Loren Klitsas | Personal Injury
As the managing partner of Klitsas, Vercher & Capps, PC, Loren Klitsas and his team, operating with the “we only get paid if you win mentality,” have won more than $150 million for their clients. “We love having the ability to solve problems and using our passion to help others,” says Klitsas, a graduate of South Texas College of Law. In his 23 years of service to injury victims, Klitsas has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbard—the highest peer review rating for attorneys—and has been honored by the American Board of Trial Advocates and as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine, among many other distinctions.
Klitsas, Vercher & Capps, PC
550 Westcott, Ste. 570
Houston, TX 77007
Barbara K. Runge
Board certified in family law since 1981, Barbara handles divorce cases, complex property cases, custody cases, modifications and premarital and marital agreements. She is also a mediator and arbitrator. Additionally, Barbara represents clients using the collaborative method or litigation as determined by the case and the client’s desires. Her individual practice is only enhanced by her active participation in and dedication to many top legal organizations. Barbara has received numerous awards and honors, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Tech School of Law, the Gulf Coast Family Law Specialists’ David Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in Family Law and the Outstanding Service Award for Texas Tech School of Law.
BARBARA K. RUNGE
5615 Kirby Dr., Ste. 920
Houston, TX 77005
Crain, Caton & James | Wills, Trusts & Estates
Attorney Sarah Patel Pacheco and her team of H Texas “Top Lawyers” specialize in representing trustees, executors, beneficiaries and other individuals in complex estate, and trust and fiduciary matters, including litigation and administration. Ms. Pacheco is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a co-author of three legal treatises. She has been repeatedly recognized for her expertise, including being named as one of the Top 50 Female Attorneys in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine and Best Lawyers’ 2014 Houston Litigation – Trust & Estates “Lawyer of the Year.” Senior Associate Chasity W. Cooper is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, and focuses on estate planning, administration and related tax issues, while Senior Associate Kathleen Tanner Beduze has been named as a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star 2016 and focuses her practice on fiduciary, estate and trust litigation. Associate Joshua R. Flores continues to advise clients in all aspects of estate, trust and general civil litigation.
Crain, Caton & James
1401 McKinney St., Ste. 1700
Houston, TX 77010
Osha Liang, LLP, Intellectual Property
Founded in 1998, Osha Liang is a Houston-based intellectual property firm assisting companies with legal and technical services involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The firm also provides consulting services such as IP valuation and IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcies, and venture capital financing. Employing attorneys, engineers, and scientists who collectively speak more than 14 languages, and with four domestic offices as well as offices in France, Japan, and China, Osha Liang brings technical expertise, legal experience, and a global perspective to any IP matter. A list of industries and technologies served is available at www.oshaliang.com.
Osha Liang, LLP
Two Houston Center
909 Fannin St., Ste. 3500
Houston, TX 77010
Brian Ayson | Criminal Defense
“In addition to knowing the law and being well-prepared, you also have to be able to listen to your clients,” argues Brian Ayson, the founder of Ayson Law Firm. “We are attorneys and counselors. Fighting for your clients while helping them through a difficult time is what attorneys should strive for.”
It is Ayson’s devotion to his clients, combined with his tenacity in the courtroom, that has catapulted the firm into one of the city’s up-and-coming practices for personal injury and criminal defense. The firm handles criminal cases, ranging from DWI to murder, and personal injury matters, including automobile and 18-wheeler accidents.
For Ayson, no case is too big—or too small. “I have helped many people charged with a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases,” he says. Not surprisingly, Ayson holds a Superb rating on Avvo, and has a peer-review rating of 4.5/5 on Martindale Law Directory.
