Alexander, Richard
Richard Alexander
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Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury
  • Auto Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Birth Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Childhood Sexual Assault
  • Insurance Law
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
Biography

Richard Alexander is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Alexander Law Group, LLP. He is a nationally-recognized personal injury lawyer and consumer protection advocate. Richard has over 30 years of in-depth legal expertise in the areas of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, wrongful death and other serious injuries resulting from car, truck, motorcycle and SUV accidents as well as injuries from defective products, leading to an exceptional record of success on behalf of his clients.

Richard has successfully represented clients against large companies and organizations such as IBM, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, BMW, Nissan, Honda, Pacific Gas & Electric, General Electric, Amtrak, Southern Pacific Railroad, DuPont, Shell Oil, Amoco, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Nationwide Insurance, Allstate Insurance, Fluor Corporation, Bausch & Lomb, Sears, Weyerhaeuser and the California Department of Transportation.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University with double majors [economics and political science], Richard was awarded a full-tuition National Honor Scholarship to the prestigious University of Chicago Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate.

Richard began his legal career working with renowned attorneys Melvin Belli and James F. Boccardo before starting his own firm.

Richard has strived throughout his entire career to make the law work for the common man; to be an advocate for the consumer, and year after year his superior results are noted by his peers and by what his clients say about him.

No lawyer fights harder than Richard Alexander to make sure his clients get the compensation they deserve.

Education
  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1969
    • Honors: Awardee, Full-Tuition National Honor Scholarship
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1966
    • Honors: Phi Sigma Alpha
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: Political Science
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan, 1969
  • California, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1972
Honors
  • First Recipient, Pro Bono Award for Advocacy & Service on Behalf of Persons Injured in the Work Place, Santa Clara Ctr for OSHA, August
  • Man of the Year Award, Women's Fund
  • Mayor's Commendation for Distinguished Service
  • Santa Clara County Youth Commission Medal
  • Outstanding Young Men of America
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Nominee, Statewide Street Fighter of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Best Personal Injury Lawyer, San Jose Magazine
  • Rated “Superb” by AVVO
  • Highest Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Super Lawyer, Northern California Super Lawyers
Classes & Seminars
  • Lecturer, Traumatic Brain Injury - Proving a Lifetime Disability, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, November 1994
  • Lecturer, Anatomy of a Crisis when a Medical Device Product Fails -- Plaintiff's Perspective, 1994 Medical Device CEO Summit, Pebble Beach, September 1994
  • Lecturer, Creative Advocacy Training Trial Skills Workshop, San Francisco Bar Association, May 1994
  • Lecturer, Bridging the Gap: A Program for New Attorneys - Developing Your Talents, Santa Clara County Bar Association, February 1994
  • Lecturer, Consumer Class Actions: A Primer for P.I. Attorneys, California Trial Lawyers Association, Lake Tahoe, April 1994
  • Adjunct Faculty, Advocacy Skills Workshop: Closing Argument and Trial, Stanford University School of Law, January 14-15, 1994
  • Computer Simulation and Animation in the Courtroom, CTLA Annual Convention, San Francisco, November 1993
  • Breast Implants, L-Tryptophan and Utility Pick-up Trucks, Ethics in Business Forum, May 1992
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and the Legal System, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference, San Jose, 00/00/1992 to 00/00/1992
  • The Mac in the Law Office: A Research Tool in Toxic Tort Injury Cases, MacWorld Exposition, San Francisco, 00/00/1992 to 00/00/1992
  • Torts of Abuse, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, November 1991
