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Gary Richardson – Host

 

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Gary L. Richardson has become one of the Southwest’s most renowned and prominent attorneys, establishing him and his partnership, Richardson, Richardson, Boudreaux, PLLC, as one of the most sought after firms in the region. Gary is the founding attorney of the firm, originally The Richardson Law Firm. He has served throughout the Oklahoma and Texas and surrounding states, setting record jury verdicts in eleven counties as well as state-wide record verdicts. He also won the largest recorded jury verdict in the nation ($58M) in a defamation case for an individual. Gary also succeeded in the highest known verdict in a farm implement case to the sum of $10.2M. Recently, Gary and his son, Chuck, achieved the largest sum for a verdict in a wrongful death case as well as the largest sum for a verdict for a prison inmate in Oklahoma in the sum of $6.5K.

With the reputation of obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts in complicated civil suits, Richardson has developed expertise in arguing his cases with persuasive impact and communicating to the jury in an effective and convincing manner. Gary attributes his success to lessons he has learned through a multitude of life experiences, which have also been the inspiration behind his three published books: Fear is Never Your Friend, Thank God They Ate the Apple, and Black Robe Fever, as well as his taped motivating series, Winning in the Courtroom. He conducts 1-4-hour seminars throughout the U.S. on the subject of his book Fear is Never Your Friend.

Gary graduated from Southern Nazarene University in 1983 and was honored as an Outstanding Graduate. While starting a family and working as an insurance adjuster for Allstate Insurance, Richardson entered law school at Oklahoma City University as a night student. He received the prestigious Green Bag Award during his first semester for achieving the highest grades in his class. After transfer by his company to Houston, Texas, Gary completed his law degree at South Texas College in 1972. Upon completion of law school, he was solicited by the State of Oklahoma as the Assistant Insurance Commissioner in 1974 where he also served on the legal staff. Richardson was appointed Assistant District Attorney in Muskogee County, OK in 1975 and served for two years. While serving as the Assistant DA, he set the then record for the longest list of convictions. Gary entered into a partnership with Doug Garrett in Muskogee after working for the DA.

In 1981, Gary Richardson was appointed by President Ronald Regan as the United States Attorney for Eastern Oklahoma. He served in this position until 1984. Upon expiration of his term, Gary opened his own law firm, founded with the designed purpose of representing people who had been wronged. His practice went on to become one of the preeminent trial lawyer firms in the Southwest. Today the successful firm has evolved into the partnership of Richardson, Richardson, Boudreaux, PLLC.

Gary made a run for Congress in 1978 and 1980. In 2002, he conducted a strong campaign for Governor as an Independent and received the open endorsement of both Republican candidates after they lost in the Republican primary.

Married to Lanna Wilcox, Gary is an active member of South Tulsa Baptist Church.  He has served in other churches throughout his moves as a Deacon, music leader, Sunday school teacher and an occasional speaker at the pulpit. Lanna and Gary together have five children and ten grandchildren.

Visit Gary Richardson’s personal website at www.garyrichardsonspeaks.com.

Areas of Practice

Banking and Finance

Insurance

Medical Malpractice

Motor Vehicle Accidents – Plaintiff

Personal Injury – Plaintiff

Products Liability

Professional Malpractice

Bar Admissions Texas, 1972 Oklahoma, 1975 Colorado, 1993 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1976 U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1984 U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1989 U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1982 U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985 U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1984 U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1986 U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships  National Speakers Association, 2004 – Present; Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1987 – Present; Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, 1975 – Present;  Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Past Employment Positions  Eastern District of Oklahoma, United States Attorney, 1981 – 1984

Awards  Tulsa’s Top Lawyers 2012 – Banking and Institution Representations, 1993 Guinness Book of Records for the largest amount awarded in a libel case with Vic Feazell 

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1972 J.D. Honors: The Green Bag Award, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK, USA, 1963 B.S. Honors: Outstanding Student Award

Major: Education

Verdicts & Settlements

Libel / Slander Case, $58,000,000 Product Liability $10,200,000 Wrongful Death $20,000,000 Personal Injury $22,000,000 Medical Malpractice $10,800,000 Medical Malpractice $10,795,000 Medical Malpractice $2,004,000 Medical Malpractice $1,200,000 Medical Malpractice $2,375,000 Medical Malpractice $2,200,000 Pharmaceutical $32,500,000 Product Liability $15,000,000 Product Liability $1,500,000 Product Liability $1,200,000 Libel / Slander $58,000,000 Anti-Trust $6,700,000 Breach of Contract $4,800,000 Breach of Contract $3,200,000 Breach of Contract $1,200,000 Insurance Bad Faith $875,000 Insurance Bad Faith $450,000


Charles L. “Chuck” Richardson – Co-Host

 

CL-Richardson Chuck Richardson joined Richardson, Richardson, Boudreaux, PLLC in 1986 as a law clerk while he attended college. After Baylor University and the University of Oklahoma, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1986, Richardson continued his education at Tulsa University School of Law part-time and also worked full-time for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. He was hired as a Legal Intern in 1988 and received his Juris Doctorate from T.U. in 1989. After being licensed, Richardson was appointed Assistant District Attorney, a capacity he served in until 1991. During that time, he lost only one case and assisted in forming task forces within the D.A.’s office to assist the Tulsa Police Department in prosecuting crimes of burglary and armed robbery.

Richardson returned to Richardson, Richardson, Boudreaux, PLLC in 1991 and served as a Junior Partner until 1994, when he was named Senior Partner. He practiced in the areas of labor law, medical malpractice, personal injury, employment law, and state and federal defense with an emphasis in business litigation and product liability. He has the largest jury verdicts in three counties in Oklahoma.

In June of 1998, Richardson was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating to serve as Tulsa County District Attorney. During his appointment, Richardson implemented policies including increasing the recommendation on criminal sentencing. Richardson advocated being tough on crime and compassionate for victims, survivors and their families. His focus included more severe sentences and/or lengthier sentences for crimes involving violence, children, the elderly, drugs, robbery, and burglary. Richardson prosecuted as many cases as he could get his hands on and successfully received death penalty and life sentence verdicts in multiple cases. While serving as District Attorney, Richardson compiled a 100% conviction rate and his office had a conviction rate in excess of 95%.

In January of 1999, Richardson returned as a Senior Partner to the law firm of Richardson, Richardson, Boudreaux, PLLC. He currently practices in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, class actions, pharmaceutical, brain injuries, bad faith claims against insurance companies, surgical injuries and discrimination with an emphasis in litigation.

Richardson is a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, served on the Steering Committee for Young Life, the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Board of Directors of Oklahoma Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, Kiwanis, and is forever honored in the National Association of Who’s Who Among American Law Students.

He has his pick of Courts to choose from as he is a member of the Bar of the States of Oklahoma, and Texas, and is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Tenth Circuits, the Supreme Court of Texas, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Read the article written by Jonathan Widran about Chuck carrying on his fathers legacy. Areas of Practice:

  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Environmental Law
  • Product Liability
  • Mass Tort
  • Class Action
  • Plaintiff Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Consumer Law
  • Pharmaceutical

Bar Admissions:

  • Oklahoma, 1990
  • Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1992

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Awards

  • TULSA’S TOP LAWYERS 2012 -Nursing Home Negligence

Education:

  • University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma, December, 1989 J.D.
  • Baylor University, Waco, TX, 1984, Major: Business Management
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, August, 1986, Bachelor of Business Administration

 

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