Ayson Law Firm
5100 Westheimer Rd., Ste. 200
Houston, TX 77056
Engineer-turned-attorney Robert North combines his 19 years of legal and technical training with a practical approach to problem solving to provide effective solutions for the obstacles impacting his clients’ businesses. From traditional real estate transactions to litigation, North and his firm counsel land developers, community associations and other landowners on all issues affecting real property, including: title conveyances; easements and land encumbrances; contract, warranty, fair housing, restrictive covenant enforcement, real property finance and security agreements; lien priority and foreclosure; landlord/tenant disputes; and legislation affecting landowner rights. “I always look at the impact of my client’s decisions not just in the short-term, but also in the long-term, so that today’s decisions don’t become tomorrow’s disasters,” says North.
Among Robert North’s many distinctions include being selected as an H Texas Top Lawyer in Real Estate for 2014 and 2015, as well as being named to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars list.
North Law, P.C.
1010 Lamar St., Ste. 1500
Houston, TX 77002
Sebastian J. Simon
If you’re in need of an immigration lawyer, Sebastian Simon, a native of Chile who underwent the arduous process of immigrating to the U.S., is your attorney. With years of experience representing clients from the world over, Simon is highly proficient in all areas of the field, including family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, necessary visas, business and investor visas, naturalization and citizenship, deportation defense and asylum.
A graduate of American University with a master’s in international legal studies, Simon received his law degree from Universidad Diego Portales School of Law in Chile. “What I enjoy most is helping families stay together, and I work very hard to achieve that goal. I have successfully helped many people come to the U.S. and in deportation proceedings,” he says.
Mary E. Ramos
Mary E. Ramos, Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has always been committed to helping others. “From the first day of working in a family court during law school, I knew I wouldn’t be able to practice any other area of law,” recalls Ramos, who now has more than a decade of experience.
The Ramos Law Group, PLLC, dedicated to all aspects of family law, including adoptions, divorce litigation, child custody, high-asset property division and more, goes the extra mile to keep stress to a minimum. “We put clients at ease by providing them with the tools to place themselves in the best possible position,” says Ramos. Together with her team, Ramos takes pride in the exceptional service provided to the residents of Houston and its surrounding communities.
Mary E. Ramos
Ramos Law Group, PLLC
1214 Miramar St.
Houston, TX 77006
Jay Cohen | Criminal Defense | DWI
Jay Cohen is a criminal defense attorney focusing on DWI and drug charges. Mr. Cohen—a certified practitioner and instructor in standardized field sobriety testing—continually gets excellent results for his clients by knowing more than the state’s experts, investigating every witness and staying current on the law. Mr. Cohen is committed to staying one step ahead of the prosecutors. Certified in forensic chromatography for both alcohol and drugs, he can scrutinize every step in the crime lab’s analysis of the evidence. Mr. Cohen analyzes his clients’ cases from all angles to ensure the best outcome… Keeping innocent people innocent.
FOUNDING MEMBER: DUI Defense Lawyers Association. MEMBER: The College of the State Bar of Texas; National College for DUI Defense; Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; American Chemical Society.
Criminal Defense Attorney
917 Franklin St., Ste. 400
Houston, TX 77002
Oralia De Luna
Immigration & Nationality Law
Being the daughter of immigrants and a first-generation American, Oralia De Luna understands the needs of her clients. Due to her zealous representation in immigration matters and having been chosen as one of Houston’s top immigration lawyers since 2010, individual and corporate clients worldwide have sought out Ms. De Luna for business-based, family-based and employment-based matters, both domestically and abroad. She has been a leader within the profession, having held positions in the State Bar of Texas Hispanic Issues Section and the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston.
Ms. De Luna can handle all your immigration-related matters. Whether you need legal representation, advice in the green card and naturalization processes or federal litigation in immigration courts, she has the experience to handle and answer your most complex questions.
Ms. De Luna’s firm maintains direct communication with clients and provides utmost reliability enabling clients to stay well informed of their case status. Their motto: “Clients First. Excellence Always!”
ORALIA DE LUNA
De Luna Law Offices, P.C.
1627 Dunlavy St., Houston, TX 77006
Rio Grande Valley
320 W. McIntyre St., Edinburg, TX 78541
Kevin Murray practices in all areas of civil litigation with a high concentration in personal injury, employment and real estate law. In the past, Murray formed a strategic relationship with KPRC Channel 2 Houston and THELAW.TV in an effort to inform the general public regarding employment law. Murray is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court, The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, The United States District Court for the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and all Texas State Courts.
