice, he has tried hundreds of cases, in major metropolitan areas across the US and in the smallest counties in Texas.

Rick is a name partner with Staff Weems LLP, of which was a founder in 2016.  He was previously a partner with the international law firm, Locke Lord LLP, and was a founding member of the boutique trial law firm Harrison, Bettis & Staff LLP, in Houston. 

Since 2016, he has served as lead counsel in several notable cases in Texas state and federal courts.  He received two verdicts totaling over $27,000,000 in separate cases against four (4) former senior executives and managers for their conspiracy and fraud against their Fortune 200 employer.  He obtained two orders in unrelated cases immediately and permanently enjoining the unfair trade practices and theft of trade secrets of two well-known competitors of his clients, preventing the potential loss of millions of dollars in profits.  He lead a variety of domestic and international concerns and individuals in a wide range of internal and government bribery and fraud investigations and actions, including the recent exoneration in Bahrain of a client accused of bribing high-ranking officials of a Middle East state-owned oil company to obtain a multi-million dollars pipeline contract.

Rick is licensed to practice in all Texas and New Mexico state and federal courts, Colorado federal courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He is a published author for legal scholarly reviews on civil trial matters and is a regular legal education speaker.  speaker at Texas legal education seminars.  He is acknowledged professionally as a Super Lawyer® in Business Litigation (Thompson Reuters®), as AV Preeminent by his peers and the judiciary (Martindale-Hubbell™) and  is a 2019 Top Rated Litigator  (ALM Media).