Childers, Schlueter & Smith

Speaker Bio

Richard Schlueter has spent his career representing individuals and families who have been harmed as the result of wrongful conduct by others.

He regularly practices in both state and federal courts and has worked as a local counselor for out-of-state firms in the pursuit of justice for clients in product liability, medical malpractice and personal injury claims. Further, he has been admitted pro hac vice in many states to pursue client’s claims in other jurisdictions, as well as pursue claims against corporate defendants outside of the U.S.

Additionally, he has testified before Congress to bring greater accountability to foreign manufacturers for harm caused to U. S. consumers in the proposed bill “Protecting Americans From Unsafe Foreign Products Act.”

Since 2010, he has represented hundreds of individuals across the U.S. who have been injured by metal-on-metal hip implant products, including products sold by Depuy, Wright, Biomet and Stryker. He has served in leadership roles in nationwide product liability litigations, including the appointment to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II multi-district litigation. Richard was also recently selected to serve on the national leadership for MDL 2666 regarding the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation.

Over the last 20 years, he has represented thousands of individuals nationwide who have been the victims of pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices, including defective hip implants, transvaginal mesh implants (TVM), Yaz and Yasmin, Xarelto, Pradaxa, NuvaRing, Dilantin, Topamax and many more.

Recently, Richard was selected for inclusion into the Nation’s Top 1% of lawyers by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC). The mission of the NADC is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. By virtue of the incredible selectivity and process, only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”.

During his career, Richard has tried to verdict in more than 30 trials in both state and federal courts, including wrongful death, automobile claims, insurance coverage disputes, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation matters. He has mediated at least 100 individual claims and negotiated more than 1,000 successful settlements in both open and confidential agreed resolutions.

Richard Schlueter has consistently devoted a portion of his time to assist the indigent and in other pro bono matters to provide representation to individuals who otherwise could not afford legal services. He has participated in various volunteer programs including the Truancy Intervention Project and has received awards from the State Bar of Georgia for “Outstanding Public Service in Providing Legal Representation to the Low Income Citizens of Georgia.”

Richard Schlueter lives with his wife and three children in Brookhaven.