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R. J. Blue is a board-certified trial lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience, including 12 years working in-house with major insurance companies. R. J. represents businesses and individuals primarily in the defense of claims related to general liability, automobile liability, premises liability and personal injury. He also has experience defending insurance companies in first-party litigation, including underinsured and uninsured motorist claims.

R. J. has tried nearly 100 jury trials to verdict in Texas courts and has second-chaired dozens of additional trials. R. J. also has taught legal education courses on trial advocacy, jury selection, evidence, trial technology and the use of persuasive psychology during trial.

R. J. is considered to the “go-to” attorney for unique legal issues and defenses, often requiring research and unconventional arguments. In responding to this call, R. J. successfully defended cases by arguing loss of consciousness as a defense to negligence, lacking foreseeability for wrongful death and civil immunity for the justifiable use of deadly force. R. J. also handled and tried cases involving violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, defamation, civil conspiracy, breach of contract and fraud.

As an experienced trial attorney, R. J. focuses on case preparation and trial readiness for the purposes of trial and settlement negotiations. 

Areas of Focus

Complex Tort & General Casualty
On personal injury matters, R. J. has defended individuals, businesses and insurers during all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation, discovery, dispositive motions, pre-trial and jury trials. This experience helps him create litigation and trial strategy and evaluate potential verdicts and exposure. Interviewing jurors after each jury trial provided R. J. with additional guidance on effective trial advocacy and presentation of evidence. R. J. prides himself on thorough trial preparation and leverages his experience to protect his clients and prepare them for dismissal, settlement or trial.

Representative Matters

Secured summary judgment on wrongful death case by arguing lacking foreseeability in elaborate chain of events leading to death. Co-defendant settled for $700,000.

Secured favorable settlement in case involving serious injuries, after filing motions for summary judgment, arguing driver’s sudden loss of consciousness was a bar to liability.

Secured summary judgment on premises liability case involving injuries sustained by realtor while showing property.

Secured $20,000 plaintiff’s verdict against $770,000 sought by plaintiff during trial, including $140,000 for future surgery.

Secured defense verdict after successfully arguing for the exclusion of police report and officer’s causation opinion testimony.