Adam J. Richie, P.E.



303 Colorado Street
Suite 2600
Austin, TX 78701-3924

O: 512.391.6100
D: 512.391.6131

Adam is a member in the Construction and Litigation sections of Munsch Hardt. Prior to entering law school, Adam worked as a Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager at a consulting engineering firm in Houston, Texas, and then after obtaining his law degree, as General Counsel. Adam is also a licensed Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Adam is a frequent speaker to construction industry groups on construction law issues. Adam has significant experience in drafting and negotiating complex design and construction contracts for all types of commercial projects, with a focus on evaluating insurance coverage issues. Adam has also successfully represented owners (public and private), general contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in numerous lawsuits and disputes, allowing his clients to benefit greatly from his extensive background in engineering and construction.


  • Bachelor of Science from University of Houston-Downtown
    • magna cum laude
  • Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law
    • Corporate Counsel Review, Articles Editor (2006) and Managing Editor (2007)


  • Best Lawyer for Construction Law, SA Scene Magazine (2016)


  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

  • Represented a refrigeration contractor on complex international multi-party design/construction defects case involving industrial refrigeration system in large food processing facility.
  • Advised a large governmental entity on all aspects of procurement, and contracting in connection with the site evaluation and project management of a $900 Million expansion program in Austin, Texas, including analysis of insurance policies of prospective design and construction firms. The project includes 1,500,000 square feet of modern, high-performance office buildings connected by underground tunnels and parking facilities.
  • Represented a public owner in connection with the procurement of a Construction Manager-at-Risk for a $200 million river improvements project in San Antonio, including development and negotiation of the construction contract for the project.
  • Represented a heavy civil construction contractor in multi-million dollar claim against the engineer and public owner for delays associated with unknown buried gas pipelines on a flood improvement project.
  • Advised a publicly traded industrial corporation on various legal issues related to EPC contract for $10 Billion refinery expansion project.
  • Developed and negotiated architectural, engineering and construction contracts for public owner's $900 Million hospital expansion program delivered under the construction manager-at-risk delivery method.
  • Performed extensive coverage analysis of ENR Top 200 Contractor's insurance policies for governmental entity on a $400 Million desalination project.
  • Developed and negotiated project management and design/construction contracts for a public owner's service center projects to be delivered under Design-Build delivery method.
  • Represented ENR Top 10 engineering/construction firm in $30 Million design defects claim on a port expansion project.

  • American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum)
  • Associated General Contractors of America, San Antonio Chapter (Board of Directors, 2016)
    • Construction Leadership Forum
    • Certified BIM Instructor for AGC's Unit 3: Building Information Modeling Contract & Negotiation & Risk Allocation
  • LEED Accredited Professional (AP)
  • San Antonio Bar Association (Construction Law Section)
  • State Bar of Texas (Construction Law section and Insurance Law Section)
  • Texas Board of Professional Engineers
  • USGBC Central Texas-Member (Former Vice Chair of Education, Baleones Chapter)


November 2011
Lesser Shades of Green – Highlighting the Risks Involved in Green Building

Construction Today

December 2010
When a Building Falls a Shade Short of Green

Houston Chronicle 

December 2009
Professional Liability Risk for the Contractor – Does Assisting with Design Cross the Line?

San Antonio Construction News  


October 2016
2016 Employment Law, Immigration Law and Construction Law Updates Marsh & McLennan Construction and Employment Seminar
September 2016
Use of New Design and Construction Contracts Presented to the Legal, Procurement and Facilities Departments of a Large Public Owner Client
April 2016
Basics of Contracts San Antonio Chapter of Associated General Contractors
February 2016
BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation Associated General Contractors Building Information Modeling Education Program Unit 3
February 2016
Basics of Mechanics Liens and Payment Bond Claims Presented to a National Group of Construction Project Management Professionals
September 2014
Navigating the Minefield of Risk in Construction Presented to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
August 2014
BIM: The Evolution Design, Construction and the Legal Implication Panelist for presentation at the Joint Associated General Contractors and American Institute of Architects Membership Luncheon
March 2014
Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers Texas Engineering Law Seminar
November 2013
The Changing Landscape of Indemnity Law American Council of Engineering Companies San Antonio Chapter
September 2013
Key Risks in Engineering Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power Engineering Society
March 2013
Expansion of Negligent Misrepresentation Claims Against Texas Engineers Presented to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
April 2012
LEED and Legal Issues Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors San Antonio Chapter
February 2012
Key Risks in Engineering American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Alamo Chapter
July 2011
Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide USGBC Central Texas – Balcones Chapter