Murray represents individuals who have been seriously injured, as well as the families of individuals who have been killed because of someone else’s negligence. Specifically, Murray represents individuals in the areas of auto accidents, defective drugs, defective products, workplace accidents, maritime accidents, OSHA refinery process safety management compliance, petrochemical and refinery accidents.
Murray’s real estate expertise originates from his experiences as a former owner of a mortgage company and former fee attorney for a title company. Mr. Murray’s diverse real estate experiences allow him to assist: property owners and property managers; developers, builders and contractors; realtors and title companies; real estate investment trusts (REITS); residential and commercial property associations; and buyers and sellers in varied transactions and disputes, ranging from multi-million dollar commercial properties to single-family residences.
Additionally, Murray represents clients regarding severance agreements, covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, and confidentiality agreement. He also represents clients before the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and administrative agencies.
Murray received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey and his law degree from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas. Mr. Murray is affiliated with the The World Affairs Council (Council Cabinet Member), National Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Houston Lawyers Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Bar Association, Texas Young Professionals, Houston Young Professionals, 100 Black Men of America, The American Association for Justice, Greater Houston Builders Association, Texas Association of Builders, National Association of Home Builders and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Kevin A. Murray LLC
1776 Yorktown St., Ste. 350
Houston, TX 77056
James R. “Jim” Butler | DWI Defense
Jim Butler is one of the few lawyers in Houston whose practice is 100 percent DWI defense. Butler is an experienced trial lawyer who litigates both breath and blood test DWI cases.
For attorneys, blood test cases are especially challenging, requiring a level of expertise that takes years to develop. “The way you learn to defend these cases is by actually going to trial and learning what works and what doesn’t,” says Butler. “You have to know the evidence you’re looking for and also know how to present it to the jury in a way that makes sense.”
Aside from the challenge of taking on difficult cases, one of Butler’s favorite aspects about his work is helping his clients. “These people are good, hardworking people—many of them had never been in trouble before they were arrested for DWI,” he says. “When they come into my office, they’re scared. They’re afraid of losing everything they have worked so hard to achieve.”
Butler believes that although DWI laws are necessary and should be enforced, innocent people sometimes get charged with DWI. “In order to convict someone of DWI, the State has to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Butler explains. “That’s the highest burden of proof we have in our legal system, and it’s the burden that I hold the government to each and every day.”
James R. Butler
The Butler Law Firm
11500 Northwest Freeway, Ste. 400
Houston, TX 77092
Jerry D. Patchen, Attorney at Law
Criminal & Civil Litigation
Jerry D. Patchen brings four decades of experience and wisdom to the trial practice of criminal, civil and family cases. For over 25 years he has earned very high peer review ratings in legal ability and ethical standards. Representing clients in more than 25 states, his ability to litigate cases in State and Federal Courts is remarkable. “Not Guilty” in criminal trials including capital murder, possession and delivery of drugs, robbery, assault, theft and DWI. His victories include defense of a federal conspiracy indictment with one million pounds
Civil recoveries include $8.5 million in business litigation and million dollar recoveries involving wrongful death, automobile and truck accidents, rollovers, gunshot victims and malpractice. Civil cases range from divorces, will contest, toxic exposure, Jones Act claims and products liability. Jerry Patchen was awarded the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award by the State Bar of Texas for his tireless pro bono efforts on behalf of the American Indians. He worked to secure their religious freedom, land rights and recovery of ancestral remains and sacred objects.
Uniquely devoting his skill to a broad range of cases he says, “It’s all about proving facts.”
JERRY D. PATCHEN
PATCHEN & HARKINS ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Houston, TX 77002
Hector J. Lopez, JD, LL.M
Immigration | Nationality Law
There is no mistake when many local attorneys in Houston call Mr. Hector J. Lopez the business immigration GURU. His financial, business and legal background gives him a very unique combination of skills, which have resulted in the product he is today.
