Houston Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal responsibility, my role as being responsible for others and the value of hard work were instilled in me at a young age. Growing up in the small, north Texas town of Sherman, I worked to help support my mom and two younger brothers beginning in the seventh grade. I know what it’s like when the deck is stacked against you, but I also know the value of pulling together – and the importance of getting a helping hand. I went from being a paper boy to wanting to be a lawyer at about that same time, when my mom got cleaned out in my parent’s divorce. She didn’t have the legal help she needed and the system didn’t treat her fairly. In my job as a Board Certified Trial Attorney, I make sure my client’s get their share of justice in the legal system.
My Mom continued to work hard and gave my two brothers and me a great upbringing. I worked hard, played football, studied as best I could, and had the greatest buddies a guy could ever have. But I always remembered the sting of being overpowered. This feeling has made me always keep an eye out for the little guy. From day one of my career I have worked as a lawyer for people who have been unfairly victimized – good folks injured by unsafe products, by careless citizens or employers. Always have, always will.
Before law school, I graduated from Austin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Austin College was great with the best thing being it is where I met my wife and made lifelong friends. In addition to the heavy work load I was active in politics on campus and athletics. I worked throughout college. I worked as a cook, waiter and bartender in restaurants. I also drove 18 wheelers for Mayflower moving company all over the country during the summer. I maintain my CDL and have first-hand knowledge of the trucking industry having actually driven an 18 wheeler over the road.
I earned my law degree from South Texas College of Law. During law school, I gained admission to the Law Review and held the position of Assistant Editor in Chief. STCL has the best courtroom advocacy skills team in the country. Year in and year out it is ranked at the top in this category. For two years I was a member of the vaunted STCL moot court team during law school, competing in tournaments around the country. In addition to arguing as an advocate in the competitions I was always the brief writer for my teams. My briefs were awarded “best brief” awards in moot court tournaments twice. During my third year of law school, I was awarded the Distinguished Service Award as recognition of my accomplishments in the advocacy program.
Right out of law school I began my career at a major Houston personal injury litigation firm. I worked on cases involving unsafe cars, trucks and vans and 18 wheeler wrecks. The firm was great but I wanted to have a say in all of the decisions. So when I was 32, my law partner, Tony Denena and I formed Denena Points, PC. Since then, I have tried several more injury cases to verdict. I have taken on cases against major corporations such as General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Suzuki, Toyota, Chrysler, Firestone, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Goodyear, Dunlop Tire, Hankook Tire, TRW, Takata, Autoliv, Alcoa, several offshore maritime companies, massive apartment management and leasing companies and others on behalf of families all over Texas, in several federal courts in Texas and in other states around the country. Also, I have handled to resolution hundreds of other cases like car wrecks, truck wrecks, motorcycle wrecks, offshore injuries, balcony collapses, carnival injuries and injuries in stores and on business properties. These are the types of cases Tony and I have a passion for and continue to aggressively pursue on behalf of our clients.
In addition to this practical experience handling a wide variety of cases, I have written extensively on issues related to expert testimony admission, automotive products liability, accident reconstruction, toxic torts, and multi-district litigation.
Texas Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer
I am Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law. Only approximately 2% of all lawyers in Texas are Board Certified. To become Board Certified a lawyer must have substantial involvement in a particular area of law, must have taken to jury verdict several trials, obtain recommendations from judges and other lawyers and pass a comprehensive exam.
I was named a “Rising Star” in personal injury litigation by Thomson Reuters as published in Texas Monthly magazine in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. This honor is granted to only 2.5% of attorneys in Texas under the age of 40. Now that I am over 40 and too old to be a Rising Star, Thomson Reuters has named me as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2014.
I have been with my beautiful and brilliant wife Jenifer since 1993. Jenifer is also an attorney and practiced for six years after graduating law school from the University of Texas. We have three wonderful young children – two boys ages 9 and 7 and little spark plug of a girl who is 4. Family is so important to me and I spend as much time as I can with my wife and children. Currently I am coaching basketball and flag football and try to coach everything I have the time to coach with my boys. I coach my daughter in soccer and basketball. Jenifer is now serving a two year term as the President of the school PTA having just concluded a two year term as Treasurer. I serve our community as the head of the recreation committee with our homeowners’ association. Somehow Jenifer juggles her massive role as great mother and wife, gives time to our community, still does some legal work on the side and has turned into a great guitar player. We are parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manvel.
I am licensed to practice law in the state courts of Texas and the United States District Courts in the Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. I have served as counsel in California, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland and Colorado as well. I am a member of the American League of Justice (ALJ), the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), the Texas Bar Association, The Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA), and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.