Richard A.

Areas of Litigation

Intellectual Property/Patents
Life Sciences
Natural Resources/Environmental
Mass Torts
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Toxic Torts

During more than four decades of experience in both state and federal courts, I have taken more than 150 cases to trial. This experience includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes commercial litigation, including cases involving corporate director and officer liability, securities claims, product liability and patent infringement lawsuits. 

I believe now, more than ever, companies and individuals need lawyers who are effective in the courtroom and can help them solve the most complex legal problems. My practice enables me to represent clients in collaboration with other firms and colleagues in important cases where my background and experience can add value. 

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1974, magna cum laude 
  • Comment and Case Note Editor, Houston Law Review
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1971
  • Texas State Courts 
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas 
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit 
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, Hon. Robert M. Hill, 1974-1975 
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
    • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
    • National Board Certification as a Trial Lawyer Advocate in Civil Trial Law 
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America,” 2022, Benchmark Litigation
  • “Texas Trailblazer,” Texas Lawyer, 2020 
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Dallas Bar Association, 2018
  • “Lions of the Texas Bar,” The Texas Lawbook, 2016 
  • Texas Trial Legend, Dallas Bar Association, 2012
  • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation
    • “Top 10,” 2005, 2010-2015
    • “Top 100,” 2003-2023
  • Listed in Chambers USA
    • Litigation: Trial Lawyers, 2019-2023 – Band 1, Texas
    • Litigation: General Commercial, 2013-2023 – Band 1, North Texas 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2006-2024
    • Commercial Litigation, 2006-2024
    • “Lawyer of the Year,” Dallas/Fort Worth, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2018
    • “Lawyer of the Year,” Dallas/Fort Worth, Commercial Litigation, 2016
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation
    • “Local Litigation Star,” Texas, 2013-2023
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Texas Chapters, 2011
    • Dallas Chapter, Past President, 2005
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal
    • Global Leader: Litigation, 2020 -2022 
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
  • Listed in D Magazine, “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” 2001, 2003, 2007-2009, 2011-2023
    • Hall of Fame, Class of 2022 and 2023
  • Listed in Lawdragon, “500 Leading Lawyers,” 2006-2024 
    • Hall of Fame, Class of 2022
  • Listed in VerdictSearch, “Top 100 Verdicts of the Year,” 2001, 2004, 2007, 2009 

Read more in this Lawdragon Limelight. 

Recognized and Awarded

“Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many law firms on a wide variety of business and legal issues. What I found most differentiating about Dick Sayles was his rapid personal engagement, attention to detail, professionalism and thoughtful guidance. I wholeheartedly recommend him for complex business matters. He is the lawyer you want on your team.”

Chuck Grindstaff
Former President and CEO of Siemens PLM Software