Richard A. Schell

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Richard Alexander Schell (born March 10, 1950) is a Senior United States District Judge.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Schell received a B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1972 and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1975. He was an Instructor, Southern Methodist University Law School from 1975 to 1976. He was an Assistant district attorney of Collin County, Texas in 1976. He was in private practice in McKinney, Texas from 1977 to 1982. He was a judge on the County Court at Law, Collin County, Texas from 1982 to 1986. He was a judge on the 219th Judicial District Court of Texas from 1986 to 1988.

On April 13, 1988, Schell was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas vacated by William M. Steger. Schell was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 27, 1988, and received his commission on June 6, 1988. He served as chief judge from 1994 to 2001. He took senior status on March 10, 2015.