Richard Gary Thomas*

Richard  Gary Thomas

Richard Gary Thomas

*Retired and inactive with the State Bar of Texas

Dallas, Texas

Richard Thomas was born and raised in Navasota, Texas and is a founding partner of Thomas, Feldman & Wilshusen, LLP. Mr. Thomas served as a partner from the firm's inception in 1990 until December 31, 2013 when he became Of Counsel and later Senior Counsel to the firm until December 31, 2016. Mr. Thomas is currently retired and is on Inactive status with the State Bar of Texas. While partner of the firm, he handled all types of issues and disputes involving construction projects. He was a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, the membership of which is approximately 190 lawyers nationwide (including a few from Canada, Great Britain, and Australia) and is by invitation only. Mr. Thomas also served the legal profession by holding leadership positions in the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry (former Chair of Specialty Contractors and Suppliers Division), the Construction Law Section of the of the State Bar of Texas (former member of Governing Council), Dallas Bar Association Construction Law Section (former Member of Governing Committee), and Attorneys Council of the national American Subcontractors Association (former Chair). Mr. Thomas was designated as a Super Lawyer in the area of construction litigation from 2013 to 2016. He served the subcontracting industry as general counsel for the American Subcontractors Association's Texas and North Texas Chapters, and as general counsel for the Texas Construction Association, a legislatively active Texas statewide association on proposed legislation affecting the construction industry. He frequently testified as a resource witness for pending construction industry legislation before various committees of the Texas Legislature. While he was not a lobbyist, he is a primary author of eight Texas statutes affecting the construction industry, and a contributing author of several more. Mr. Thomas also filed numerous Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) Briefs in cases involving construction law and subcontractor issues. He was a frequent speaker and author of legal articles concerning construction industry legal subjects.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • J.D.
    • Law Review: St. Mary's Law Journal, Associate Editor, 1971 - 1972
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • How To Beat a No Damage For Delay Clause (Co-Author) , 9 The Construction Lawyer, 17, 1989
  • Construction Law: Annual Survey of Texas Law (Co-Author) , 44 S.W.L.J. 2101 (1990)
  • Comment, The Texas Aeronautics Commission And Its Rate Regulating Function , 3 St. Mary's L.J. 1266 (1971)


  • 2011 Texas Legislative Session - Indemnity, Retainage Lien, and Lien Waiver Form Statutes, Texas Construction Association
  • Revising and Negotiating Subcontracts, Mason Contractors Association of America, 2008
  • Subcontracts and Purchase Orders - Beyond The Basics, Construction Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • Ethics: When Is Enough, Enough, Construction Law Section State Bar of Texas, 2004
  • How to Collect Payment Bond Claims, American Subcontractors Association, Inc., 1999
  • Construction Lawyering on the Internet, ABA Forum on Construction Law, 1998
  • The Art of Negotiation, American Subcontractors Association, Inc., 1997
  • Collecting Your Money, American Subcontractors Association, Inc., 1996
  • Changes: The Owner's Point of View, ABA Forum on Construction Law, 1996
  • Killer Subcontract Clauses, ASA, North Texas Chapter; ASA of Houston; ABC, North Texas Chapter; National Electric Contractors Association; Construction Finance Managers Association; Texas Glass Association, 1990 - Present
  • Perfecting Lien & Bond Claims, ASA, North Texas Chapt.; ASA, Rio Grande Valley Chapter; ABC, North Texas Chapter; ASA of Houston, 1990 - Present
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Construction Law Practice, Construction Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 1988

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers - Dallas Construction Law and Construction Litigation 2014-2015
  • Texas Super Lawyers (Construction Litigation) 2013-2016
  • Texas Monthly - 2014 Top Attorney Recognition
  • Fellow: American College of Construction Lawyers
  • American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell 2016 Top Rated Lawyers in Construction Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow: American College of Construction Lawyers, 2011
  • American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, Chairman, Specialty Contractors & Suppliers Division 1997-1999
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Construction Law Committee, Subcommittee on Expert Witnesses of the Construction Industry, Subcommittee Chair 2000-2001
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, Charter Member; Legislative Affairs Liaison, 2004, Governing Council, 2005-2008
  • Dallas Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Charter Member; Governing Council, 1986-1989
  • Texas Construction Association, General Counsel, 1998 - Present
  • American Subcontractors Association, Member, National Attorney's Council (Chair 1994-1995), 1994 - 1995
  • DFW Drywall & Accoustical Association of Dallas, Inc., General Counsel, 2009 - 2016
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of Texas, Inc., Member, Board of Directors, 1995 - 1999
  • Associated Builders & Contractors of North Texas, Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1992 - 1994
  • American Subcontractor's Association, North Texas Chapter, General Counsel, 1990 - 2016


  • Phi Gamma Delta