  • Legal and Financial Issues for Head Injury Survivors and Their Families, Brain Injury Task Force of Santa Clara County and the Family Survival Project, May 1991
  • Professor John J. Montgomery of Santa Clara County College v. Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, A Paternity Suit to Determine the True Father of American Aviation, Santa Clara University/Santa Clara County Historical Society Court of Historical Review, March 1991
  • Products Liability: Ending Secrecy in Defective Product Litigation - New Federal Reporting Rule for Consumer Products, California Trial Lawyers Association, Lake Tahoe, March 1991
  • Proving Defective Design in Defective Automobile Cases, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Diego, November 1990
  • Proposition 51 Complications in Cases of Employer Negligence, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Diego, November 1990
  • 7th Annual Advocacy College - Trial Skills by the Masters, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco, September 1990
  • Joint and Several Liability Revisited, University of California Continuing Education of the Bar, San Jose, August 1990
  • Maximizing Recoveries for Victims of Personal Injuries, Central Coast Trial Lawyers Association, San Luis Obispo, May 1990
  • Demonstrative Evidence in Products Liability Cases, California Trial Lawyers Association, Lake Tahoe, March 1990
  • Fundamentals of Personal Injury Litigation, 24 Hour Course, San Jose, November 1989, November 1987, December 1985, November 1981-1984
  • Liens on Personal Injury Recoveries, Sunnyvale, September 1989, Monterey, August 1989, Fresno, August 1989
  • Sharpening Your Basic Trial Skills, University of California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • 1989 Update Program: Personal Injury Litigation, The Rutter Group and the Santa Clara County Bar Association, San Jose, February 1989
  • Malpractice and Professional Liability, National Association of Social Workers, San Jose, 00/00/1988 to 00/00/1988
  • 1988 Update: Personal Injury Litigation/1987 Reform Legislation, The Rutter Group and the Santa Clara County Bar Association, San Jose, January 1988
  • Update on Mandatory Legal Malpractice Insurance, The State Bar of California, Los Angeles, September 1987
  • Settling Personal Injury Cases with Your Eyes Open - Settlement Law and Practice, The Rutter Group and the Santa Clara County Bar Association, San Jose, July 1987
  • Trial Skills Workshop, University of California Continuing Education of the Bar, San Jose, June 1987
  • Prescription for Recovery of the Abused Child: An Inter-Disciplinary Approach, Children's Hospital Mental Health Symposium, San Francisco, February 1987
  • Effective Investigation - A Special Case Study, Central Coast Claims Association, San Jose, February 1987
  • Recovering Damages for Child Abuse, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, San Francisco, January 1987
  • State Bar Board of Governors' Report, Santa Cruz County Bar Association, October 1986
  • Meeting the Challenge of the Child Sexual Abuse Case, Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association, Santa Rosa, 00/00/1986 to 00/00/1986
  • Direct Evidence in Civil Trial Practice, California Trial Lawyers Association, Annual State Convention, Newport Beach, 00/00/1986 to 00/00/1986
  • Advanced Advocacy College - Demonstrative Evidence, California Trial Lawyers Association, Los Angeles, May 1986
  • A Day in Court, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Jose, July 1986
  • Medical Malpractice and Today's Insurance Environment, Western Section Radiologists Educational Seminar, San Francisco, 00/00/1986 to 00/00/1986
  • New Developments in Providing Compensation for Victims of Crime - The Molested Child, Joint Meeting of the Certified Family Law Specialists and the Palo Alto Bar Association, 00/00/1985 to 00/00/1985
  • Child Abuse and the Law, Child Advocacy Council, Redwood City, 00/00/1985 to 00/00/1985
  • Civil Remedies for Victims of Crime, Santa Clara County Victim Witness Assistance Center, 00/00/1985 to 00/00/1985
  • Remedies for Victims of Crimes While Avoiding the Intentional Tort Insurance Exclusion, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 00/00/1985 to 00/00/1985
  • Increasing Professional Visibility Through the Media, State Bar of California Conference of Bar Leaders, San Jose, 00/00/1985 to 00/00/1985
  • Bad Faith Litigation, Establishing Insurance Coverage in Child Molestation Cases, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Diego, 00/00/1984 to 00/00/1984
  • Epilogue to Amelia, San Francisco Women in Criminal Justice, 00/00/1984 to 00/00/1984
  • Representing the Victim of Sexual Assault, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 00/00/1984 to 00/00/1984
