Edward L. Rice

Edward L. Rice - Dallas Attorney


Ed Rice clerked for the Chief Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals before he began private practice as a civil litigator in a firm with just under 90 lawyers in 1988. In over twenty-five years of practice, he spent about four years analyzing and reviewing trial court decisions for the appellate courts, and spent the rest of that time litigating in trial and appellate courts. While he handled his first contested probate issues in 1988, it was only in 2002 that he began narrowing his practice to contested probate, guardianship, trust, and other litigation involving fiduciaries. After many civil and criminal trials over the years, he balances compassion, zealous representation, and a protective attitude toward his clients with an unflinching focus on results. His expertise and experience, thorough preparation, a reputation for trustworthiness with opposing counsel, and realistic assessment of riskier cases often result in good settlements for our clients, and improve the likelihood that those cases that do go to trial will win. Ed never forgets that clients do not care how much we know until they know how much we care. He demonstrates his care by helping our clients understand the process and how hard we are fighting for them. In the process, his expertise speaks for itself.

Representative Experience

  • Represented surviving spouses who had favorable wills challenged by children from earlier marriages
  • Protected surviving spouses who faced unfavorable wills and needed to take advantage of the extensive Texas laws designed to protect surviving spouses, minor children, and unmarried adult children who live with their parents
  • Represented children of parents who signed powers of attorney that others had used to take advantage of their parents, to protect property that was vulnerable, to recover what was taken and not already spent, and to get the perpetrators out of their parents’ lives
  • Protected trust beneficiaries from overreaching Trustees who believed their selection to wield the power of a Trustee justified them in disregarding the beneficiaries’ rights
  • Defended Trustees who tried to do the right thing, but were accused of failing to meet the hyper-technical requirements of the Texas Trust Code and the common law that applies to fiduciaries
  • Obtained guardianships to protect elderly victims from those who would otherwise have taken advantage of them and depleted their estates
  • Protected the rights of children parents’ primary marriages from new spouses who tried to take advantage of their surviving parent in the later years of life
  • Member of the Board of Governors, Estate Planning Council of North Texas

Public Speaking & Publications

Caldwell, Burdette, and Rice, Winning the Battle and the War: A Remedies-Centered Approach to Litigation Involving Durable Powers of Attorney, 64 Baylor L. Rev. 435 (2012).

Writing Award: Outstanding Article in 1988

Rice & Cassidy, Discovery and Privilege: The Growing Public Right to “Every Man’s Evidence,” 24 Hous. Law. 29 (March/April 1988).

Writing Award: Outstanding Case Note in Volume 22

Wallace v. Jaffree: The Lemon Test Sweetened, 22 Hous. L. Rev. 1273 (1985).

Modern Tort Law and the Current Insurability Crisis: An Abstract of the Paper and the Speech by George L. Priest, 24 Hous. L. Rev. 65 (1987).

Basic Procedural Considerations in Defending Privileges, Helen A. Cassidy and Edward L. Rice, Appellate Advocate Vol. I, No. IV, p. 10 (1988).

Cassidy & Rice, Privileges & Discovery: The Expanding Scope of Discovery, 52 Tex. B. J. 462 (1989).

Cassidy & Rice, Privileges & Discovery: Obtaining Discovery Rulings and Review of Those Rulings by Mandamus, 52 Te. B. J. 570 (1989)

Bibliography of additional publications in Texas Bar Journal, San Antonio Lawyer magazine, CLE articles, and Appellate Advocate available upon request.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (1982)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas (Law Review) (1987)