Richard Kuniansky was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1953. He received his preparatory education at the University of Georgia, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. He received his J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif in 1978. Since his graduation, Mr. Kuniansky has been involved almost exclusively in the litigation of criminal cases.
Mr. Kuniansky tried his first jury trial in his first week as a state prosecutor, and has tried over 100 jury trials since, as both a state and federal prosecutor, and for the past 28 years, as a criminal defense attorney. From 1978 to 1980, he served as a prosecutor for the State of Georgia, then becoming an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta) and a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida (Miami) assigned to the Presidential Drug Task Force. After prosecuting primarily white collar criminal cases, criminal tax cases and drug cases for the Department of Justice for over seven years, Mr. Kuniansky left government service to join a premier downtown Houston law firm, where he spent the next five years engaged in a litigation practice with heavy emphasis in criminal tax defense and commercial litigation, before forming his own law firm in 1992.
Mr. Kuniansky has prosecuted and defended some of the largest fraud cases in the country. He prosecuted several businessmen for violating the Armed Export Control Act by exporting mid-air refueling aircraft to Mohammar Khadafi and Libya; prosecuted what was then the largest bribery case in the history of the IRS; defended a $7 billion Ponzi scheme; defended a postal theft of approximately $23 million; defended a mortgage fraud case involving tens of millions of dollars; defended several medicare fraud cases involving tens of millions of dollars; and defended a money laundering case involving several million dollars. Mr. Kuniansky is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
He has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards) and was named a Texas Super Lawyer in 2004. Mr. Kuniansky has lectured at seminars hosted by the Houston Bar Association-Criminal Procedures Section, Houston Bar Association-Tax Section, Southern Methodist University School of Law and the American Association of Immigration Lawyers.
Georgia - 1978, Texas - 1988, Northern District of Georgia - 1978, Southern District of Texas - 1987, Northern District of Texas - 1991, Western District of Texas - 1991, Eastern District of Texas -1992, District of Arizona - 1992, United States Supreme Court - 1992, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - 1981, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals - 1981, United States Tax Court - 1992
Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Texas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Houston Bar Association, Federal Bar Association