  • Tort Damages for Child Abuse, Georgetown University Law Center, Continuing Legal Education Division, Washington, District of Columbia, 00/00/1984 to 00/00/1984
  • A Multimillion Dollar Judgement, From Beginning the Settlement, Georgetown University Law Center, Continuing Legal Education Division, Washington, District of Columbia, 00/00/1982 to 00/00/1982
  • Anatomy of an $8.5 Million Settlement, Throop v. Conrail, Georgetown University Law Center, Continuing Legal Education Division, Washington, District of Columbia, 00/00/1981 to 00/00/1981
  • Advanced Discovery Techniques: Modern Information Sources, Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, 00/00/1982 to 00/00/1982
  • Computerized Discovery and the Information Explosion, Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, 00/00/1981 to 00/00/1981
  • Creative Approaches to Discovery, Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association, 00/00/1981 to 00/00/1981
  • Products Liability, an Overview, San Francisco, 00/00/1981 to 00/00/1981
  • Developments in Product Liability Law, Bay Area Legal Secretaries Forum, Sunnyvale, 00/00/1980 to 00/00/1980
  • Products Liability, Preparation and Proof of the Plaintiff's Case, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco/Los Angeles, 00/00/1978 to 00/00/1978
  • Moderator, Search and Seizure and Eyewitness Identification, School of Law, University of Puget Sound, Continuing Legal Education of the Bar, 00/00/1985 to 00/00/1985
  • Constitutional Developments: The Fourth Amendment, California Trial Lawyers Association, Newport Beach, 00/00/1973 to 00/00/1973
  • Habeas Corpus and Mandamus as Remedies for Denial of Administrative Discharges, Chicago Military Conference, 00/00/1970 to 00/00/1970
Published Works
  • Advanced Litigation Support: Computerized Information Sources for Trial Attorneys, 12 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 54, 1982
  • Products Liability: Proving the Plaintiff's Case, 18 In Brief 22, 1981
  • Consumers' Rights in the Legal Marketplace, 54 Cal. St. B.J. 314, 1979
  • Videotape in the Courtroom, 14 In Brief 50, 1978
  • The Right to Privacy and Arrest Record Retention of the Innocent, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Forum, May, 1974
  • Privacy, Banking and the Supreme Court; A Before and After Look at Miller (Co-Author with Roberta Spurgeon), 10 Sw. U. L. Rev. 13, 1978
  • Arrest Record Expungement in California: The Polishing of Sterling (Co-Authored with Kathleen Walz), 9 U.S.F. L. Rev. 299, 1974
  • Grand Jury Indictment Versus Prosecution by Information--An Equal Protection--Due Process Issue (Co-Authored with Sheldon Portman), 25 Hastings L.J. 977 (Adopted, Hawkins v. Superior Court, 22 C.3d 584, 1974), 1978
  • Complex Litigation: How to Harness the Information Explosion, 15 Trial 74, 1982
  • Admissibility of Experimental Evidence, 12 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 190, 1982
  • Product Liability Cases: A Game Plan for Success, 12 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 95, 1982
  • Admiralty, Federalism and the New York Direct Action Statute: Seamen's Rights to Enforce Jones Act Judgments, 49 Brook. L. Rev. 179, 1983
  • Punitive Damages: Corporate Liability for the Acts of Agents and Employees (Co-Authored with Robert Bohn), 13 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 338, 1983
  • Ethical Considerations: Organized Labor Actions by District Attorneys and Public Defenders, 21 In Brief 35, 1984
  • Attorney's Fees for Pro Bono Services, 15 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 60, 1985
  • It's Time for the Bar to Meet the Press, 15 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 234, 1985
  • The Litigation Explosion Myth and the Confusion About Court Congestion 15 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 290, 1985
  • The Effect of Inflation or Damages for Future Losses, 16 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 173, 1986
  • Civil Litigation Specialist--Time for Comment, 17 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 173, 1987
  • New Directions in Product Liability Warning Cases (Co-Authored with Robert Bohn), 18 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 123, 1988
  • Proving a National Real Estate Franchisor's Joint Venture Tort Liability, 20 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 221, 1990
  • Limiting the Application of Proposition 51 in Cases of Liability Based on Public Policy, 20 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 299, 1990
