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Lance D. Richards

Firm Status


Educational and Professional Background

University of New Mexico (1992)
University of Tulsa College of Law (1995)

Admitted to Practice
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 Honors

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

Mr. 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.

Representative Trucking Companies
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 Clients
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