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Richard A. Capshaw

Richard A. Capshaw


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  • Design Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Construction Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer, Construction
  • Super Lawyers 2005-2019
  • Board Certified: Civil Trial Law,
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • American Board of Trial Advocates


Richard Capshaw was born in Columbus, Georgia, August 12, 1958; admitted to the bar, 1981, Texas, the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Preparatory education: Oklahoma State University, Psychology Major (B.S. 1978). Legal education: University of Oklahoma (J.D. 1981). Phi Delta Phi; Editor, Oklahoma Law Review, 1979-1981. Board Certified – Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.



Richard began his legal career in 1981, with the Dallas law firm of Seay, Gwinn, Crawford, Mebus & Blakeney. In 1982, he became associated with Haynes & Boone, L.L.P., where he became a partner in 1989. In February 1993, he joined the Dallas office of Scott, Douglass & Luton, L.L.P. In March 1994, Richard formed the law firm of Capshaw, Goss & Bowers, L.L.P. In 2007, Richard formed Capshaw & Associates. Richard has been actively involved in general commercial litigation. Throughout his career, Richard has concentrated on construction litigation representing design professionals, owners, and contractors in the avoidance, prosecution and defense of construction claims. Richard has also prosecuted and defended cases involving defective products, personal injury claims and contract disputes between individuals and companies. Richard also has extensive experience in the mediation process and acts as a mediator in facilitating the resolution of disputes.


Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
State Bar of Texas, Construction Section
Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Super Lawyers 2005-2018
Super Lawyer in construction law by the Texas Lawyer

Richard has also been selected for membership in ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) which is a select organization of experienced trial lawyers that supports the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution and the right to trial by jury. Membership requires extensive actual jury trial experience and a select nomination process. Richard served as President of the Dallas Chapter of ABOTA in 2018. Richard has served on the Executive Committee for the Dallas Chapter for many years.


  • Richard is a frequent speaker on insurance and construction law
  • Contributing editor: Architect and Engineer LiabilityClaims Against Design Professionals
  • Author: Statute of ReposeDead or Alive?
  • Contributing Author: Architect and Engineer LiabilityClaims Against Design ProfessionalsSecond Edition.
  • Contributing Author: Architect and Engineer Liability; Claims Against Design Professionals, Second Edition.
  • Author:  What a Design Professional Should Expect When a Claim is Received, Professional Defense Liability Federation, Summer 2011 Quarterly
  • Author:  Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues; Lorman Education Services
  • Author:  Responding to Claims Against Design Professionals – A Guide to Assessing & Responding to Claims on Behalf of Design Professionals;
    Dallas Bar Association
  • Featured speaker and conducted mock trials in the areas of insurance and construction law.
  • Speaking engagements include:
  • State Convention for the Texas Society of Architects
  • State Convention for SEOT (Structural Engineers Organization of Texas); SPECS 92, SPECS 93, SPECS 94, SPECS 96, and SPECS 98
  • Advanced Civil Trial Course sponsored by the State Bar of Texas
  • 18th Annual Construction Law Conference “Architect/Engineering Agreements
  • Numerous Architect/Engineer Liability and Practice seminars; Trade and industry sponsored events