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Rick A. Zuniga

  • Rick’s Biography

    Rick Zuniga is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and was raised in Rio Hondo, Texas. He has been a litigator with Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP since 2012.

    Rick was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 2012, the Federal Southern District of Texas in 2012, and obtained a Texas Mediation Certification in 2009.

    Prior to joining Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP, Rick interned with the Texas 13th Court of Appeals, Chief Justice Roy Valdez, Edinburg, Texas 2010; the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judge Emilio Garza, San Antonio, Texas 2011; and Texas Supreme Court, Judge Eva Guzman, Austin, Texas 2012.

    Rick litigates consumer and commercial disputes. He represents creditors, debtors, landlords, real estate companies, and financial institutions, as both plaintiffs and defendants.

    Rick also regularly represents clients in personal injury defense, including general negligence cases, vehicle accidents, premises liability, negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent retention.

    Some notable recent case outcomes include:
    Obtaining a defensive summary judgment on behalf of bank in lender liability suit;
    Obtaining summary judgment on behalf of bank in collection suit;
    Obtaining judgment after trial on behalf of consumer services company;
    Successfully negotiating pre and post judgment collection settlements;
    Successfully domesticating Mexican Judgment; and
    Successfully settling a suit against a trucking company regarding a multiple fatality accident.

    Rick is very active in the local Rio Grande Valley community and the State Bar of Texas. Locally, Rick is the past treasurer and current President Elect for the Hidalgo County Bar Association and the Hidalgo County Bar Foundation, and is a Leadership McAllen Graduate. At the state level, Rick is a member of the Texas Bar College, Texas Bar Foundation, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, and is a Leadership State Bar of Texas graduate.

  • Bar Admissions and Certifications

    • Texas State Bar, 2012
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2012
    • Texas Mediation Certification, 2008
  • Education

    • St. Mary’s School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, May 2012, J.D.
      Honors: Deans List Fall 2009, Spring 2011; Honors Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi.
    • Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, May 2009
      M.A. – Major: Legal Studies
      Honors: Deans List Fall 2008 – Spring 2009
    • Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, May 2008 B.A. – Majors: Political Science & History
      Honors: Deans List Fall 2006 – Spring 2008, summa cum laude, University Honors Program Graduate
    • United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Fall 2004 – Spring 2006
  • Processional Assosciations & Memberships

    • Hidalgo County Bar Association: Member 2012-Present, Director 2018-Present, Treasurer 2019-2020, President Elect 2020-2021, and President 2021-2022
    • Hidalgo County Bar Foundation: Member 2012-Present, Director 2018-Present, Treasurer 2019-2020, President Elect 2020-2021, and President 2021-2022
    • Texas Bar College, Member
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Member
    • Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Member
    • State Bar of Texas Litigation Section, Member
    • Leadership State Bar of Texas Graduate, Class XI
    • Leadership McAllen Graduate, Class XXXIV
  • Past Employment Positions

    • Texas Supreme Court, Judge Eva Guzman, Austin, Texas, 2012 (Judicial Intern)
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judge Emilio Garza, San Antonio, Texas, 2011 (Judicial Intern)
    • Texas 13th Court of Appeals, Chief Justice Roy Valdez, 2010 (Judicial Intern)