The Willis Law Firm - Texas and New York*
The Willis Law Firm is based in Houston, Texas with a strong national presence and recognition. With over 30 years of personal injury & product liability experience, Mr. Willis has gained a national reputation as a leading personal injury lawyer in the United States. He specializes in the prosecution of serious injury cases involving burns,liver cancer, lung damage, heart damage, paralysis, anoxic brain damage, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death suits against foreign and domestic pharmaceutical manufacturers, chemical plants and other corporate entities. He has represented thousands of clients in drug cases, medical devices involving Fen Phen, Pondimin, Paxil, Zoloft, Baycol, Ephedra (ma huang), Medtronic, Zyprexa, Rezulin, PPA, Vioxx, Elidel, Bextra and numerous other serious injury,benzene exposure, silica dust exposure (silicosis), ethylene oxide exposure, asbestos exposure mesothelioma, drug and pharmaceutical injury lawsuits.
Mr. Willis and his personal injury law firm are committed to representing seriously injured people and their families. Mr. Willis was born and raised in Texas. He graduated from Baylor University in 1978 and then went on to graduate from the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas in 1982. Mr. Willis served as a Briefing Attorney on the Supreme Court of Texas for the Honorable Robert M.Campbell in Austin, Texas until 1984, when he began to practice plaintiff's personal injury law in Houston. In 1992, Mr. Willis founded Willis & Associates, a personal injury law firm with heavy emphasis in products liability litigation.
Mr. Willis' educational, career and legal background include:
Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer
Mr. Willis has the distinction of being a Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1988. This legal certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization identifies an attorney who has been recognized as having extensive knowledge and actual experience trying a prescribed number of personal injury cases to a jury verdict. In order to be Board Certified, Mr. Willis had to pass strict testing and qualification requirements to demonstrate his knowledge of the law of evidence, procedure and other areas of substantive law in the trial of civil cases. Less than 2% of all Texas attorneys have earned this important certification in Personal Injury Trial Law.
Recognized and awarded prestigious award
Further, in 1997, Mr. Willis was involved in one of the nation's first Firestone ATX Radial Tread / Belt Separation and Ford Explorer rollover cases which occurred in Texas. A products liability lawsuit was filed in 1998 against Ford and Firestone due to the Ford Explorer going out of control and rolling after the back left Firestone ATX radial tire's tread came off. After a long battle with Ford and Firestone a very significant confidential settlement was reached by all parties. On July 17, 2001 Mr. Willis was recognized as one of a very select group of products liability attorneys in the nation and was awarded the prestigious Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award for his contributions in investigating and gathering evidence pertaining to tire belt separation and vehicle rollovers in Firestone Tire and Ford Explorer Cases. The efforts by these selected attorneys and others helped lead to the largest recall in U.S. history. This award was presented to Mr. Willis by the President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA).