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Richard A. Bonner

Email: richard.bonner@kempsmith.com
Telephone: 915.533.4424 / Fax: 915.546.5360

Richard A. Bonner is a partner in Kemp Smith's Trial Department. Mr. Bonner has tried numerous jury trials and has over 42 years experience as a trial lawyer.

Mr. Bonner's principal areas of practice include commercial litigation, insurance defense, representation of interstate carriers, products liability, litigation, labor/employment litigation, non-subscriber representation and toxic tort litigation.




  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.J., High Honors, 1975


  • Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • El Paso Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • State Bar of New Mexico
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Senior Fellow)Member, Trial Law Institute
    Member, Diversity Law Institute
    Barrister, Order of Centurions
    Advocate, Order of Certus


  • Texas, 1979
  • New Mexico, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for New Mexico


  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional & Civic Involvement

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979, Mr. Bonner served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lucius D. Bunton, Senior District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas until 1981. Mr. Bonner is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Past-President of the El Paso Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, past Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and past President of TEX-ABOTA, a member and former director of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and former Chairman of the Admissions Committee for the Federal Bar for the Western District of Texas. Mr. Bonner is also a member of the State Bar of Texas, and the American Bar Association, the El Paso Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Bonner was recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer" by the publisher Thomson Reuters for the years 2005-2023, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009-2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Insurance Law. He previously served on the boards of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and The American Red Cross – El Paso Chapter.