Richard A. Sayles

Richard A. Sayles


Richard A. Sayles

Sayles Werbner co-founder 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 defense of and claims against corporate directors and officers, securities claims, product liability and patent infringement suits, and high-stakes commercial litigation.

Practice Areas: Business and Commercial Litigation, Class Action Litigation, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Product Liability and Patent Infringement, Derivative Litigation

Representative Cases

Dick has often represented major corporations as plaintiffs in commercial disputes and patent cases. His recent or current cases include:

  • Representation of a national law firm in a dispute with departing shareholders/partners.
  • Defense of qui tam actions.
  • Defense of publically held pipeline company in alleged environmental contamination case.
  • Successful defense of law firms and lawyers against claims of professional negligence on motion for summary judgment.
  • Successful defense of New York hedge fund in a sizable fraud lawsuit.
  • Head of a trial team that obtained a substantial patent infringement jury award.
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Honors And Awards

Recognized among the Leaders in Their Field in Commercial Litigation by Chambers USA, 2013-2017
Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Dallas/Fort Worth, 2018
Recognized as one of the nation’s Top Commercial Litigation Attorneys by Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2018
Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America forCommercial Litigation, Dallas/Fort Worth, 2016
Top 10 Super Lawyers in Texas by Thomson Reuters, 2005, 2010-2015
Tier 1 Ranking of Best Law Firms by U.S. News/Best Lawyers, 2010-2017
Trial Lawyer of the Year, Texas chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2011

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Professional Background

Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified in Personal Injury by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
State Bar of Texas
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
Texas State District Courts
American Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association


University of Houston Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
Comment and Case Note Editor, University of Houston Law Review
Vanderbilt University, B.A.

Speaking Engagements

ABOTA – Trial Tips for the Big Cases from the Trial Masters (2016)
Texas State Bar – Advanced Trial Strategies (2016)
Masters in Trial – A Trial Demonstration from Opening Statement through Jury Deliberation (2015)