Location: Austin Office
Richard H. Grafton has extensive experience in products liability, personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, and construction defect litigation. Rich has tried cases throughout the state of Texas, including in some of the more notorious venues for corporate clients. Rich has extensive experience defending alleged defects in automobiles, light trucks, tires, heavy trucks, commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles and trailers, manufactured housing, consumer products, commercial construction projects, and industrial equipment. Rich has an undergraduate engineering degree and spent six years working in the construction industry before attending law school. He later received an M.B.A and his J.D. with honors. Rich relies upon his technical background and business experience, as many cases involve complex engineering and financial issues. Rich is admitted to all federal courts in Texas. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, by BL Rankings, from 2007- Current. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, and is a member of Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC). When not working, Rich is an full time husband and dad of three kids, a part time traveler and outdoorsman, and occasionally spends time in the woods hunting.
Rich defends cases throughout the country, though primarily in Texas. He recently obtained a defense verdict in San Antonio federal court, in a burn death case involving a commercial truck where the allegation was lack of an adequate egress system. He earlier obtained a defense verdict for the same manufacturer in Houston in a fire death case focused on engine design. He has helped try death cases to a defense verdict for a tire manufacturer and for a large tire retailer both involving tire tread detachment allegations. He led the effort to obtain a summary judgment in a truck rollover case in Oklahoma, and successfully helped to resolve a fire death case pending in Wyoming for a vehicle manufacturer. Rich’s motor vehicle-related experience also includes claims involving handling, stability, roof strength, restraints, fire, fuel systems, warnings/instructions, metallurgical concerns, and fabrication issues. Rich has represented both general contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes involving claims of defective workmanship and warranty claims, including roofing, plumbing, underground utilities, temperature controls, structure, and water proofing issues. He also practices before the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission regarding dealer/manufacturer franchise disputes, where he has represented both dealers and manufacturers before the Commission.