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Richard S. Krumholz

Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation, United States

Richard S. Krumholz

Dallas

T:+1 214 855 8022

A seasoned trial lawyer in the Dallas office, Richard Krumholz serves as Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation for the United States, and has been actively practicing since 1992.

Licensed in Texas and New York, Richard has represented clients in a broad range of cases, including complex business disputes, bankruptcy litigation, energy litigation, securities litigation and multi-district litigation. He has litigated and tried cases in state and federal court and in arbitration proceedings around the country.

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  • Education

    JD, The University of Texas School of Law, 1992
    BA, The University of Texas at Austin, 1989

    Richard is admitted to practice in the States of Texas and New York.  He is also admitted to practice before the US Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

  • Representative experience

    Richard's recent significant cases include: 

    • Lead trial counsel for a dozen large banks in connection with breach of contract action against principals of one of largest privately-held home-builders in the U.S.; after a three-day evidentiary hearing, obtained Preliminary Injunction freezing $60-plus million of the defendants' assets pending final judgment; ultimately the case settled with the firm's clients receiving over $100 million
    • Lead trial counsel for institutional lender against one of the largest military housing developers in the U.S.; after trial in April 2013, received judgment for all relief requested, including over $11.9 million in value, plus attorneys' fees and interest
    • Lead trial counsel in oil and gas arbitration representing an energy client in connection with the purchase and sale of over $250 million in oil and gas interests; Claimants sought in excess of $40 million in damages; after a two-week trial in late 2012, Arbitrators ordered that Claimants take-nothing on all causes of action asserted against the firm's client
    • Lead counsel in multiple, on-going oil and gas cases in East Texas relating to disputes between various operators and working interest holders in natural gas wells
    • Lead counsel representing multiple public entities in connection with class actions brought in various jurisdictions as a result of each company's modification and/or termination of retiree health and welfare benefits; defeated retiree claims that these modifications were improper by obtaining multiple summary judgments and dismissals, all of which have been held up by the applicable Circuit Courts on appeal
    • Lead counsel in adversary proceeding involving allegations that the Debtors' former officers and directors breached their fiduciary duties and fraudulently transferred funds of the bankruptcy estate, claiming damages in excess of $160 million; after briefing, obtained a complete dismissal of all fiduciary duty and other state law claims against the firm's clients and settled the remaining claims for a nominal amount representing less than 0.5% of the alleged damages
    • Lead counsel for public company in arbitration involving dispute over $13 million in stock options; Arbitrator awarded take-nothing judgment in favor of the firm's client
    • Trial counsel in two multi-plaintiff discrimination cases tried for four weeks each in 2010 and 2013 before Dallas Federal District Court juries; in the first trial, obtained take-nothing judgment against two of plaintiffs and other three plaintiffs received less than 2% of lowest settlement demand and significantly less than any settlement offer; second trial successfully settled immediately prior to closing arguments
    • Represented public utility company in connection with litigation arising out of then-largest going private transaction in history; after extensive briefing and oral argument, obtained dismissal of class action suits asserting direct claims against the company and its board of directors for allegedly breaching their fiduciary duties; matters subsequently settled with no money paid by the firm's clients
    • Represented electric utility company in connection with class action securities case dismissed by Northern District of Texas; plaintiffs alleged the firm's client made misrepresentations in connection with a $1.4 billion tender offer to repurchase the client's equity-linked debt securities and convertible notes and sued under Sections 10(b), 14(e), and 20 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; U.S. District Judge Joe Fish granted motion to dismiss, with prejudice, and Fifth Circuit affirmed dismissal
    • Lead trial counsel for one of the world's largest investment management firms against several large real estate developers; after a lengthy trial, a verdict was obtained for the firm's client, requiring the payment of $25 million in refunding bonds, plus interest
    • Lead counsel in class action against public company which reduced its health and welfare benefits to its retirees; after defeating a preliminary injunction filed by the class representatives, the Court granted the firm's motion for summary judgment in its entirety, which allowed the company to remove tens of millions of dollars from its ERISA obligations on its balance sheet
    • Obtained complete dismissal of securities case filed against publicly-traded ethanol producer which was accused of misleading investors of the company
    • Lead trial counsel in case related to the bankruptcy of Mirant Corporation involving $1.5 billion triple-net leasing transaction; plaintiffs leased two power generating facilities from the firm's clients that provide most of the electricity for the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area; plaintiffs sought to have the leases re-characterized as secured financing transactions; had that effort been successful, ownership of the power plants would have been transferred to the plaintiffs, and the firm's clients could have suffered hundreds of millions of dollars in tax and other damages and losses; after two trials on issues raised in the bankruptcy, the case was ultimately dismissed by the bankruptcy court
    • Representation of a publicly-traded company before the NASD and the SEC, and in connection with six consolidated class actions, all claiming the company issued misleading press releases and violated securities laws; after months of testimony taken by the Staff of the SEC, the investigation was closed, with a recommendation to the Commission not to pursue any enforcement action; this result ultimately led to the settlement of the class actions for an amount completely covered by insurance
    • Lead counsel in $150 million national class action filed in St. Clair County, Illinois; all claims against the firm's client were dismissed without any obligation to pay any of the damages sought
    • Lead trial counsel for two national companies which sued their health insurer when the carrier attempted to cancel their employees' health insurance (over an alleged breach of contract/fraud claim); through trial, the carrier was enjoined from canceling the insurance coverage and required to pay approximately $1 million in outstanding claims
    • Lead counsel for a large insurer which was sued for several million dollars by a hospital system for alleged underpayments, violations of applicable prompt pay provisions and breach of a preferred provider agreement; a year after the litigation began, the case favorably settled for less than 10% of the claimed damages (and less than the amount the firm's client was willing to pay during the first weeks of the dispute)
    • Trial counsel in two significant product liability cases; one jury trial resulted in a complete defense verdict and the other jury trial led to a settlement for less than nuisance value; these plaintiffs sought millions of dollars in damages
    • Lead counsel in several large health care billing matters involving alleged underpayments and non-payments for medical services rendered; these cases were all successfully resolved before trial 
    • Richard has also served as national and regional counsel for several large pharmaceutical companies involved in pharma litigation brought by tens of thousands of plaintiffs in state and federal courts around the country; served on multiple trial teams and in multiple national roles developing defense themes and strategy with complete defense verdicts in cases tried
  • Admissions
    • New York State Bar
    • Texas State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 - 2016
    • Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution - General Commercial Disputes, The Legal 500, 2017-2018
    • Legal 500 US, Dispute Resolution - International Litigation, The Legal 500, 2017-2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2011 - 2019
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2004, 2007 - 2018
    • Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2004
    • Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas, D Magazine, 2004
  • Speaking engagements
    • "Contract Formation Issues From a Litigation Perspective," National Healthcare Billing & Management Association
    • "ERISA Litigation – From a Litigation Perspective: Fiduciary Liability," Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Legal Issues Forum
    • "Personal Liability of Officers and Directors," American Petroleum Institute Annual Conference
  • Memberships and activities
    • American Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Dallas Bar Association
      • Business Litigation Section
      • Corporate Counsel
      • Judicial Committee
    • State Bar of New York
    • U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
    • Junior Achievement, Board of Directors
    • Dallas Holocaust Museum, Board of Directors
    • Salesmanship Club of Dallas
    • Leadership Dallas, Class of 2002