Richard Schlueter

Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC
1932 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Ste 100
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 419-9500

Richard Schlueter is a founding partner and managing member of Childers Schlueter & Smith LLC.  He was born in f Florida but grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia .  He graduated from Oxford College of Emory in 1988 and  Emory College in 1990.  He  obtained his law degree from Georgia State College of Law in 1993. He is admitted to the  practice of law in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

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 in in the area of  product liability, medical device, and personal injury claims against corporate and individual defendants inside and outside of the United States. He also devotes a considerable amount of his practice to mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Richard  has testified before Congress in a four party panel 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” concerning his experience in litigation and collection against a Chinese manufacturer and importer of defective products into the United States.

Over the last 25 years, Richard  has represented thousands of individuals nationwide who have been the victims of pharmaceutical drugs and over the counter products  including Fen Phen,  Yaz, Ortho Evra, Bextra, VIoxx, PPA, Dilantin, Pradaxa, Xarelto,  Dilantin, acetaminophen, Round Up, talc, and many more. He has also represented thousands who have been injured by defective orthopedic products of the knee and hip , including products manufactured and distributed by DePuy Orthopedics, Wright Medical Group , Zimmer Biomet and Stryker Corporation.

Richard Schlueter has been appointed in multiple leadership roles on Plaintiff Steering Committees in Federal Court including : Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants before Judge Donovan W. Frank in MDL 2441 in the District Of Minnesota; MDL 2768 Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Product Liability Litigation before the Hon Judge Indira Talwani in the District of Massachusetts  ; MDL 2666 Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation before the Hon Joan  N. Ericksen  in the District of Minnesota.

Richard has been selected by his peers as a Super Lawyer in the practice area of Personal  Injury Products: Plaintiff since 2017.  He has been selected by Best Lawyers peer review process since 2018.   He was selected for inclusion into the Nation’s Top 1% of lawyers by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) since 2015. He has been selected in the top 100 National Trial Lawyers by the National Trial lawyers since 2014 as well as multiple other awards and achievements.  He is a frequent lecturer on product liability topics at legal, medical, and industry conferences .

During his career  Richard  he has tried to verdict in excess of 30 matters in in both State and Federal court including: wrongful death, automobile claims, fiduciary claims, premises liability claims, insurance coverage disputes, and  medical malpractice matters. He has served on multiple litigation teams and committees in mass tort litigation including document review, e- discovery, privilege log, science, bellwether trial selection, subrogation and settlement.

Richard  has mediated thousands of individual matters and has participated as appointed negotiation counsel in  mass tort claims in both open and confidential agreed resolutions that have exceeded more than  $250 million in claims.

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 Michelle and dog Irish in Brookhaven and has three adult children Austin, Julia and Michael.