Richard A. Sayles
Richard A. “Dick” Sayles has tried more than 150 jury trials during four decades of trial practice. Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, individuals or corporations, he thrives on the courtroom floor. Dick relies on his broad experience in both state and federal courts to handle cases involving commercial disputes, defense of and claims against corporate directors and officers, securities and commercial law claims, product liability and patent infringement suits, among many others.
In September 2012, Dick and fellow firm founder Mark Werbner successfully defended New York hedge fund Exis Capital Management in a multibillion-dollar fraud lawsuit. Dick’s work in the case helped Exis Capital earn complete dismissal of the claims on the eve of a scheduled six-week trial in New Jersey Superior Court, which spared his client from spending additional time and money in court.
In May 2011, Dick was part of a trial team that won a $63 million patent infringement verdict in a case heard in the Marshall division of the Eastern District of Texas. The verdict was recognized in Texas Lawyer newspaper as one of the Top 10 verdicts issued by Texas juries during 2011. In March 2015, Dick and other Sayles Werbner attorneys presented the appeal at the United States Supreme Court.
Dick has tried numerous securities arbitrations for plaintiffs and defendants. Widely recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers in Texas, his honors include:
- Recognized in Chambers USA among the Leaders in Their Field in Commercial Litigation (2013)
- Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America
- Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a national legal organization with membership by invitation only
- Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national legal organization with membership by invitation only
- Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an international legal organization with membership by invitation only
- Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, an international legal organization with membership by invitation only
- Honored as 2012 Trial Legend by the Dallas Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section
- Honored as 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (TEX-ABOTA)
- Past President, Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2005)
- Charter Life Fellow, Collin County Bench Bar Foundation
- Honored in Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers (2010-2015)
- Texas Super Lawyers Top 10, Thomson Reuters Legal (2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal, (2003-2014)
- Recognized repeatedly as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine
- Recognized as one of the nation’s Top Commercial Litigation Attorneys by Benchmark Litigation (2013-2015)
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation (2006-2015)
Dick is a popular guest lecturer at local and national seminars and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. He has often represented major corporations as plaintiffs in commercial disputes and patent cases. His recent or current cases include:
- Successful defense of New York hedge fund in multibillion-dollar fraud lawsuit
- Part of a trial team that obtained a $63 million patent infringement jury award
- Representation of corporate officers and directors for alleged breach of fiduciary duties
- Representation of a high level executive regarding disputes over stock options and incentive pay
- Defense of patent infringement claims & represent patent holders in litigation of infringement claims
- Deere & Company – Defense cases involving claims of product defect
- City of Dallas – Defending the City in several suits by firefighters and police officers claiming back pay in excess $1 billion
Dick earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law School, where he served as Comment and Case Note Editor for the University of Houston Law Review.