  • Ending Secrecy in Defective Product Litigation, 21 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 133, 1991
  • Aviation Litigation: Protecting Government From Liability - FAA Approach to Flight Safety, 21 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 67, 1991
  • A Developing Toxic Tort: Lumber Mills, Log Cabins, Leukemia, Lymphomas and Soft Tissue Sarcomas: The Case against Pentachlorophenol (Co-Authored with Robert Bohn), 21 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 195, 1991
  • Ending Secrecy in Defective Product Litigation: New Federal Reporting Rule for Consumer Products, 21 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 103, 1991
  • A Protocol for Increasing Client Communication and Successful Case Outcomes: Replicating the Medical Model of Service Delivery in a Remedial Practice, 21 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 357, 1991
  • Cancer War Needs an Informed Public: Known Carcinogens to be Avoided, 22 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 13, 1992
  • Preparing the Defective Product Case, 47 The California Legal Secretary 34, February, 1993
  • Product Liability: Preventing Deaths From Tire Explosions Caused by Known Design Defects, 22 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 17, September, 1992
  • Proving Chemically Induced Asthma Symptoms: Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome, A New Medical Development, 22 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 13, July/Aug, 1992
  • Traumatic Brain Injury - Proving a Lifetime Disability, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco Convention Handbook, November, 1994
  • Cutting Edge Litigation: Computer Simulation and Animation in the Courtroom - The New Wave, California Trial Lawyers Association, San Francisco Convention Handbook, November, 1993
  • Fraud by Adoption Agencies, 23 California Trial Lawyers Association Forum 27, March, 1993
  • A New and Developing Tort: Adoption Fraud, California Trial Lawyers Association Tahoe Convention Handbook, March, 1993
Fraternities or Sororities
  • Phi Delta Phi
Certified Legal Specialties
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Professional Associations
  • Santa Clara County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Chair, 1978 to 1980
  • Superior Court Arbitration Administration Committee, Co-Chair, 1979 to 1982
  • Santa Clara County Law Library Foundation, Founding Director, 1985
  • PSA Air Disaster, Plaintiff's Steering Committee, Member, 1987 to 1987
  • Southern Pacific R.R. Sacramento River Spill, Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Member, 1991 to 1991
  • National Plaintiff's Attorneys' Committee, Sears Automotive Fraud, Class Action, Concluded, Member, 1992 to 1992
  • National Plaintiff's Attorneys' Committee, General Electric Energy, Choice Light Bulb Fraud Class Action, U.S.D.C., N.D. Cal., Member
  • National Plaintiff's Attorneys' Committee, General Motors' Pick-up, Saddle Bag Gas Tanks Class Action, Phila. U.S.D.C., E.D. Penn., Member
  • Allstate Neighborhood Agents Class Action, Executive Committee, Member
  • Richmond Toxic Cloud Class Action, Executive Committee, Member
  • Nat'l Plaintiff's Management Committee, Bausch & Lomb Contact Lenses, Class Certified by the U.S.D.C. of Georgia, Member, 1994 to 1994
  • California Lawyers' PAC, Board of Directors, Member, 1989
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators, Member
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates, Founding Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Trustee, 1979 to 1981
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, President, 1984 to 1984
  • State Bar of California, Committee on Professional Ethics, Member, 1977 to 1981
  • State Bar of California, Board of Governors, Member, 1985 to 1988
  • State Bar of California, Vice President, 1987 to 1988
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, Member, 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 1999
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1995 to 1996
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee, Member, 1991
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation, Member
  • California Trial Lawyers Association, Recognized Experience in Trial, Trial Law, Personal Injury and Product Liability
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Founding Member
Current Employment Position
  • Founder
  • Managing Partner
Past Positions
  • California Commission on Mandatory Legal Malpractice Insurance, Member, 1986 to 1987
  • Santa Clara County Data Confidentiality Commission, Chair, 1977 to 1978
  • Santa Clara County Data Confidentiality Commission, Member, 1976 to 1978