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Richard P. Hogan, Jr

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Houston, Texas

Mr. Hogan is among the few attorneys who are triple board-certified in civil appellate law, civil trial law, and personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. With those specializations, he is often called on to lend his expertise to trial teams as the "Lawyer's Lawyer." When hired as part of a trial team, he addresses preservation of error issues and argues directed-verdict motions, expert-witness challenges, bills of exception, and motions to exclude evidence. An example is his engagement by a construction-service client, for whom Mr. Hogan helped obtain a $98.8 million judgment in a business disparagement case, arguing evidentiary points, directed verdicts, and preparing the jury charge at trial.

As an appellate lawyer, Mr. Hogan has argued a civil RICO case in the United States Supreme Court, and he regularly practices before the Texas Supreme Court. The issues in these cases have been broad ranging-from environmental disputes, probate matters, complex procedural fights, governmental immunity challenges, insurance coverage and default judgments, as well as malpractice and personal injury cases. Mr. Hogan served as part of the winning appellate team hired to overturn a $454 million verdict in a tortious interference case. In 2006, Mr. Hogan won two cases in the Texas Supreme Court-one for a plaintiff and one for a defendant. His firm has argued two appeals in the Texas Supreme Court since January 2009, winning both cases. In 2015, the court ruled in favor of enforcing an arbitration agreement in another of his cases. In December 2016, he argued a significant case for ExxonMobil involving the interpretation of the proportionate responsibility statute and employers' duties for employees' conduct. Along with his extensive practice before the Texas Supreme Court, Mr. Hogan has appeared as counsel before all fourteen Texas courts of appeals and in three federal circuit courts of appeals.

Mr. Hogan has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. (Woodward/White, Inc.). He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) every year since 2003. In law school, Mr. Hogan was a national and Texas State Bar moot court champion at an academic institution that has been ranked first in the nation for advocacy training by U.S. News & World Report. After law school, he clerked for the Texas Supreme Court. From June 2005 through April 2007, he was a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he was the litigation section leader in Houston and national appellate practice team co-leader.

Before law school, Mr. Hogan worked in the inner city with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He served as a founding board member of the Jesuit Volunteers, Inc., the national consolidation of the regional Jesuit volunteer organizations.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate - Litigation
  • Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Appellate Law
  • Civil Trial Law
  • Personal Injury Trial Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1985
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas


  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1985
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • A.B. - 1981
    • Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Published Works

  • Mr. Hogan has addressed lawyers on topics including the jury charge, preservation of error, challenges to expert witnesses, jury selection, and oral argument. His input was solicited for an article published in the South Texas Law Review symposium on tort reform, entitled "Charging the Jury in Changing Times." Other recent articles and seminar topics have included "Litigation Management," "The Court's Charge," "Objections to the Charge," "Legal Issues in Jury Selection," "Casteel and Its Impact on Broad Form Submission," "New Jury Charges Under HB4," "The Jury Charge," and "Preservation of Error-Pretrial and Trial (State & Federal)," for the State Bar of Texas; "Broad Form: The Labyrinth Deepens," "Practice Tips on Admitting or Challenging Expert Testimony: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives," and "Preservation of Error Update," for the University of Texas; "The Fall-Out from Romero v. KPH Consolidation: How Will Jury Charge Practice Change?" "Going to the Big Show-Oral Argument in the U.S. Supreme Court," "Supreme Court Update," "Importance of Jury Service," "The New Jury Charge," "Preserving Error in the Trial Court-Top Ten Things to Remember" and "Jury Charge Issues relating to Crown Life v. Casteel," for the Houston Bar Association; "The Labyrinth Deepens-Jury Charge Practice after Harris County v. Smith," for the Appellate Advocate; and "Silencing the Court: Judicial Impartiality v. Free Speech, A Mock Supreme Court Argument," for the American Bar Association.

Representative Clients

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation, Valero Energy Corporation, Premcor, Dana Corporation, DCP Midstream, Cooper Industries, Eaton Corporation, American Power Conversion Corporation.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association, Co-Chair, Planning Committee, Civil/Appellate Bench Bar Conference
  • American Bar Association, Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Vice Chair, Civil Procedure and Evidence Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Program Director, Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Greenhill Fellow
  • Appellate Advocacy Committee, Vice Chair
  • Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee, Member
  • Administration of Justice Committee, Member
  • Appellate Delay Reduction Committee, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Partner, 2005 - 2007
  • Fisher Gallagher Perrin & Lewis, Associate, 1986 - 1991
  • Supreme Court of Texas, Law Clerk, 1985 - 1986


  • Spanish
  • English (Primary)


Hogan And Hogan

Pennzoil Place
711 Louisiana, Suite 500
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-222-8800
Fax: 713-222-8810
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