Attorney Lopez has a special ability to design successful business and investment structures that meet both, U.S. Immigration standards and business goals for foreign national investors. He is considered a true “immigration architect.”
Mr. Lopez has earned the respect and good reputation among his peers and clients. He is also one of the most renowned and well respected immigration attorneys within the Venezuelan community in Houston. High ethical standards and personalized attention to his clients have been key to his successful practice.
With over 20 years of experience as an attorney and more than 14 years in the immigration field, Attorney Lopez specializes in business, employment and investment immigration. He is licensed to practice law in both jurisdictions, Texas and Venezuela.
Attorney Lopez represents individuals seeking U.S. immigration benefits, as well as businesses seeking to secure permanent resident status of their foreign employees in the United States in many industries including Oil & Gas, Consulting, Manufacturing, Engineering, Financial Services, Healthcare, Education, Freight Forwarding and Information Technology among others.
He has successfully processed hundreds of labor certification cases under PERM for employers; as well as green cards for professionals of extraordinary ability; others holding advanced degrees requesting national interest waivers and entrepreneurs willing to invest in the United States.
He is licensed to practice law before all courts in Texas, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and all Immigration Courts in the United States. He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas, the College of the State Bar of Texas, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Venezuelan Bar Association.
He is an exclusive writer of bi-weekly articles on various immigration topics for a local newspaper (EV-Houston) and has been frequently invited to answer immigration questions on live television at Univision-45, one of the largest American Spanish language broadcast television networks.
His contribution to the Houston community has been invaluable and most especially for the Venezuelan community. His TOP LAWYERING skills combined with his multicultural background and education, makes Attorney Lopez one of a kind in the field.
Law Offices of Hector J. Lopez, PLLC
2401 Fountain View Dr., Ste. 910
Houston, TX 77057
Golda R. Jacob has successfully practiced family law in the Houston area for over 20 years. Her strong commitment and dedication to clients has consistently produced outstanding results. Jacob and her staff have a reputation for providing personal attention to each and every client they represent. “We treat every case as a priority,” Ms. Jacob states. “We care about our clients, their children and their problems. We want clients to make it through the divorce process as unscathed as possible.”
Golda R. Jacob & Associates, PC, is experienced in every aspect of family law including adoption, divorce, property division and creative solutions, child custody, child support, child protective services cases, modifications, visitation rights, grandparent access, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and paternity suits. The combination of real-life experience and extensive legal knowledge ensure that the firm always provides outstanding legal guidance. Over the years, Ms. Jacob has maintained a relationship with many of her clients who often seek her counsel regarding many kinds of legal issues including business law, estate planning, wills, trusts, bankruptcy, guardianship and probate.
Ms. Jacob was named to the Super Lawyer® list both in 2011–2014. She is board certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Law Examiners, a member of the State Bar College of Texas and a member of the Gulf Coast Legal Foundation.
“I take the time to understand the unique situation of each client in order to act in their best interest,” says Ms. Jacob. “While our firm understands that litigation is not always the way to settle issues, sometimes it is necessary and when that happens preparation is everything.”
Golda R. Jacob
Golda R. Jacob & Associates, PC
440 Louisiana St., Ste. 1500
Houston, TX 77002
Wright & Close LLP | Civil Trial and Appeals
Why Wright & Close? Our team includes board certified† lawyers with decades of experience in state and federal courts. Trials are a big part of what we do. And complementing our trial practice group is an appellate practice team including board certified† appellate lawyers, a former appellate court Justice, and several former appellate court clerks.
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Our team has won jury trials on claims involving fiduciary duties, oil and gas royalties, trade secrets, patent infringement, and insurance coverage—in some of Texas’ toughest venues. We recently won a $35M arbitration award for one client, and successfully defended against a $125M arbitration claim for another. That’s part of the reason Best Lawyers® lists us as a “Tier 1” defense firm. Our team has also won over 35 cases in state and federal appellate courts since 2012—including 14 in the Texas Supreme Court—which is why Best Lawyers® also places us in its “Tier 1” category for Appellate Practice.
