Educational and Professional
University of New Mexico (1992).
University of Tulsa College of Law (1995).
Oklahoma Supreme Court (1996); New Mexico
Supreme Court (1997); United States District Court, District
of New Mexico (1999); Acoma Pueblo Tribal Court
(2003); United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit (2010).
Professional Activities and
American Board of Trial Advocates (President,
New Mexico Chapter 2007-2008, Vice-President, New Mexico
Chapter 2006, Treasurer, New Mexico Chapter 2011 - present); Board of Directors for the New Mexico State Bar
Trial Practice Section 2008-2010 (Chairman, 2009); Trucking
Industry Defense Association (TIDA); Best Lawyers in America 2013, 2014; Super Lawyers 2014; New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association;
Litigation Counsel of America; New Mexico Medical Review
Commission; Federal Bar Association.
Richards' current practice includes the defense of
construction companies and oil and gas companies
but focuses primarily on the defense of trucking companies and
their insurance carriers. He is actively involved in handling
first response investigations (i.e., "legal triage") for the
numerous motor carriers he represents. He is one of the youngest
members of the New Mexico Chapter of the American Board of
Trial Advocates, an organization that requires a minimum of 20
civil jury trials tried to conclusion for admission, and is
a past Chapter President and current Treasurer. In 2009 he served as Chairman of the New Mexico State Bar Trial Practice
Section. Mr. Richards has tried more than 25 jury trials to
conclusion for major insurance and trucking companies. His last four civil jury trials involved claims for wrongful death, severe brain injury and amputation of a limb. He is a
former Assistant District Attorney, 9th New Mexico Judicial
District (1996-1998) where he prosecuted 16 jury trials.
KLLM, Inc., Schneider National Carriers, Inc., Covenant Transport,
Werner Enterprises, Brian Kurtz Trucking,
MCT Transport, Forward Air, Inc., Quality Carriers, Warren Transport.
Representative Insurance Company
United Services Automobile Associate (USAA),
Lincoln General Insurance Co., Carolina Casualty Ins. Co.,
First Mercury Insurance Co., Great American Custom Ins.,
Comcar Industries, Inc., Mercury Insurance Group, The
Hartford, OneBeacon Ins. Co., INS Insurance Co., Great West
Casualty Co., Westfield Ins. Group, The Travelers Companies,
Inc., AXIS Ins., Titan Ins. Co., Cherokee Ins. Co., Zurich
North America Ins. Co., Philadelphia Ins. Co., Acuity Insurance, Topa Insurance Co.