Richard Hunt

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Richard is certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has tried jury and non-jury cases throughout the state of Texas since 1981. He has a national ADA and FHA defense practice that includes defending real estate developers, retailers, restaurants, shopping centers, banks, apartment owners and managers, hotels, single family developers  and other enterprises in ADA and FHA litigation. Richard also frequently consults on ADA and FHA compliance issues and presents webinars and seminars on avoiding and winning ADA and FHA lawsuits. He is an adjunct professor in Disability Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law, and his blog, “Accessibility Defense” serves as a resource nation-wide for hundreds of attorneys, accessibility experts and others involved in ADA and FHA litigation. In addition to his work on ADA and FHA accessibility issues Richard represents clients in disputes covering the entire spectrum of business related litigation including:

  • Prosecution and defense of claims arising out of non-competition agreements and theft of trade secrets.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims for defamation, libel and slander.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims for trademark infringement, copyright violations and theft of trade secrets.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims related to the sale and financing of real estate acquisitions, including brokerage disputes.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
  • State Bar of Texas

Awards & Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2004, 2013 through 2018

Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Recent Articles & Presentations

  • October 2018 – “Turning Failure into Success – What to do when mediation fails.” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes.
  • January 2018 – “Get it Right the First Time – Dealing with Animal Accommodation Requests” – private client webinar.
  • October 2017 – “Everything you need to know about the ADA in 45 minutes,” Dallas Bar Association Solo and Small Practice section
  • September 2017 – “Get it Right the First Time – Dealing with Animal Accommodation Requests” – public webinar.
  • August 2017 – “Fair Housing Act Basics,” client continuing education presentation.
  • April 2017 – “Lawyers, Clients and the ADA” Fort Worth Bar Association Real Estate Section.
  • March 2017 – “You and the ADA” Dallas Bar Association Real Estate Section.
  • February 2017 – “Understanding the Fair Housing Act” – private client webinar.
  • October 2016 – “DIY ADA Compliance” – Dairy Queen Operators Association
  • October 2016 – “Law Firms and the ADA – Private Firms are Public Accommodations” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes.
  • September 2016 – “Basic Fair Housing Act Training.” Private webinar for managers and officers of property management company.
  • August 2016 – “ADA web litigation threats.” private webinar for clients of a web design vendor.
  • July 2016 – “Phoney Business – dealing with FHA telephone ‘testers’” public webinar
  • June 2016 – “Avoiding ADA Lawsuits, a DIY Guide” public webinar
  • May 2016 – “ADA for Mediators” seminar for the Alternate Dispute Resolution section of the Dallas Bar Association.
  • April 2016 – “Just Say No to Bogus ESA Requests” public webinar.
  • March 2016 – “Current ADA and FHA issues for municipalities” presented to the office of the City Attorney for Dallas, Texas.
  • February 2016 – “Dealing with deaf and hearing enabled tenants” private client webinar
  • January 2016 – “ADA and the Internet, Shelter from the Storm” public webinar
  • January 2016 – “Drive-by Litigation” presentation to a private group of restauranteurs in Midland, Texas.
  • September 2015 – “Ethical and Legal Obligations of Local Counsel,” Dallas Bar Association Headnotes

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Juris Doctor
    Graduated with Honors
  • Rice University, Bachelor of Arts – Graduated magna cum laude

Contact Richard

Email - rhunt@hunthuey.com
Phone - 972-675-2236
Fax - 214-279-6124

Richard's article on mediation failure and success published in Headnotes

Richard's article, "Turning Failure into Success, What to do When Mediation Fails" was published in the April 2018 edition of the Dallas Bar Association Headnotes. You can read the article using the link above.

Richard interviewed by CW Network on Facebook litigation.

On March 29, 2018 Richard was interviewed for the CW Network morning show about a new Fair Housing Act lawsuit against Facebook. The interview can be watched using this link: "Hunt Interview"

Richard quoted in B2B E-Commerce World.

Richard is quoted in the January January 17, 2018 article by Paul Demery, “The government’s push to higher web accessibility standards.” You can read the article using the link above.

Richard quoted in Usablenet Whitepaper on internet accessibility.

Richard is quoted in the October 2016 Usablenet whitepaper: "The State of Web Accessibility." Contact us by email for a copy of the paper.

Richard & Jeanne's new article, "Law Firms & the ADA: Private Firms Are Public Accommodations" published in DBA Headnotes.

Richard & Jeanne's article describing the ADA obligations of private law firms appears in the October 2016 edition of the Dallas Bar Association Headnotes. You can read the article Private Firms are Public Accommodations

Richard interviewed by The Economist

Richard was interviewed for the article "Frequent Filers" in the May 28, 2016 edition of The Economist and is quoted concerning the number and profitability of ADA lawsuits by serial filers. 

Richard's guest blog posted by the State Bar of Texas

On May 9, 2016 Richard's blog "Big News about ADA Internet Accessibility (maybe)" was published on the Texas Bar Blog. In this article Richard discusses recent cases that have been heralded as big news but may not be as important as they seem. You can read the blog at http://blog.texasbar.com.

Richard interviewed by Midland Reporter-Telegram

Richard was extensively quoted in an article published on February 28, 2016 by the Midland Reporter-Telegram concerning the wave of ADA lawsuits filed against Midland businesses by a single law firm in Florida. Richard has been retained to represent a number of the defendants, and has met with the mayors of Midland and its neighbor Odessa to discuss their options in helping local business avoid this kind of litigation. The article can be found at:

Hunt Interview

Web Accessibility Webinar

Richard will be presenting a public webinar on accessibility issues for web sites under the Americans With Disabilities Act on January 19 and 21, 2016. For more information you check his blog at Accessibility Defense or contact him by phone or email.

Accessibility Defense down under

Richard's Accessibility Defense blog on the ADA implications of POS devices (Click here to read)  was recently cited by the Digital Gap Initiative in Australia, an organization working to make POS devices accessible to those with vision disabilities. 

"Ethical and Legal Obligations of Local Counsel"

Richard's article "Ethical and Legal Obligations of Local Counsel" appears in the September 2015 edition of Headnotes, the Dallas Bar Association magazine (LINK). In it Richard explains the obvious and not-so-obvious problems local counsel face when trying to satisfy the courts, lead counsel, and their ethical obligations to a client.

Richard Joins SMU Faculty

Richard will join the faculty of the SMU Dedman School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching Disability Law beginning in the fall 2015 term. The appointment is a recognition of his scholarly and practical work in the area of disabilities law, including his Accessibility Defense blog, which provides information for lawyers and businesses concerned with defending lawsuits brought under the ADA, FHA and related accessibility laws. 

"How to play a losing hand"

Richard's article titled "How to play a losing hand" was published in the October edition of Headnotes, the Dallas Bar Association magazine. In this article Richard explains how to identify problem cases and how to obtain the best possible results for a client. Read it here:  "How to play"

Richard selected as a 2014 Texas Superlawyer.

No more than five percent of the lawyers in Texas are selected by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in their practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, go to SuperLawyers.com.

"Accessibility Litigation - Is Ignorance Really Bliss?"

Richard's article about the myth that knowledge of ADA and FHA violations can have a negative impact on litigation was published in the May-June edition of Commercial Investment Real Estate, the magazine of the CCIM Institute. Click this link to read the article.  CIRE Article