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Wright & Close LLP
One Riverway, Ste. 2200
Houston, TX 77056
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP | Securities and Investment Fraud
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP is a Houston, Texas based securities law firm. SSEK is the largest law firm in Texas and one of the largest in the United States whose practice is devoted entirely to securities litigation and arbitration.
For over twenty years, the firm has represented thousands of investors nationwide in securities matters. Those cases range from stock and bond cases to complex derivatives and private equity investments. In addition to individual investors, SSEK also represents institutional investors such as pension funds, retirement plans, corporations, family trusts, banks, credit unions, private foundations, charitable organizations, and state and local municipalities. The firm handles cases ranging in value from $100,000 to hundreds of millions in losses.
Many of the firm’s attorneys, staff members and consultants have held positions as officers, compliance personnel or registered representatives of major Wall Street firms, providing the firm with more than 100 years of combined experience in the securities industry and securities law. SSEK is able to use its unique knowledge and experience to champion the rights of all investors (big and small) against brokerage firms, investment advisors and investment banks through negotiation, arbitration and litigation.
SHEPHERD SMITH EDWARDS & KANTAS, LLP
1010 Lamar St., Ste. 900
Houston, TX 77002
The Kahn Law Firm, PC
Personal Injury | Criminal Defense
The husband and wife legal team of John J. Kahn, Jr. and Jennifer Hodges Kahn handle all types of Personal Injury and Criminal Defense cases in Harris County, Brazoria County and the general Southeast Texas area. They provide a unique team effort as a married couple and represent clients with utmost respect and Christian values.
The Kahn Law Firm handles a wide variety of personal injury cases from auto and trucking accidents to child injuries and premises liability cases, and all types of criminal cases including DWI, drug cases, thefts, robberies and juvenile cases. In all cases, the attorneys at the firm are available to help with diligence, understanding and professionalism.
Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University and both are graduates of South Texas College of Law. John and Jennifer are members of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Christian Trial Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. The couple have five children: Carson, Cody, Carolyn, Corey and Colton and are very involved with the children’s sports and extra-curricular activities including volunteering as a Little League Coach and serving on the Board of Directors as President and Vice President of a youth football and cheer organization in Pearland.
The Kahn Law Firm, PC
9330 Broadway Street, Ste. A-224
Pearland, TX 77584
For more than a decade, Lacy LaFour has practiced solely in the area of family law. Prior to opening her own office, Ms. LaFour worked in a family law firm that marketed exclusively to high net-worth clientele. When asked why she decided to go out on her own, she said, “I knew that I could take what I had learned from years of working on some of the most complicated property and child related issues that family lawyers face and provide that experience to a broader range of clients, and do so in a much more personalized manner.”
Ms. LaFour combines her psychology and legal backgrounds into a client centered law practice that focuses on honest advice and efficient case management, where clients benefit from her personable approach. “I get people. I have been through difficult times, I know what a crisis feels like, and I know how to help clients maneuver through the process emotionally.”
Ms. LaFour is certified in collaborative law and is a certified mediator. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and, in addition to being a member of several bar organizations, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Law Section of the Houston Bar Association.
LaFour Law Firm PC
1177 West Loop South, Ste. 700
Houston, TX 77027
Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz
A 65th Birthday Often Means Retirement. For Abraham Watkins…Not Even Close!
Since 1951, Abraham Watkins has been providing exceptional representation to victims of motor vehicle and 18-wheeler crashes, workplace and maritime injuries, explosions, fires, defective products, medical malpractice, business disputes, and to families who have lost loved ones as a result of wrongful death. After 65 years, we have the longest track record for success of any plaintiffs’ personal injury firm in Texas. There simply is not a more established plaintiffs’ firm, and we continue to stay that way. Call us today for a free consultation.
ABRAHAM, WATKINS, NICHOLS, SORRELS, AGOSTO & AZIZ
800 Commerce Street
Houston, TX 77002